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TXGenWeb - NOLAN COUNTY, TEXAS - Genealogy

"The Lone Star State"



The Pioneer Museum is located on the corner of Ragland and East Third Streets, Sweetwater, TX. 


    Judge R. A. Ragland

            In 1882, R.A. Ragland (1858-1938) came to Sweetwater as one of the town’s first lawyers.  He served as City Commissioner, School Board member and County Attorney.


            In partnership with R.C. Crane, he set up a law office and abstract firm.  In 1906, he had this house built for his wife, Luella Maddox Ragland.  This home was originally the residence of the late Judge and Mrs. R.A. Ragland and their four children.  It was built in 1906 and sold after the death of Judge Ragland.

             The Chapel and brick addition to the front were built when the residence served as a mortuary.


             It served as Patterson Funeral Home until the mid 1970’s, when a grandson, Robert A. Ragland, of El Paso, TX, bought the property and gave it to the City and County in 1976.  It became the City-County Pioneer Museum.


             The Museum was identified as a Texas Historical Landmark in 1979 and has been a member of the Permian Basin Museum Institute since 1986.


             The museum is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of the history of this area. Service to the public is carried on by a board of directors, a museum manager, a small staff and a support organization, "Friends of the Museum".

              The City-County Pioneer Museum is supported by the city, the county, memorials and private contributions.


Open to the Public
Tuesday - Saturday 1-5 P.M.
Closed Holidays
You may contact the Museum at:
(325) 235-8547


A very extensive Arrow Head Collection is on display at the Pioneer Museum.  Click on the Pioneer Photo Gallery link on the right.

Click on Photo to View

Museum Information





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