DENVER CITY, TX (KCBD) - With six rooms devoted to the history of a town with roughly 4500 people, The Denver City Museum is one of the hidden treasures of West Texas.
It's been around for roughly 30 years, although not all of those are in the same location, and it paints a vivid picture of what Denver City was like from the beginning of the 20th century until now.
The first room as you walk in, and arguably the best, is the oil room. It contains relics from oil companies that had wells in Denver City in the past and tells the story of how at one time Denver City was oil paradise.
"At the time Wasson oil field was the second largest known pool of oil in the world," recalls museum curator and former oil worker Jimmy Don.
"Everyone was here. Sinclair, Amaco, Mobile, Arco, but eventually they went overseas because of too many regulations."
Amongst the other memorabilia at the museum they have archived newspapers from the Denver City Press, including the story of the Denver City High Mustangs winning the state championship in 1960.
Other rooms include farming tools used by farmers in the area and military uniforms worn by United States soldiers in every war from WWI on.
Don feels the people here deserve a museum that is this nice.
"It's a small town with nice people, just like any other small town, and it's a great place to live," Don said.