Bosque Museum

301 S Ave Q, Clifton, TX 76634 - United States



Since the Bosque Museum's formation as a nonprofit corporation in 1954, it has been dedicated
to preserving the artifacts that have defined the history of Bosque County.

The visitor to the museum will have an opportunity to view an eight minute video of Albert Redder, one of the avocational archaeologists who discovered the double burial, talking about his interest in archaeology and the excavation of the Horn Shelter discovery.


John Lomax Exhibition
John Avery Lomax (September 23, 1867 – January 26, 1948) was an American teacher, a pioneering musicologist, and a folklorist who did much for the preservation of American folk music. He was the father of Alan Lomax (also a distinguished collector of folk music) and Bess Lomax Hawes.

John Lomax grew up in central Texas, just north of Meridian in rural Bosque County. His father raised horses and cattle and grew cotton and corn on the 183 acres of bottomland that he had purchased near the Bosque River. He was exposed to cowboy songs as a child.

Firearm Collection
including 150 long guns and hand guns dating from the 1750’s

Norwegian Collection
recognized as the largest repository of Norwegian artifacts in the South and Southwest.

Norwegian Book Collection
brought from Norway by the Norwegian Immigrants to Texas

Early Handcrafted Furniture
including the desk of Jacob Olson, a Shefsted Cupboard, and the chair of Cleng Peerson that King Olaf V of Norway came to see in 1982.

Photographic Archive
Photos of the first immigrants, their homes, and everyday life in Bosque County.

Textile Collection
dating from the 1850’s

Early Medical Collection
including medical equipment and documents used by the first physicians in Bosque County.

Horn Shelter Exhibition
The Paleo-American site found in Bosque County and named the Horn Shelter has been replicated at the museum for visitors. The 600 square foot exhibit depicts a portion of the Horn Shelter and portrays the burial of a man and small girl as it took place 11,200 years ago. A second section of the exhibit is a facsimile of the excavation of the shelter complete with the tools used at the site and a plat of the excavation area.

The most significant find at the Horn Shelter was the burial goods which consisted of items such as turtle shells, deer antler tools, bird and animal claws, coyote teeth, and bird shells. What makes the Horn Shelter find so significant is the fact that there are only three Paleo-American sites in America with skeletal remains and burial goods.

As part of the exhibit there is a display case with replicas of all of the burial goods and photographs of the actual burial goods taken by the Smithsonian photographer, Chip Clark.


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