Frontier Heritage Tour
Follow this "Frontier Heritage" tour at your own pace.
Start at Abilene's premier interactive history museum. Frontier Texas brings to life the drama and hardships of the Texas frontier from 1780 to 1880.
The Grace Museum
Boots were a must for frontier life. They protected cowboys from mud, snow, gravel, brush, thorn, and horn, allowing them to always keep one thickness between their pants and their legs. The Mallouf Boot Shop exhibit on the third floor of The Grace Museum recreates the 1940s-era workshop of longtime Brownwood boot-maker Albert Mallouf. The third-floor also has a history museum with exhibits about life in West Texas from 1900s to 1940s.
James Leddy Boots
1602 North Treadaway - 325-677-7811 - Open weekdays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This active boot workshop is in full view, and the owners are always willing to take guests around to see the whole boot-making process. Each boot has a story, and the shop includes a nice-sized room stocked with Leddy boots that guests can peruse. Leddy's celebrity clients have included Western singing stars such as George Jones, Mel Tillis, Larry Gatlin, Jerry Lee Lewis and Buck Owens. Famous ranchers and not-so-famous hard-working farmers love to order Leddy's boots and don't mind that he there is normally a six-month to one-year waiting list.
Lankford's Mesquite Furniture & Artisan's Gallery
1042 Cottonwood (off Treadaway) - 325-670-9888
Terry Lankford fashions ranch-style furniture and accessories that capture the natural beauty of Texas Mesquite. His creations are in demand through custom orders from around the country, but he often has pieces for sale right outside his workshop.
5-D Custom Hats and Leather
517 Oak St. - 325-673-9000 - Open Mon-Sat, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Owner Damon Albus stocks cowboy accessories and crafts custom hats. Guests are welcome to look at the workshop, where he also creates custom leather goods. 5-D is a complete hat shop and can handle any service your might need for a new hat or refurbishing your favorite old hat.
Taylor County History Center
Complete your tour at the History Center. The TCHC displays and interprets the area's history from the 1870s to 1920s Over 21-buildings filled with artifacts an extensive collection of Indian artifacts and firearms await you!