Pioneer Town is an exhibit in the Panhandle Plains Historical Museum (PPHM) in Canyon, Texas. It stands as a replica of what pioneer life was like from 1890-1910. The exhibit was built into the museum over thirty years ago and has been in need for some tender love and care. Pioneer Town will look as good as new, or as good as expected for the 19th century, in spring 2012.
Pioneer Town is one of the most popular exhibits at the PPHM. It allows guests to walk through and experience what life was like during this time period. Pioneer Town is a very hands-on exhibit.
For the past few years most of the exhibit has been blocked off due to a health hazard. Asbestos was in the flooring. The museum has not been able to experience the town as a whole for a while. Today, the problem has been taken care of as the entire town has had new flooring and wood paneling installed for all the shops around the block.
New Pioneer Town
The old Pioneer Town was very restricted with closed doors that did not allow access to the shops and houses.
The new Pioneer Town is much different. Everything is going to be fully interactive with open doors and windows allowing for students, children and families to walk through and enjoy the full pioneer experience. The town will include a saloon, doctor’s office, newspaper office, harness shop, a Victorian hotel and a stable.
The PPHM staff are all very excited for the grand opening of this exhibit in just a few months as they’re already talking about it in their Christmas Special this weekend.
“We’re all excited that it’s going to be so accessible; people are going to be able to go inside so we can give them an immersed education and experience as they go back in time,” stated Becky Livingston, PPHM Special Projects Coordinator.
Ms. Livingston’s tour through the construction zone painted such a vivid picture full of old wooden wagons, candy stripped barber shops, and that friendly Texas smile that gives the Panhandle so much to look forward to this coming spring.