Art plays a vital role in the story of Texas,
and will enhance your experience along the
Texas Forts Trail.
Some of the most interesting
pieces of Texas history, as
well as the state’s valued
homegrown handiwork can
be viewed thro...
Eastland's Outdoor Art
Exhibit consists of 41
pieces of art placed near
or on businesses
throughout Eastland.
Each piece o...
Eastland, Texas, made national news in 1928 when the
current Art Deco style courthouse replaced the town’s
1897 courthouse...
Tallulah Bankhead of the
famous Bankhead family
for which the Bankhead
Highway was named.
She became the inspiration
for o...
Palo Pinto’s name originated from
a Native American phrase for
“Painted Poles.”
Indians would used painted poles
as marker...
Mineral Wells is home to a
welcome sign that created then
inspired a more famous one,
the Hollywood sign.
After years of w...
Graham’s Old Post Office
Museum & Art Center is filled
with permanent exhibits of
Young County history.
It includes a mura...
Situated in a restored 1878 jail, The Old Jail
Art Center is a widely-acclaimed art museum
dedicated to the visual arts an...
Walt Disney’s film, Old
Yeller, premiered at the
Odeon Theatre, because
native son Fred Gipson
wrote the story in Mason.
A...
San Angelo has incorporated art
throughout the city. Whether it be
visiting the Fine Arts Museum or
stopping by the visito...
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  1. 1. Art plays a vital role in the story of Texas, and will enhance your experience along the Texas Forts Trail.
  2. 2. Some of the most interesting pieces of Texas history, as well as the state’s valued homegrown handiwork can be viewed through the unique artwork found along the trail. Let’s take a trip down the trail!
  3. 3. Eastland's Outdoor Art Exhibit consists of 41 pieces of art placed near or on businesses throughout Eastland. Each piece of art
  4. 4. Eastland, Texas, made national news in 1928 when the current Art Deco style courthouse replaced the town’s 1897 courthouse. The old structure’s cornerstone was opened and, according to witnesses, inside lay a Texas horned toad, supposedly still alive after a 31-year slumber. Dubbed Old Rip, the toad died after a nationwide tour and was enshrined in a glass-top casket, still on view at the courthouse. It is rumored that Old Rip was the inspiration for Michigan J. Frog, an animated cartoon character that debuted in the Looney Tunes cartoon One Froggy Evening (December 31, 1955).
  5. 5. Tallulah Bankhead of the famous Bankhead family for which the Bankhead Highway was named. She became the inspiration for one of the most famous Disney characters of all time; Cruella de Ville of 101 Dalmatians.
  6. 6. Palo Pinto’s name originated from a Native American phrase for “Painted Poles.” Indians would used painted poles as markers for towns and miles. Poles became the earliest signs for the settlers and Indians. The Poles are colorful reminders of early travel around the Texas Forts Trail.
  7. 7. Mineral Wells is home to a welcome sign that created then inspired a more famous one, the Hollywood sign. After years of weathering and no care, the sign was moved to Bald Mountain where 50 volunteers restored the sign.
  8. 8. Graham’s Old Post Office Museum & Art Center is filled with permanent exhibits of Young County history. It includes a mural by Texas regionalist Alexandre Hogue, courtesy of the New Deal, depicting elements of the city’s history.
  9. 9. Situated in a restored 1878 jail, The Old Jail Art Center is a widely-acclaimed art museum dedicated to the visual arts and to preserving the local history of the Shackelford County area. It has a permanent collection that rivals its big city counterparts.
  10. 10. Walt Disney’s film, Old Yeller, premiered at the Odeon Theatre, because native son Fred Gipson wrote the story in Mason. A bronze statue of Old Yeller and the annual Old Yeller Day honor Gipson’s tale, inspired by his grandfather.
  11. 11. San Angelo has incorporated art throughout the city. Whether it be visiting the Fine Arts Museum or stopping by the visitors center, many diverse pieces can be found.

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