A few words about our museum

From Spanish conquistadores and Indian battles to railroads and oil booms, Hemphill County, Texas, has seen it all. Located in the northeast Panhandle, Hemphill County is a land of sage-covered sand hills and rolling breaks, with towering buttes and deep canyons cut by the Canadian River. It is a place once inhabited by the ancient mammoth and mastodon and, more recently, thundering herds of bison.

Hemphill County has a rich human history too. It was home to the Kiowa, Comanche, and Cheyenne and was crossed by Coronado’s famous expedition in 1540.  American Indian fights, such as the Battle of Buffalo Wallow, also occurred here. Canadian, the county seat, has a history of its own. This oasis located on the banks of the Canadian River was the site of the first rodeo in Texas and a stop on the Santa Fe Railway.  Other commerce soon followed, including a successful ranching and farming culture, as well as many thriving oil and natural gas industries.  Canadian's River Valley Pioneer Museum offers historic interpretation of the settlement period in the eastern Texas Panhandle.  We have permanent exhibits as well as rotating exhibits from a variety of collections.

So, come by and experience our history--it's alive and kicking!