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March 18, 2014

New Texas Forts Trail book captures beauty/history

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So far, THTP has seen success in their efforts in combination with statewide marketing of heritage regions, according to Texas Fort Trail's website.

The vision of THTP views Texas as a place where:

• The diverse places of the Lone Star State are preserved and promoted for present and future generations.

• Visitors and residents delight in experiencing, firsthand, the real places telling the real stories of our state's heritage and cultures.

• The total visitor experience of Texas' diverse places stimulates local economies.

• Heritage tourism is a community-based enterprise that contributes to its livability and sense of place.

According to Tarleton State University's website, the W.K. Gordon Center for Industrial History of Texas is a research facility belonging to the University. It is a combined museum and special collections library located in Thurber, covering the town's history.

The history of Thurber is rich and different from many other towns because it was established and owned by the Texas and Pacific Coal Company.

Every facility, from homes, schools and stores, right down to churches were owned by the company.

At the center, guests can hear stories about Thurber life from locals, examine exhibits filled with historic photos and artifacts, watch a film of Thurber residents, walk past reconstructions of the mercantile store, the livery stable, the town bandstand, the 655-seat opera house and the Snake Saloon. Ultimately, W.K. Gordon Center is filled with interactive exhibits exploring the birth and death of  Thurber, a once booming “company” town.

For more information on the upcoming event, contact W.K. Gordon Center at 254-968-1886. To learn more about Texas Forts Trail, visit www.texasfortstrail.com. To learn more about W.K. Gordon Center, visit www.tarleton.edu/gordoncenter.

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