Friday, April 12, 2024

Buffalo Gap Historic Village

The tiny town of Buffalo Gap, Texas, named after the migration route of buffalo, was the county seat of Taylor County from 1878 to 1883. It was supplanted by Abilene and the three year old stone courthouse sat empty. In 1956 Ernie Wilson, a local rancher, bought the courthouse, opened a museum, and added two more historic buildings. The next owners added even more buildings. Today the historic village is a non-profit with eighteen buildings constructed from1875 to 1925 and furnished with period items. Two are in their original location and rest have been relocated from other areas. The cookshack, art gallery, and wagon barn are all new construction. 

The website indicates that accessibility is limited but we decided to give it a try. The first problem is a very steep ramp to the admissions building. The next building, the Hill House, also has a steep ramp, plus a step into the house. Every building with the exception of the wagon barn and the art gallery ( which has a heavy door) either has a steep ramp, steps, or both. Even the ramp at the chapel. which is used for weddings, is dangerously steep. The train depot has a good ramp but a high threshold. The paths are surfaced with loose gravel or are over rough ground. This is not an accessible site. 

RVs can be parked across the street from the admissions building. Village  32.28632, -99.82781


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