718 Main St.

Gatesville, Texas


Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.

Admission: $2, $1 for senior adults and students, free for active military personnel and their families.

What’s there? Lloyd and Madge Mitchell boot spur collection, world’s largest; exhibit rooms for Coryell County Courthouse, doctor’s office, soda fountain and pharmacy, country store, smithy for ironworking, cotton and ice wagons, hotel lobby, kitchen with 1932 electric refrigerator, school classroom, church pews, World War II/Camp Hood display, country musician Curtis Troutt exhibit with guitars and bass.

Don’t miss: Only double-wall log jail left in Texas, which once housed Texas outlaw Sam Bass; brass courtroom spittoons; display on black freeman community Lincolnville; wicker basket used to transport bodies from homes to funeral homes; and 6,000 boot spurs, including ones worn by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Pancho Villa.

Gift shop: Yes, featuring T-shirts, posters, children’s toys, jewelry, bric-a-brac, spurs.

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.