By Linda Germany, CCHC Chairman
The Carson County Square House Museum and the Carson County Historical Commission partnered to host a meeting of the Texas Plains Trail Region (TPTR) on Dec. 19, 2013 in the beautifully decorated auditorium in the Hazlewood Education Building of the Museum.
TPTR President Debbie Wegman of Big Spring, welcomed everyone and introduced Panhandle Mayor Dan Looten and City Manager Rob Roach. Mayor Looten welcomed the guests and read a Proclamation stating that Dec. 19, 2013 would officially be declared, “Texas Plains Trail Region Day in Carson County.” The TPTR has been celebrating their tenth anniversary during 2013. They are one of ten Heritage Trail Regions in Texas under the Texas Historical Commission that promote Heritage Tourism in the 52 counties that comprise the Texas Panhandle. Barbara Brannon of Lubbock, Executive Director of the TPTR, presented Mayor Looten with a copy of the commemorative tenth anniversary poster that was designed with an iconic picture from each of the 52 counties.
After their meeting everyone was treated with a delicious meal under the direction of Dixie Surratt with help from board members and museum volunteers. Around 30 were served. Everyone was asked to bring a Christmas ornament with them and after lunch a drawing was held for the ornament swap with the help of museum staff members, Shirlyne Grantham and Janie Plumlee. The Christmas spirit continued with everyone singing Christmas carols under the direction of Rev. Dr. Jerry Lane accompanied by Tommie Kay Powers. Barbara Brannon also entertained with a “Texas Plains Trail Anthem” she had written. Ms. Grantham then gave a tour of the museum complex to the group.