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Explore "The Staked Plains"

The Llano Estacado (A Spanish phrase literally meaning "The Staked Plains") is the name for the high plains region in the south-western United States; it covers northwestern Texas and parts of eastern New Mexico.  It is so barren that settlers and explorers used stakes to mark their traveling routes across the empty vast plains.   Later, windmills were used as landmarks to navigate across the plains.  ​

Diorama of the Llano Estacado Region; one of the exhibits in the Museum of the Llano Estacado
Section of the General Store Exhibit in the Museum of the Llano Estacado

Regional History

Experience the history of the Llano Estacado,  from its formation, to the days of  its early exploration,  to the rise of settlements, the introduction of cattle ranching  and the oil and gas industry.

Geological Specimens

Enjoy our diverse collection of geological and archaeological artifacts!  Explore the exhibits that highlight the natural wonders of the region!  Check out our displays, which include a larger-than-life Columbian mammoth skull, and many Native American artifacts (such as arrowheads,  stone tools, pottery, jewelry, and clothing)

Arrowheads found in the Plainview Site; part of an exhibit at the Museum of the Llano Estacado
Entrance to the Mabee Regional Heritage Center at sunset

Cultural Heritage

Here at the Museum of the Llano Estacado, our mission is to connect individuals and families with the culture and legacy of our region.  Discover the history and pre-history of the southern High Plains, and see how the Llano Estacado became how it is today!

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