Eastland is becoming known as the 'City of
Museums'. Many more museums are being planned and others
are already in the process of being completed.
See list of
museums coming to Eastland.
Organized in 1992, the Eastland County
Museum & Historical Society immediately began to archive period
photographs and other memorabilia related to the county and the
surrounding area. The first floor has a very large space for county and
traveling exhibits. The mezzanine, overlooking the main floor, will have
areas for exhibits and will also be available for lectures and meetings.
The second floor is divided into the original small office spaces. These
offices, with their original dark woodwork and patterned glass, will be
used for permanent displays of history of each community in Eastland
County. The basement includes the vault, used to secure important museum
archives, and a large room for permanent historic display exhibits. For
more info, see website.
Law Enforcement Museum
Built in 1897, the old Eastland County Jail, contains many
artifacts and memorabilia of Eastland County and Law Enforcement
history. The jail once housed one of the infamous Santa Clause Bank
Robbers in 1927 from a bloody bank heist and
carvings of his name inside his cell block can still be seen. Across the
street from the County Jail and on the corner, sits a stone marker
telling of the timeline and events that led up to, the last public
lynching in Texas.
For more info, see website.
Outdoor Art Exhibit
in this outdoor museum are replicas of famous pieces by many well-known
artist. Their purpose is to teach people about art history. Each display
includes a short history of the artwork and artist. This project,
prompted by the past and current high school art teachers and students,
is an ongoing display that grows each month. Currently boasting over 30
pieces at various business locations, it began as an art history class
project and has turned into a beautiful community activity involving
many business leaders to also show off their talents. For more info, see website.