In a land that never fails to surprise stands a vocal witness in the far western plains of Texas, the W. K. Gordon Center For Industrial History of Texas. The mission of the institution is to, “preserve, document, and research the industrial history of Thurber and the State of Texas and to interpret its influence on the people of Texas.” The Center is affiliated with Tarleton State University, whose main campus is located in nearby Stephenville.
Aside from providing study on the development of the industries that grew in the area, the Center pays special attention to the many cultures, including Italy, Poland, Ireland, Russia and Mexico that provided the region with a surprisingly rich and varied culture. Additionally, a special collections library and research area allows for serious examination of life in the region.
A proud member of the Texas A&M University System, Tarleton State University strives for the pursuit of educational excellence. With the partnership of the W.K. Gordon Center, the University ensures that the stories of the people who settled this land will continue to be preserved.
I will be appearing at the Center on Sunday, November 11 at 2:30pm to present and sign copies of my book, “Living Witness: Historic Trees of Texas.” Regardless if you come join me that day, be sure to visit the Center and help us preserve the stories of the people who came before.