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Mount Pleasant Public Library & Historical Museum

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Step into Mount Pleasant's past by visiting the Historical Museum located inside the Mount Pleasant Library.

Upon entering the museum you'll see a large collection of Caddo pottery, arrowheads and tools. Walk inside the Caddo hut to hear a Native American describing life in this area when it was inhabited by a large tribe.

Behind the Caddo hut, take a look at the wall of cotton, which was "king" in this area of Texas. A large cotton sack and scale demonstrate how hard a day's work was in the cotton fields. The collection also includes copies of "bale receipts" and cotton combs used to clean the cotton. Vintage cotton blankets are also on display.

Just past this exhibit is a wall photograph of what Dellwood Park was at the turn of the twentieth century. A seventy-room hotel and promises of healing springs attracted tourists to Mount Pleasant.

Just past those photographs is a case of school memorabilia. Included is a large picture of the graduating class of 1926. Prominant names like E.C. Brice and P.E. Wallace are included in the picture.

The next case includes handmade tools and musical instruments dating back to the early to mid 1800s. Glass baby bottles and tiny leather booties show life as a child a century ago. Two quilts date to a period where quilting was truly an art.

A life-size log cabin is located on the next wall. Inside you'll find a 150 year old spinning wheel and a 100 year old rocking chair along with a bed and dresser. All that's missing is a functioning fireplace.

Three videos are available to watch describing the Caddo Indians, railroad life, and the growth of Mount Pleasant.

The final wall photograph is a huge locomotive and a some of the history of how the railroad caused the growth of today's Mount Pleasant.

The Historical Museum is free of charge and open for everyone during library hours. Individuals may visit any time, while groups are encouraged to call and book tours.