Van Horn's history is about people stopping overnight for water, and then passing through. Native peoples stopped south of town at a place now called Van Horn Wells, the Butterfield Overland Mail stage stopped there, and there was a railroad stop in town too. Today, it is I-10 that takes travelers through Van Horn, as they cross the southern tier of the United States.
What better place to tell the history of the area, then a former hotel? The Clark Hotel building was an overnight stay for travelers from around 1919 when travelers came by train, until the mid-century. In 1979, it was purchased by the Museum Association. Now it displays artifacts telling the history of the area.
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