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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.

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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

Graham Drive-In

One of a handful of outdoor movie theaters still operating in Texas, features first-run and recent . On Old Jacksboro Hwy. ...

Concho Avenue

Was the first street in downtown area in "Santa Angela," and street's colorful history is reflected in its stores and buildin...

Canyon Country Club

Course Access: Semi-PrivateHoles: 9Reserve Advance Tee Times: 2 days...

Southwest Golf Course

Course Access: PublicHoles: 18Reserve Advance Tee Times: Yes...

Abilene Zoo

One of five largest in state; animals displayed in modern areas simulating natural habitat. Discovery Center is a "zoo wit...