Keystone Museum

Committee members Robert Mattson and Sherry Boultinghouse show items on display at the temporary exhibit “Saddle Up — Garb & Gear of Western Heritage” currently on display at the Keystone Square Museum in Lampasas.

LAMPASAS — From animals to artifacts, history buffs can take the opportunity to experience exhibits at Lampasas’s Keystone Square Museum this summer.

Visitors may enjoy permanent and temporary displays unique to Texas and the nation’s history, with a focus on the lives, occupations and tools used by early settlers in the Lampasas community.

Museum committee member Sherry Boultinghouse said some of the museum favorites are a model of the Hostess House, a pioneer kitchen display and other items featuring Lampasas when it was a flourishing vacation site.

People traveled to Lampasas by train to use the refreshing mineral water of the free-flowing Hancock Springs Pool.

A temporary exhibit, “Saddle Up — Garb and Gear of Western Heritage,” is running through July 27. The exhibit compliments this year’s Spring Ho Festival theme, “Saddles, Spurs and Springs,” and features the gear, clothing, tools and badges worn by those who helped tame the Wild West.

Robert Mattson, first vice president of the museum board, said the items show what Western heritage is all about, with pieces from the museum’s collection and items on temporary loan.

“We have several saddles, weapons and a collection of small bronzes that distinguish and show what Western heritage is,” Mattson said. “And we’ve displayed items from the U.S. Cavalry, because the Cavalry was a very important part of Lampasas and the county’s history.”

The archive facility originated in 1975 by a museum committee dedicated to preserving Lampasas’ history and culture. Before settling at its current location, 303 S. Western Ave., the historic gallery had at least two former locations.

In 1977, the museum committee purchased the Lampasas Plumbing and Sheet Metal building, its current location, to give the archive a permanent home. The plumbing and sheet metal building is believed to been built during the 1870s and is perhaps one of the oldest structures in Lampasas. The museum opened its doors to the public for continuous operation July 14, 1982.

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