Located at the center of Hale
quaint city resulted from the interesting compromise of
two rival villages, Hale City and Epworth, that united in
1893. To make both former towns
happy, buildings from both were moved to the new
Originally supplying large ranches,
this town became a center of intensive farming as
irrigation developed in the 20th Century.
Today, in the county, more than 400,000
irrigated acres produce:
grain sorghum, wheat, sunflowers, sugar beets, and table
Worldwide hunting trophies are
displayed at Hi-Plains Hospital. Included is the
three-tusked elephant head.
Bell Park Cacti Garden-
Established in honor of Hershell
Bell, agronomy and range management authority; contains
more than 350 specimens with 15 different species of
mispronounced as catus' plural). Walk-through path, picnic tables. At
intersection of FM. 1424 and F.M. 1914 (Ave. K and
Hale County Form & Ranch
This old museum features more than 200 examples of vintage farm
equipment from horse-drawn threshing machines to huge
1912 Case steam tractor. Museum
consists of four buildings, including the 1910 Santa Fe
depot. The first irrigation pumps developed by George
machinist, and engineer) are
displayed, as well as some 20 stationary restored
engines. Located on five acres one mile south on 1-27,
exit 36; open daily I - 5 p.m., weather permitting.
Drive-by views at other times; donations. For information
and group tours, call (806)839-2556.