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Events, places to see and sites of historical interest on the South Plains:

Numbers in parentheses denote location on map:

(1) Abraham Family Art Gallery: inside the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Learning Resources Center at Wayland Baptist University's Plainview campus. Admission is free.

(2) Billy The Kid's Grave: near Fort Sumner, N.M. Burial place of famed outlaw.

(3) Bob Wills Day Celebration: in Turkey, last Saturday in April. Honors the late country-western musician Bob Wills.

(4) Bottomless Lakes: east of Roswell, N.M., off U.S. 380.

(5) Dan Blocker Museum: in O'Donnell.

(6) Buffalo Springs Lake: four miles outside Lubbock city limits, reach via East 50th Street on FM 835.

(7) C.W. Post House: 615 W. Main St., Post, home of cereal magnate and landowner.

(8) Caprock Canyons State Park: 31/2 miles north of Quitaque off Texas 86 in Briscoe County.

(9) Caprock Canyons Trailway: 22-mile trail between Quitaque and South Plains in Floyd County. The trail eventually extends northeast to Turkey and Estelline.

(10) Carlsbad Caverns National Park: southwest of Carlsbad, N.M., on U.S. 62/180.

(11) Confederate Air Force and Museum: in Midland.

(12) Mount Blanco Fossil Museum: in Crosbyton.

(13) Crosby County Pioneer Memorial Museum: downtown Crosbyton.

(14) Dal Paso Museum: in Lamesa.

(15) Floyd County Historical Museum: in Floydada.

(16) Garza Theatre: 226 E. Main St., Post.

(17) Globe Theater: historical replica in Odessa.

(18) Hale County Farm and Ranch Museum: Museum open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week. Located one mile south of Hale Center, west of Interstate 27 at Exit 36.

(19) Hotel Turkey: in downtown Turkey, on National Register of Historic Places.

(20) Lake Alan Henry: camping, boating and fishing in Garza County, off U.S. 84.

(21) Lake J.B. Thomas: in Scurry County.

(22) Lake Ransom Canyon: four miles east of Lubbock on FM 835.

(23) Llano Estacado Museum: in Plainview.

(24) Lubbock Lake Landmark: North Loop 289 in Lubbock.

(25) Mackenzie Lake: take Interstate 27 north to Tulia, Texas 86 east to Texas 207 north.

(26) Midway Drive-In: Movie theater located midway between Quitaque and Turkey on Highway 86. The theater is open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from Memorial Day until Labor Day.

(27) Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge: take Texas 214 south 20 miles, turn west onto gravel road entering refuge. Open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Admission free. Renowned for one of the nation's largest concentration of sandhill cranes. Oldest refuge in state.

(28) Old Lincoln Days: in Lincoln, N.M., first weekend in August. Historical celebration featuring reenactment of Billy The Kid's last escape, parades and demonstrations.

(29) Old Mill Trade Days: on Highway 207, just off U.S. 84 in Post. A trade fair held the weekend before the first Monday of each month. The event is held in and around the renovated buildings of the old Postex Cotton Mill and features more than 500 vendors, live entertainment and food.

(30) Old Gomez Cemetery: about 51/2 miles west of Brownfield, near U.S. 82 and U.S. 380 in Terry County.

(31) Old Pete: national mule memorial in downtown Muleshoe.

(32) OS Museum: private museum in downtown Post. Admission free.

(33) Palo Duro Canyon State Park: Texas 217 east of Canyon.

(34) Panhandle Plains Historical Museum: West Texas A&M University in Canyon.

(35) Permian Basin Petroleum Museum: in Midland.

(36) Punkin Days: annual event in October in Floydada.

(37) Ralls Historical Museum: in Ralls.

(38) Rattlesnake Roundup: annual event in March in Sweetwater.

(39) Ruidoso Downs: located east of Ruidoso, N.M. Pari-mutuel horse racing season lasts from May to September.

(40) Scurry County Museum: at Western Texas College in Snyder.

(41) Ski Apache: located near Ruidoso, N.M., has 12,000-foot peak and New Mexico's only gondola lift. The season extends from Thanksgiving through Easter weekend.

(42) 6666 Ranch: King County, headquarters near Guthrie.

(43) Sky-Vue Drive in Theatre: on South Big Spring Highway in Lamesa. Historic drive-in theater. Movies start at dark on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

(44) Slaughter Ranch: 31/4 miles southwest of Morton off FM 1169.

(45) Spade Ranch: off Texas 116 near FM 168, west of Lubbock.

(46) Terry County Heritage Museum: 600 E. Cardwell, Brownfield. Open 10 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

(47) White River: take Texas 114 east to Crosbyton, FM 651 south to FM 2794.

(48) White Sands National Monument: between Alamogordo, N.M., and Las Cruces, N.M., on U.S. 70/82.

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