Hometown Pride Tour: Remembering Clay County History

Hometown Pride Tour: Henrietta

Our Hometown Pride Tour of Henrietta Texas continues as we take a trip back in time. First Alert Meteorologist Carly Smith shows us some of the memories that have been donated to the Clay County 1890 Jail Museum.

The Clay County Jail stopped holding criminals in the 1970s.

A group of volunteers started working to transform it into a museum in the 1990s.

"We have a large collection of veterans pictures. We have furniture. We have dishes. We have a lot of queen's dresses because pioneer reunion in Henrietta is a big doing." Lucille Glasgow said.

She has been with the Clay County 1890 Jail Museum since it started

"Our purpose is to collect and display and preserve things that remind us of early clay county," Glasgow said, "which was organized in 1873."

Each Jail cell is a museum exhibit showcasing the best of Clay County over the last 145 years.

"You'll see stuff from Olsen Stelzer. That was a well-known boot manufacturing here," Macon Boddy said. "They made lots of boots, they even made Eisenhower's boots."

Macon Boddy is the president of  the Clay County Historical Society.

"We have a basement in which we have outdoor things like Quanah Parker's peace pipe and other Indian things and Indian pictures," Glasgow said. "We have a barb wire collection."

Everything in the Museum is donated.

"It's Important because when we know where we've been, what our history is, then we know where we are going," Glasgow said. "I think it was church hill that said a country that doesn't have a history doesn't have a future, because our roots are here, and they are very very important."