Seat of Hale County, founded 1887 and named for magnificent view of plains.
Center of huge, shallow underground water belt, city and county have abundant
water supply. County is a leader in grain and cotton production. Oil and
gas also contribute to area economy. Recreational facilities include 18-hole
golf course, tennis courts, swimming pools and city parks. Hunters find
abundant pheasant during season. Excellent antique shopping. Home of Wayland
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LLANO ESTACADO MUSEUM-Bears the traditional Spanish name for the
Texas High Plains. Hale County exhibits include artifacts from Plainview
Man archeological site (8,000 B.C.), gems and minerals, pioneer firearms,
re-created turn of the century room settings, art collection. With discovery
of prehistoric elephant skull and tusks in May 1988 near community of Easter,
remains of the Imperial Mammoth became known as "Easter Elephant" and moved
to new home in the museum. Open weekends 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; weekends Mar.-Nov
1-5 p.m. 1900 W. 8th St. On campus of Wayland Baptist University.