Retired state legislator Clyde Whiteside is living in Wichita Falls now, but he said he couldn't be more proud of his Seymour roots.
That's why whenever he visits his home town he has a hard time seeing what has become of it.
"You see empty streets, empty buildings, an empty town," said Whiteside.
The 86-year-old said, now that there's a bypass through Seymour people are just not stopping in town as much and businesses have suffered because of it. He also said the population has gone down in the past few years. That's why he has invested in revitalizing the town's auditorium, park, community pool and his latest project, the Whiteside Natural History Museum.
"We're hoping that with this museum some people will be attracted to Seymour and I hope we will have some visitors coming through who will spend money in Seymour," said the former state legislator.
A Wichita Falls architect has been working on remodeling the museum to make Whiteside's hopes a reality. Also, three Texoma artists painted two murals on Friday that represent the museum's exhibit of prehistoric animals that once lived in that area. That has already been creating buzz.
"We had a lot of visitors while we were painting. We had a lot of people in Seymour coming by and visiting us," said Katherine Kincaid.
But for Whiteside this experiment, as he calls it, is not just about boosting the economy. He said this is for the people.
"It's my home and they've given me a good school, good medical attention, good neighbors, good parents and I owe it something so this is what I'm doing to pay back," said Whiteside.
Whiteside owns the museum but he's giving part of the building to the Seymour's Fire Department so it can have it's own exhibition. The renovation of the museum is expected to be done in about five months.