Our Town Dumas: A look into the Window on the Plains Museum

An old Moore County general store was recreated in the museum with donated artifacts

Hundreds of events, volunteers, and donations helped bring the Window on the Plains Museum to where it is now.

"I think what makes it special is the people in the community that have given us the things that we have,?? said Museum Director Terri George. ??Our donors, that makes it very special."

The museum displays everything from native dumas animals to artifacts from old Moore County general stores, all donated items from the people of the high plains.

"It's interesting, people will come in and say oh we've got one of those, I didn't know what I was going to do with it, are you interested in it? And we usually are if we can find a place to put it."

Decades ago it started off as a display in a small hotel, now with its own building as well as a new barn addition; the museum is still spilling over with donated artifacts.

"As you can see space is beginning to be our problem,?? said Bill Watson, president of the museum board, ??so we're either going to have to move something out or change some displays up eventually. Or build another building, that's what we would like to do."

George explained that about 6,000 people from all over the country stop in to check out the museum each year, and she said the museum is precious to her because it captivates the history of her beloved home.

"I personally got to watch it be built from the ground up,?? George said. ??I got to see it being developed and I got to be a part of that."

As for the Dumas school kids, Watson said he enjoys teaching them about the hardships that his ancestors endured on the Texas plains.

"I'm of that generation that sees a need to keep some of these artifacts around for our younger generations," Watson said.

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