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Cross Plains, Texas

Cross Plains was established as a post office in 1877, and was originally known as Turkey Creek and Schleicher. It was probably named for the crossings of the stage coaches and military roads prior to the Civil War. An historic marker is in Treadaway Park where Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant camped with their troops on the banks of Turkey Creek. East and West Caddo Peaks, visible from Texas 36 five miles west of town, were used as landmarks by Indians, soldiers, and government survey crews.

Today, the community has a large trade area with an economy based on farming, ranching, and oil and gas production. Hunting for dove, quail, turkey, and white-tailed deer is excellent in the area.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Cross Plains Public Library

The library houses a large collection of Robert E. Howard first edition books as well as original manuscripts and Weird Tales magazines (one of the original "pulp fiction" magazines and a major publisher of Howard's works)

Cross Plains, TX Libraries

Things to do near Cross Plains, TX

San Angelo Children's Art Museum

In the Cactus Hotel, kids of all ages find hands-on activities to explore and create....

Scenic Drives

Vivid illustrations of High Plains topography along Texas 86 and Texas 207 north. Travelers will see immense proportions of H...

Vietnam Archives

This collection is the largest primary source materials of the Vietnam War outside of the holding of the U.S. government. In ...

Heritage Museum

Pioneer and Indian artifacts, art exhibits, and displays of local history and early West Texas. Houses the world's largest co...

Lake Meredith Aquatic and Wildlife Museum

Living specimens of some 16 species of fish found in Lake Meredith and the Canadian River are among primary features of the f...