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BELL COUNTY MUSEUM

201 N. Main St., Belton

254-933-5243

Hours: Noon. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.

Admission: Free.

What’s there? Main building is renovated 1905 Carnegie Library, one of 12 in state; Gault Site exhibit of early human artifacts from 14,000 B.C.E; Civil War and World War II displays highlighting Bell Country residents; origins of Santa Fe Railroad in Central Texas (with 19th-century telegraph key and mailbag hook for train) and Camp Hood; research library.

Don’t miss: History of 19th Century female commune the Sanctified Sisters; collection of rare mustache cups (teacups with inner mustache guard); gallery for touring exhibits, including current interactive “Our Lives, Our Stories” Greatest Generation exhibit through Aug. 9; transcripts of Bell County slave narratives; Bell County pioneer cabin interior; sculptor Troy Kelley’s Chisholm Trail monument with 17 panels depicting the trail’s history.

Gift shop: Yes, featuring stuffed animals, books, Christmas ornaments of Bell County churches, Gault Site T-shirts,

For Thursdays in July, we’re profiling some of the smaller museums in Central Texas for summer day trips, educational visits or simply contact with the new and different.