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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"

COVID-19 UPDATE

AS OF JULY 1st, 2020:

OUR EXHIBITS AND GIFT SHOP AND VISITOR CENTER ARE CURRENTLY OPEN NORMAL HOURS
 

Monday-Saturday 9:00 am-6:00 pm with the last showing at 4:30 pm.

Sunday 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm with the last showing at 3:30 pm.

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This month in Texas history

Date: January 15, 1874

On this day, Democrat Richard Coke was inaugurated as governor of Texas.  Nevertheless, Republican governor Edmund J. Davis refused to vacate the office.  Coke had overwhelmingly won the gubernatorial election in 1873.  But the election was tainted by irregularities on both sides, and the state Supreme Court had voided the contest in Ex parte Rodriguez.  Davis cited these facts and refused to budge.  He even called in the Travis Rifles, but these troops supported Coke when they got into the Capitol.  Davis then appealed for federal troops to President Grant, who telegraphed a refusal.  Coke took over when Davis resigned on January 19.

Explore this exhibit: A Wild Land

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

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