Moore County is fortunate to have a museum that houses a quality collection that depicts our strong history of settlers who braved sometimes extreme natural and economic conditions to build a community. It took a determined and intrepid soul to stick it out during a time when living in the Panhandle wasn’t for the easily beaten person.
Window on the Plains Museum, located on South Dumas Avenue, began in 1976 as the Moore County Historical Museum. It was housed in the ballroom of a landmark hotel until 2001, when it was moved to it’s permanent home and became Window on the Plains Museum. The hotel, later named the Flying A, has since been torn down, and Happy State Bank occupies the land in which it stood. The Flying A Hotel was notable for its large neon “A” and attached neon wings whose lights moved to give the impression of flight. At one time, many of Dumas’ businesses boasted beautiful neon signs.
But back to the museum! In addition to extensive displays centered around farming and ranching, industry, business, family life and wildlife, the museum houses a research and archives center. It is maintained by a dedicated staff and a loyal army of volunteers. We are fortunate to have them.