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Frontier Texas is a history museum, gift shop and the official visitor center for Abilene and the Texas Forts Trail Region. Now Showing "Blood & Treasure on the Frontier"

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Our hours are: Monday-Saturday 9:00am-6:00pm (last showing at 5:00pm) and Sunday 1:00pm-5:00pm (last showing at 4:00)

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This month in Texas history

Date: May 28, 1923

On this day, Santa Rita No. 1 came in. It was located on University of Texas land in Reagan County. Early in the morning the well sprayed oil over the top of the derrick and covered a 250-yard area around the site. Santa Rita attracted the attention of scouts from major oil companies and proved that the Permian Basin was indeed rich in oil. In 1940 the Santa Rita pump was moved from its original site to the University of Texas campus in Austin. Its presence commemorates a time of transformation for both the University of Texas and Texas A&M University, which shared oil royalties on state university land.

Explore this exhibit: A Wild Land

13,000 Years of cultures smashed by the forces of this region

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