On the Road to Carson County's Square House Museum
Carson County’s Square House Museum is a Texas Panhandle museum located appropriately in the town of Panhandle.
The history of the museum itself goes back to its founder, Jo Ella Randel. When Randel decided on bringing a museum to town she had a vision for exactly what she wanted.
“She thought that would just be a great beginning for our museum,” said Dixie Surratt, “That's why it’s called the Square House Museum.”
What was once a residential home in the east part of town, became the home to the museum.
“She just thought that when people came down [Highway] 207 that it would be a really good place for people to stop and come in and visit,” explained Surratt.
Now more than 50 years later, the museum has outgrown that square house and spans across an entire complex.
“Well of course, you see the exhibits here of the Indians and then over in the Square House, we have the gun display that is just about two years old,” said Surratt.
Of course, the museum doesn't stop there. It's an interactive experience for all who visit from the replica jail to the caboose outside, a wildlife exhibit and of course, a windmill that was put together with the help of JB Buchanan himself.
“We feel like the young people need to know the history of the county and how it was started,” said Surratt.
Today the museum continues to tell the stories of early beginnings with the main goal still the same -- to educate.
“We charge no admission and you can just come and we have a little square house box you can make a donation if they want to, and it's just one that tells the history of this area and the different pioneers that have been a vital part of it,” said Surratt.
The museum is open seven days a week, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.