Panhandle Plains
2010 Census - 982
2000 Census - 1,068
Cross Plains, Texas
Cross Plains Texas History:
In 1887, the settlement previously known as Turkey Creek and Schleicher received a post office under the name Cross Plains. By 1880, Cross Plains had a cotton gin, a gristmill, a wagon maker, a store and 25 residents. Within 5 years the population grew to 175. Cross Plains incorporated in 1910 when it had approximately 600 residents. When the Texas Central Railroad began servicing Cross Plains in 1912, the town became a commercial center for cotton and other crops. The 1925 discovery of oil in the area caused the town to become a boom town. Cross Plains is located at the intersection of SH 206 (Main Street) and SH 36 (5th Street), 44 miles southeast of Abilene, 28.6 miles southeast of Baird, 32 miles southwest of Eastland, 22.7 miles southwest of Cisco, 39 miles northwest of Comanche and Proctor Lake, 35 miles northwest of Brownwood and Lake Brownwood State Park, and 28 miles northeast of Coleman, Texas.
Texas Plains Trail Region:
The 52-county Texas Plains Trail Region includes the Texas Panhandle and Plains. It stretches from the Texas towns of Big Spring and Colorado City in the southern portion of the region, to Muleshoe and the New Mexico state border in the west, to Quanah and Knox City in the east, and to the top of the Texas Panhandle, from Dalhart in the west to Lipscomb in the east. The Texas Plains Trail Region organization is a nonprofit heritage tourism organization affiliated with the Texas Historical Commission. TPTR acts as an economic development initiative that helps Texas communities to promote their historic and cultural resources, and increase tourism to their areas. The organization helps promote travel to heritage destinations and historic sites. A name repeatedly mentioned in the history of West Texas is Cynthia Ann Parker, a young child captured during a raid on Fort Parker. She grew up among the Comanches, married Comanche chief Peta Nocona, and had three children, Pecos, Quanah and Prairie Flower. In 1860, a party of Texas Rangers led by Sul Ross, a future governor of Texas, rescued her and her infant daughter Prairie Flower; Charles Goodnight participated in this raid. Her son Quanah became famous as the last great war chief of the Comanche. One of TPTR’s most visible recent projects is the Quanah Parker Trail. When the project is completed, giant Quanah Parker arrow markers will have been installed in all 52 counties in the Texas Plains Trail Region. Some counties will have more than one installation. The arrows were created and donated by New Home, Texas, artist Charles Smith. As of early 2014, over 70 arrows had been installed in almost 50 counties. Each arrow will have a plaque giving pertinent historical information. (806) 747-1997. P.O. Box 88, Lubbock, Texas 79408. Email  Plains Trail Map
Cross Plains Veterans Memorial:
The memorial features a monument dedicated to all wars, and memorial walls listing the names of all area veterans.   
Robert E. Howard Museum:
The museum is located in the former home of Robert E. Howard, the creator of the comic and movie character Conan the Barbarian. The house is furnished with period pieces and accessories and features exhibits relating to Howard. A pavilion is located adjacent to the museum. The house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Tours are available by appointment. (254) 725-6562. (254) 725-4993. 625 West 4th Street.
Cross Plains Public Library:
The library houses Robert E. Howard original manuscripts and provides traditional library programs, children, youth and adult programs, summer programs, copy, scanner and fax services, public access computers with internet connections, and free Wi-Fi. Open Mon-Wed, Thu,1pm-5pm; Tue, 11am-7pm. (254) 725-7722. 149 North Main Street (SH 206).
Cross Plains Senior Citizen's Center:
Amenities include a meeting room, a library, games and a TV, a computer room, exercise equipment, and a kitchen. The center provides senior services including Meals on Wheels lunches. Games are played daily, and on the first Tuesday night of each month. (254) 725-6521.
Rising Star Vineyards, Rising Star, TX:
They produce wine in small batches so the list of available wines changes often. They host the “Wine 101” beginner’s class and a Wine Tasting class. They also participate in the three day Way Out Wineries Road Trips. The tasting room and gift shop are open Thu-Sat, 11am-6pm; Sundays, 12pm-4pm. The vineyard is available for private events. Wine Tasting Reservations are available. A second tasting room is located at 1001 CR 290 in Rising Star. (325) 452-3033. The vineyard is located at 301 East SH 190. Email 

Childress Farm, Cottonwood, TX:
Brothers Scott and Bob Childress grow and sell peaches, blackberries, black-eyed peas, sweet corn, pecans and other produce. They also sell hay and landscaping and Christmas Trees. Open daily, 7am-7pm. (254) 725-6866. (254) 725-4321. They are located at 10831 CR 452 and 11028 CR 452, Cross Plains, Texas near Cottonwood Texas. Email  Directions
Annual Barbarian Festival, June:
Howard, the creator of “Conan, The Barbarian,” also wrote poetry. His poetry is featured at the festival. Additional activities include a car show, an antique tractor and motor competition, live music, a talent contest, vendors, children’s entertainment and vendors. This event is held on the second Saturday in June at Treadway Park on SH 34. Cottonwood is located at the intersection of SH 34 and FM 2451, 25 miles southeast of Baird, 29 miles southwest of Cisco, and 7.8 miles northwest of Cross Plains, Texas. Contacts
Rancholoma Restaurant, Valera, TX:
The restaurant was established in 2003 in a ranch house renovated by owners and former Dallas residents Laurie and Robert Williamson. A Dallas News review describes it as one of the best restaurants west of Fort Worth (approximately 200 miles west). The restaurant has established a Dallas area following. This 34 seat restaurant offers a fixed menu of beef and/or seafood on Friday and Saturday beginning at 6:30pm; reservations only. Once you reserve a table, it is yours for the evening. Prices range from $50 to $65 per person for a 4 to 5 hour five course meal. Bring your own wine; a $5 per bottle corkage fee applies. The restaurant consistently receives very high reviews. It  is located at the southeast corner of FM 503 and CR 422, north of Valera. The ranch entrance is off CR 422. (325) 636-4556. From Coleman, go southwest on SH 206 to U.S. 67. Go west on U.S. 67 to FM 503 in Valera. Go right on FM 503 and drive to the intersection of CR 422. Valera is located 25 miles east of Ballinger, 39 miles southwest of Cross Plains, 11 miles southwest of Coleman, 35 miles slightly northwest of Brownwood, 13.8 miles west of Santa Anna, and 57 miles north of Brady, Texas. Email  Reviews  Velera Texas Map  Valera Area Map