Established as a post office in 1890 at dugout home of George
Nichels, and Irish sheep rancher. Incorporated in 1911: oil discovered
in 1926, highly productive natural gas wells in recent decades.
Cattle, agriculture, tourism, oil and gas are primary economic
factors. During seasons, hunters take quail, mourning dove, wild
turkey and deer.
- BLARNEY STONE - appropriate to the town's ethnic orientation,
a fragment of the genuine Blarney Stone from ruins of Blarney
Castle, County Cork, Ireland, is mounted in Elmore Park.
- PIONEER WEST MUSEUM - housed in the former Reynolds,
Hotel, typical drummers' hotel (a drummer is an old fashioned
term for salesman) of 1920's and 30', museum fills some 20 rooms
with a fascinating variety of exhibits from Plains Indian culture
to NASA moon mission articles. Emphasis is on regional history,
cowboys, farm and ranch artifacts, pioneer weapons. Room settings
include vintage doctor and dentist offices, general store, schoolroom
and a pioneer kitchen. Located at 206 North Madden Street the
museum is open Monday thru Friday from 10 a.m to 3 p.m.
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