Audie Murphy/American Cotton Museum

Thursday, March 12, 2009

We woke to another gray day but one with less wind and rain. We didn't want to sit inside all day so we headed out to Greenville, TX and the Audie Murphy/American Cotton Museum. With senior ticket prices at $3 it was truly a bargain and a nice way to spend a couple of hours.

The lady at the counter was very helpful and informative. She set up a short movie for us and after watching that we wandered through the displays. That said, this museum is much more than a tribute to native son Audie Murphy (who was much more than just a war hero & movie star) and a chronicle of the cotton industry in the area. Several other favored townsfolk are featured including the first woman high school principle and several professional athletes as well as other war heroes. Toss in embroidery samplers dating back to the 1700-1800's and there is something for everyone.



Here are a few pics we snapped with our iPhones (so forgive the poor quality).



From there we headed 25 or so miles back west towards Dallas where there was a nice Bass Pro Shop (Garland). We had noticed a restaurant and since it was well past lunch time, sounded like a good stop. We both love visiting these stores, lots to look at and we always find a little something to buy. I picked up the perfect floppy hat for Cancun/Cabo trips (finally) as well as a pair of boot socks for my riding boots.

Stu had a Grouper Reuben sandwich and pronounced it delicious. I had blackened salmon linguini and it was great as well. Here are a few pics of the restaurant, fish tank and inside the store.




We recommend taking time for both stops if you are in the area. A little history balanced with a little recreation.

Till next time - keep on rollin',
Donna & Stu

4 comments:

  1. What a cooincidence . . . look where I was today! http://www.audiemurphy.com/arlingtn.htm

    (Not to see him, specifically, though. I was at a conference nearby and a friend was was with me who had never visited Arlington before . . . so we dropped by during an afternoon recess)

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  2. What a surprise to see your post this a.m. with Audie Murphy's name in it! He was my hero/major crush in high school. I had pics of him all over my bedroom walls and read the book "To Hell and Back" and also saw the movie a number of times. He played himself in the movie. I will probably never get to TX so thanks for showing it to me.

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  3. My friend & I went to the museum on our Audie Odyssey this summer for Audie Murphy Days. What a great place and what super nice people. If you can stop by please do. Also check out Audiemurphy.com for all you fans.

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  4. Hello, I am the friend that went with Anonymous
    on our Audie Odyssey in the summer of 2008. The folks at the Audie Murphy/American Cotton
    Museum are the nicest folks in the whole wide
    world. The townspeople of Greenville, Tx are
    also the most helpful and cheerful people you
    will ever want to meet anywhere. Our 27 day
    odyssey took us from Northern California to Hollywood where we saw the last home Audie lived in at Toluca Lake California, (Hollywood)
    To The old film studio in Tucscon Arizona, he
    filmed two films there, Greenville, Tx, Farmersville, Tx, (he still has family living there) Kingston, Tx, where he was born, Nashville, Tenn. (Willie Nelson Museum)which has a lot of Audie Murphy Memorbillia, Brush Mountain, virginia, site of the plane crash in
    which he perished (way too soon), Arlington National Cemetary, (paid our respects at his
    grave)and Lone Pine California where he also filmed several of his westerns. Another great
    museum is also located in Lone Pine dedicated to the several western movies filmed in that region. One of the best vacations of my life.

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