Window on the Plains
Museum

1820 South Dumas Ave
Dumas, TX  79029
Located on the southwest corner of Dumas
on busy Highway 87-287

(806) 935-3113  Fax (806) 934-3621
   dumasmuseum@windstream.net


  Hours: Monday - Saturday 10:00a.m.  -  5:00p.m.
     Admission is free.

 

   

 

Museum Day is September 27, 2014

Click here for more information.


For information concerning any of the Museum Day activities, call 806-935-3113

 

Some of our displays include:

Military Display Military Display David Swinford Wall

David Swinford's Office

See some of the items available in our Gift Shop.

Window on the Plains Museum began in 1976 as Moore County Historical Museum. 
The facility was housed in the ballroom of a landmark hotel until 2001, when it was moved to its
permanent home and became Window on the Plains Museum. 

In addition to extensive displays centered around farming and ranching, industry, business,
family life and wildlife, the museum houses a research and archives center. 

View information on the Don Ray Exhibit

These are some of the displays you will see when visiting the Museum.

1900's Street Scene
A view of businesses 100 years ago can be seen in the replica of a 1900's street scene.  A general store, post office and doctor's office can be seen by walking down a wooden sidewalk.

 
     

 

Phillips and Son
General Store

A general store was started in Dumas as early as 1892.  It later became the Phillips and Son General Store
that operated until 1994.

 

     
Physician, Druggist, and Dentist Office
Early day doctors took care not only of medical problems, but also served as druggists and dentists.

 
     
 

Early Moore County Ranch House
 
Ranching was one of the early occupations for Moore County.  This replica of a typical rancher's home was constructed of wood from a barn that was over 100 years old.  

     
Ranch House Office
An inlaid bookcase from the Sneed ranch decorated the ranch office.  Some other
items date back to 1903 and 1905 

 
     

 

Ranch House Kitchen
A beautiful Majestic wood stove was donated by the Irwin Wiseman family.  The stove and several of the other kitchen furnishings came from the Wiseman family. 
     
1920's - 1930's House
in Moore County
Many years of experience by a master carpenter helped design this replica
of an early 1920's family home. 

 
     

 

 

Early Moore
County Home

Most 1920's to 1930's homes were small, usually just four or five rooms.
This home has a dining room,
parlor and bedroom. 
     
Dining Area in
1920's House
This dining area includes a
wall crank telephone.  The table and sidebar are gifts from the Irwin Wiseman family. An étagère holds a collection of china and crystal. 

 
     

 

 

Bedroom Area of
1920's House
A beautiful bird's eye maple
bedroom suite fills the bedroom
of the 1920's home.  Other decorations include a wall hanging woven from human hair and a sewing machine brought by ship from White Russia in the early 1900's.
     
     

Blacksmith Shop
The replica of a blacksmith shop
includes a forge used by Dumas'
original blacksmith and the original insurance policy that covered his business. 

 
     
   

Roundup Scene
Saddles cover the fence surrounding the campfire area of a cattle roundup.  The cowboy represents Marshall Cator, a well known local rancher, who is recognized in the National Cowboy Hall of Fame.
     

Tent Meeting
Camp meetings were  held by traveling  preachers to bring religion to the scattered communities.  Tents were set up and visitors would camp in the area and attend the meetings.   

 

 

     
 



 

Playa Lake
Playa lakes are important for both ranching and for wild life. Runoff from rain gathers in low areas and provides water for cattle and wildlife.  During dry seasons many of the lakes dry up.   

 

     

Farming and Ranching
Farming and ranching opportunities brought the first settlers to the
area, and remain a staple of High Plains economy and culture. 

 

  

     
 

Early Communication
When telephones first came to Moore County, the lines were sometimes run on top of fences. Switchboards and many styles of telephones are displayed in the Agriculture/Industry Addition.



An outdoor display of farming, ranching and industrial artifacts
is being developed on the back of the ten-acre tract
that is home to the Window on the Plains Museum.
 

A group of volunteers called "Windmillers" help staff the museum.  Their
responsibilities include cleaning displays, greeting visitors, helping with tours,
staffing the gift shop and inventorying and cataloging artifacts. 

Most of the work that has brought Window on the Plains Museum into being
has been done by volunteers, who have labored at every stage of its creation. 
They have torn down old barns, erected walls, built displays, washed dishes,
mopped floors and worked at many small and thankless tasks to bring the museum to life. 
Your enjoyment of the museum displays and artifacts is their greatest reward. 

 

 

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