Thursday, October 30, 2008

Overland Trail Museum

The Overland Trail Museum in Fort Davis is in the home of Nick Mersfelder, a native of Bavaria who came to the area in the early 1880s. He was soldier, ranger, barber, justice of the peace, coroner, photographer, Odd Fellow, cattleman, financier, and musician.

A book about his life, which is available at the Museum on Fort Street in Fort Davis, says Mersfelder's life's motives as, "to make money, to help his fellowmen, and to enjoy life as he went along. This room, which is pictured in a old photograph in the book, shows it filled with his musical instruments.

The Overland Trail Museum is a great place to view artifacts of early life in Jeff Davis County, from saddles to clothing and handwork, historical documents and photos.

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