Limestone County Historical Museum

The Limestone County Historical Museum houses many interesting exhibits that document the history of Limestone County, Texas.  On display are photographs and various other artifacts that provide information on Native Americans, early settlers, Fort Parker, communities and schools, the railroad, agriculture, military involvement, the Mexia Oil Boom, and notable personalities.

 

Admission is free, but donations are always appreciated.

 

 

The Board of Directors of the Limestone County Historical Museum installed new officers at its regular meeting on September 24.  Left to right: William Reagan - President, Teresa Penny - Historian, Larry Smith - Vice President, and Tom Hawkins - Treasurer.  Liz McDaniel (not picture) was installed as secretary.

 

Surveyor's Compass Now on Display

This swivel head surveyor’s compass and its wooden pike pole were donated to the museum by L. L. Geren of Groesbeck in the 1970’s. It has recently been placed back on display after being in storage for several years. It was used by H. W. Williams (1862-1910) during the 1880’s and 1890’s. Mr. Williams was a lawyer and surveyor who served as Limestone County Surveyor from 1886 to 1888.

 

 

President Franklin D. Roosevelt made a campaign stop in Groesbeck on May 11, 1937. His special train stopped at the Groesbeck depot where a large crowd greeted him. Texas Governor Jimmy Allred is pictured to the right of President Roosevelt in three of the photos.

Can you help identify the men in this photograph?

This photo of Groesbeck businessmen and leaders was taken next to the Cynthia Ann Hotel sometime during the 1930s. Some of the men have been identified, but the museum needs help with the others.

 

Front Row (l to r): 1) Jack Hawkins,  2) ?,  3) ?,  4) H. O. Whitehurst,   5) ?,  6) ?,  7) Carl Cannon,  8) C. D. Kelly,  9) ?,  10) ?,  11) J. J. Barfield,  12) Scott Reed,  13) ?,  14) Judge H. F. Kirby,  15) ?

 

Back Row (l to r): 1) ?,  2) ?,  3) ?,  4) ?,  5) Paul Humble,  6) ?,  7) ?,  8) ?,  9) ?,  10) Bunn Cayton,  11) ?,  12) ?,  13) ?,  14) Harry Humble