Frontier Texas! in Abilene is a top tourist attraction as unique as the West Texas Big Country where it is situated just off of Interstate 20. The attraction designed to mirror the old forts that once dotted the landscape houses a museum unlike any other that features life-like holographic figures explaining the Old West in the 1870s when the westward movement was at its peak, Indians were fighting for their way of life, and cattle drives were a great part of life.
The museum is so chock full of information that repeat visitors generally comment on how much they see and hear every time they visit that they somehow missed the time before. Now the scope of Frontier Texas! history is about to expand to incorporate even pre-history when early man fought wooly mammoths, likely on the very ground where the museum stands.
Going forward, the exhibits will advance another decade from 1870 to include the establishment of the new railroad town of Abilene, Texas. Interestingly, just down the street from Frontier Texas! is the Grace Museum that provides Abilene history in the early boom times of the 1900s.
Frontier Texas! is more than just history to art aficionados who are treated to the panoramic paintings of internationally known local artist, H.C. Zachry. In fact, Executive Director Jeff Salmon credits Zachry as being the inspiration behind the establishment of Frontier Texas! Salmon also stressed that all of the Zachry artwork in the museum has been donated by the artist.
The museum will close on January 1, until March 2, 2013, for extensive additions and changes to its already impressive presence. Visitors will have a more hands on experience with touch screen technology, allowing them to activate the holographic actors who narrate the museum experience. Pyramid Studios of Richmond, Virginia, is once again involved in the production end of the museum’s exhibitions, while Brent Johnson Design of Boston helps transform the interior changes.
More emphasis is being placed on the historic Texas Fort Trails of which Abilene is the hub. Maps are available for history buffs who would like to visit those old forts that had so much to do with the development of the area. More artifacts are being incorporated into the exhibits, especially the authentic Indian tepee that will now contain real implements found in the dwellings. In addition to the museum’s prized J. Wright Moore buffalo rifle, more antique guns of the west will soon be on exhibit.
The expansion of the exhibits also call for additional personal stories. Technology today has allowed for those amendments without losing the original guides through the museum. Veteran actor Buck Taylor returns as the narrator of the exhibit on the new theater space that prepares visitors for what they are about to witness.