Museum & Art Gallery in Abilene, TX
The strength and leadership of women was an essential factor in holding people together and in helping them survive on the frontier. Judy Matthews and Dian Owen Stai have continued this tradition by using their resources and influence to improve the lives of people in many ways, including this project. Their commitment is a primary force that brought Frontier Texas! To life. Frontier Texas! Is a museum and visitor center for Abilene and the Texas Forts Trail, and is 501(c)3) nonprofit organization. The facility opened in April 2003. CLICK HERE for additional visitor information.
read moreFrontier Texas is a history museum, gift shop and the official visitor center for Abilene and the Texas Forts Trail Region. On this day, during the final months of the Civil War, Governor Pendleton Murrah urged Texans to put aside personal ambitions and make sacrifices in defense of their liberty. Murrah, a native of either Alabama or South Carolina, had moved to Texas in 1850. After serving in the state legislature, Murrah was elected governor of Texas in 1863. As governor, he became involved in a series of controversies over control of the state's manpower and economy with Gen. John B. Magruder, the Confederate military commander of the Texas district, and his superior, Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith, commander of the Trans-Mississippi Department.