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Historic Pecos

Contacts

Location:

120 E. Dot Stafford
St. Pecos, Tx 7773

Phone:

(432) 445-5076

Hours of Operation:

Tue-Sat:
10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Website:

westofthepecosmuseum.org

A walk through the past

The beginnings of life, survival, and the great American spirit.

Buck Jackson Arena
A friendly competition sprung up, and on July 4, 1883, Pecos became home to the World’s First Rodeo. Braggin’ rights were on the line to find out just who was the best cowhand in the West.

Judge Roy Bean Courthouse and Jail Replica
“The Jersey Lily” courthouse/saloon is where Judge Bean, known as “the Law West of the Pecos,” carried out his justice. Bean was looked upon as an unusual judge from the beginning. His judicial acts were somewhat odd and always final.

Historic Pecos Destinations

West of the Pecos Museum
Located in the restored 19th century Orient Hotel, complete with the old saloon, the West of the Pecos Museum houses original memorabilia and artifacts from an era long ago. Explore over 50 rooms of exhibits, artifacts, history, and West Texas lore.

120 E. Dot Stafford St.
Pecos, Tx 7773
(432) 445-5076
Hours of Operation: Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 4pm
westofthepecosmuseum.org

Texas Rodeo Hall of Fame
After a beautiful, Texas-sized, million-dollar renovation, the Texas Rodeo Hall or Fame is now housed in the historic T&P Train Depot. Come retrace history with the famed cowboys and cowgirls who made the thrilling sport of rodeo a beloved American pastime and helped put Pecos on the map!

Pecos Army Air Field (PAAF)
The Pecos Municipal Airport currently operates on what was the PAAF, a pilot school that averaged 360 flying days per year—more than any other location in the country. Today the airport houses a permanent PAAF memorial, open to visitors.

Texas and Pacific Railway Depot
In 1881, this railway connected Ft. Worth and El Paso, helping the area prosper and bringing fame to the sweet Pecos Cantaloupe. Today it houses the Pecos Area Chamber of Commerce, Visitor Center, and “Rodeo Hall of Fame” collection.

Centennial Park
Alongside the West of the Pecos Museum you’ll find Centennial Park, offering a shady respite, plenty of benches, a fountain, and a first-rate view of Pecos history.

Clay Allison’s “Gentleman Gunfighter’s” Grave
Wild West character and gunfighter Clay Allison considered himself more of a “shootist” than a gunman. A master with a six-shooter, he is credited with killing more than 20 men, and quoted as saying he “never killed a man who didn’t need killing.”

Frying Pan Ranch Chuckwagon
Think back to the Old West’s cowboys and ranchers, and it’s difficult to conjure a more iconic image than the chuckwagon. Come get a close up look at the Scarbrough/Linebery family’s chuckwagon, an authentic piece of Western lore.

Ft. Davis National Historic Site
Initially, Fort Davis served as a temporary refuge for thousands of emigrants, freighters, and travelers during the decade after the Civil War. It’s one of the best surviving examples of an Indian Wars’ frontier military post in the Southwest.

Mesquite House
Recorded as the oldest house in Pecos, Mesquite House was built by Peter Goodloe and was originally located at Second and Willow Streets in Pecos. In 1975 the house was moved to its present location in Centennial Park.

Orient Hotel
Built from nearby-quarried sandstone, the famous three-story Orient Hotel/No. 11 Saloon was touted the “best hotel between Ft. Worth and El Paso.” In classic Old West fashion, a man was shot in the saloon, and the bullet holes remain to this day!

Santa Rosa de Lima Catholic Church
Pecos’ first Catholic chapel was donated by local families in 1889 and gained a missionary priest in 1890. Thirty-four years later, the Catholic faith made a permanent home in the stony Santa Rosa de Lima Church, named for the Peruvian Saint Rose.

Rattlesnake Bomber Base Museum
Nicknamed for the many rattlesnake dens uncovered during construction, Pyote Air Force Base was a WWII training airbase. Within months of opening it became the largest bomber installation in the U.S. Stop by to learn more, but watch for rattlers!

Roy Orbison Museum
Fifty miles northeast of Pecos is Wink, TX, home of Roy Orbison. The tiny town (pop. 940) is in “the middle of nowhere, 500 miles from everywhere,” as Wink’s most beloved son once said. Come see photos, posters, guitar picks, and other memorabilia.

Texas State Historical Markers
The Pecos area is home to numerous state historical markers, so carve out a day to jump in the car and reflect on the history of the area and the perseverance of its pioneers. Click and search Reeves County.

 

West of the Pecos Rodeo
On July 4, 1883, Pecos was home to the World’s First Rodeo. This tradition continues each summer at the Buck Jackson Arena, where it has been held every year since 1936. Today it is one of the PRCA’s top 40 prize-money rodeos.

Our Full Range of Services

Boot Trail

Embark on the Pecos boot trail, a journey that celebrates the rich culture and history of Pecos, TX. This unique pecos boot trail invites visitors and locals to explore iconic locations through a series of beautifully designed boots, each telling a story of our heritage. From the Million Dollar Dairy Queen Boot to the West of the Pecos Museum Boot, you'll discover what makes our town special. Join us on this adventure and see in a new light.

Shopping

Discover the best shopping store experiences Pecos has to offer. Our vibrant shopping scene ranges from unique boutiques like Rancho Viejo to all-in-one superstores such as Walmart. Whether you're searching for handcrafted furniture, the latest fashion, or essential household items, shopping in Pecos TX provides something for everyone. Dive into our diverse shopping destinations and uncover the treasures of Pecos.

Dining

Satisfy your cravings at any dining restaurant in Pecos, TX, where flavors meet the frontier. Our dining scene offers everything from Pody’s BBQ, recognized by Texas Monthly, to the authentic Mexican cuisine of La Nortena. Whether you're in the mood for a quick bite at a fast-food favorite or a leisurely meal at a local dining gem, Pecos Area Chamber of Commerce CVB’s restaurants promise delightful dishes that cater to every taste. Experience the best of local dining with us.

Family Fun

Looking for family fun event activities in Pecos, TX? Look no further! From the historic Reeves County Golf Course to the natural beauty of Balmorhea State Park, our family fun events offer endless entertainment for all ages. Dive into the cool waters of the world's largest spring-fed swimming pool or explore the wonders of the Carlsbad Caverns. Pecos Area Chamber of Commerce CVB is your gateway to memorable family adventures that everyone will cherish.

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