Nocona's Tales 'N' Trails Museum

Nocona's Tales 'N' Trails Museum

NOCONA, TX (KAUZ) - We continue our Texoma Hometown Pride Tour in Nocona at Tales 'N' Trails, a museum that is 20 years in the making.

From the leather industry, oil and gas, Western heritage, agriculture and the Native American culture, the museum tells the rich history of Nocona, Texas.

The museum opened in 2010, and thousands of people from all over the world stop by to see what treasures it holds inside.
The first stop, the Native American artifacts.
Tales 'N' Trails is full of arrow heads, spear-points and even has a Wichita tribal grass hut, and you cannot talk about the towns history without mentioning the Comanche chief the town is named after, Peta Nocona.
Photos of Quanah Parker, Peta Nocona's son, fill the museum.
Parker was the last Comanche Indian Chief and one of the most feared warriors of the Southern Plains.
Telling the tale of the city of Nocona would be impossible without the leather industry.

"In the 1800's, leather was important to everybody. They used the cattle for food and milk source. The hides were used for their tack because everybody was using horses, buggies or wagons," said Nell Ann McBroom, the Tales and Tails Museum curator.
Plus, you cannot forget about all those boots.
        "The cowboys going up the Chisholm Trail would order boots as they went up the trail from H.J. Justin. They would hit Spanish Fort and go and get paid, and then come back and pick up their boots," said McBroom.
However, when Daddy Joe, the owner of H.J Justin died, his sons decided to move the family business to Fort Worth.

His daughter, Miss Enid Justin, stayed in Nocona and founded the Nocona Boot Company in 1925, making boots and history.
Those who visit the museum say the most interesting piece of history is in the leather goods room.
Created by hand, made entirely out of one hide of leather, an eight feet by four feet piece of art that took two years to complete.

It is the Dell Motley leather artwork of the Last Supper, and it cannot be found anywhere else.

The Tales 'N' Trails Museum is run by volunteers and primarily funded by locals, and everything on display has been donated.
     "We've had a few small grants, but the area people have been very generous just wanting to preserve history," said McBroom.
     "Museums are the only place to learn about local history where people can really learned what happened here that may have affected their families," said McBroom.
The museum has so many items the displays are rotated.
McBroom said this keeps them from deteriorating and people interested.

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