Frontier Texas

Frontier Texas in Abilene, Texas, is a great educational experience. In fact, it has made the New York Times. When our family visited it, I thought it would probably be the average historical type of museum but I was mistaken. It’s an impressive museum where one can experience state-of-the-art technology. I won’t tell you too much so you can discover it for yourself.

Abilene, Texas, is located in west Texas and has a charm all its own.  Not only is it home to Frontier Texas but Abilene is also the Children’s Storybook Capital of Texas as designated by the 84th Legislature of the State of Texas.  This west Texas town is off I-20 and is definitely worth visiting!

Museum: National Mining Hall of Fame

The National Mining Hall of Fame which is located in Leadville, Colorado, is a museum that educates the public about mining and the history of mining.  It commemorates miners and those that work with natural resources.  This is a great museum for kids with lots of hands-on exhibits along with lots of interesting history lessons.

We visited this museum while on vacation, and I was surprised how much we enjoyed it.  It takes a minimum of an hour to go through it, and I’m sure we spent much longer than that. You get to walk through several old mining replicas that are realistic and fun for kids of all ages.  They have a huge rock collection, and those who collect rocks would enjoy this section.  The museum is located in an old mining town in an absolutely beautiful part of Colorado and is well worth the drive to get there!

For those who are interested, you can take a quick online tour of the museum.   You can also read a biography of each of the inductees to the Mining Hall of Fame.

Free Unit on Texas Weather


Credit: Free pictures from acobox.com
Here is an excellent free resource for teachers.  This is written to go with exhibits at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, however, it can be modified to use in the classroom without visiting the museum.  If you live close enough to Austin, Texas, to take a field trip then I highly recommend this excellent museum.

The “Wild Texas Weather” Educator Guide (from the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum) includes free printable worksheets for students covering weather in Texas:

  • Weather changes (temperatures & precipitation)
  • Air masses
  • How weather impacts people
  • Droughts
  • Floods
  • Tornadoes
  • Hurricanes
  • Forecasting weather
  • Additional Web Sites
  • TEKS objective