Big Spring Pop. 23,995 Alt. 2,397

Comanche Trail Park Comanche Trail Park's Big Spring gave city its name

General -

Seat of Howard County ; name derived from huge natural spring on Sulphur Draw that watered buffalo, antelope, wild mustangs, and Comanche and Shawnee Indians. First white men at site in 1849. Spring today is at center of city park. City is home of Howard College and Dorothy Garrett Coliseum, and Southwest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf. Heritage walking tour features 26 historic buildings with antique and gift shops, railroad and train display and memorabilia. From Railroad Plaza where Union Pacific railroad meets Main St.

Big Spring State Park-

343 acre park contains dance pavilion, playground, picnic sites, jogging and nature trails, and prairie dog town. Scenic drive overlooks city. At south edge of city off F.M. 700; admission.

City Park-

Home of spring that gave Big Spring it's name; features 6500 seat Comanche Trail Amphitheater. The 400-acre park offers swimming pool, 18 hole golf course, tennis courts, baseball fields, playgrounds, pavilions, and hike, bike and nature trails. On south edge of city; access from U.S. 87 and from F.M. 700. Heritage Museum-Pioneer and Indian artifacts, artexhibits, and displays of local history and early West Texas. Houses the world's largest collection of Texas Longhorn steer horns. Unique to the Southwest is the exhibit of 46 rare and unusual phonographs; late 1800's to 1920's models made by Edison, Victor Columbia, and others. Open Tues.-Fri. 9a.m.-5p.m.; Sat. 10a.m.-5p.m. At 510 Scurry. Admission.


E. V. Spence, J. B. Thomas, Moss Creek, Colorado City.

Potton House
The Potton House Museum is a beautiful example of English and West Texas architecture. It was built by Mr. Potton, a native of England, in 1901 when he was an engineer for the Texas & Pacific Railroad.
Photo courtesy of Doyle Phillips author of A Howard County, Texas Picture Album.
Potton House-

Restored Victorian home of Joseph Potton family, circa 1901; listed in National Register of Historic Places; excellent showplace for turn-of-the-century furnishings. Open Tues.-Sat. 1-5p.m. or by appointment with Heritage Museum. Second St. and Gregg.

Vietnam Memorial-

Recognizes men and women who served the U.S. in Southeast Asia. Stone is same type used at National Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C. Accessible from F.M. 700.


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