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Cresson, Texas: Transportation Museum with Space Capsule (Closed)

The capsule is a Gemini model. Also on exhibit are a working submarine periscope and cast-iron subway entrances.

Directions:
At the Pate Museum of Transportation. Around three miles north of Cresson on US 377.
Hours:
Closed Dec. 31, 2009 for good.
Status:
Closed

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Transportation Museum with Space Capsule

The Pate Museum of Transportation is a favorite destination for families, scout troops, and anyone interested in seeing unique transportation curiosities. Driving about 45 miles south of Fort Worth on Highway 377, you will be unable to go past and not notice the WWII-era minesweeper (parked) out in front. Alongside are several old military aircraft and armored vehicles, which can be touched and climbed on. Also outside are train cars and a couple of cast-iron subway entrances from back east, turn-of-the-century.

Inside the main building are dozens of antique and one-of-a-kind automobiles, many clean enough to be right off the assembly line. More cars are housed in other buildings, and the collection is rotated often. Near the front is one of the actual Gemini space capsules, a space suit and related materials. Don't miss the operating submarine periscope in the entry hall.

The museum is free, and a picnic area and clean restrooms are available. Corny wooden cut-outs stand by as props for the prized family photo. Bring a sack lunch and have a memorable afternoon.

[Joe Defazio, 04/27/2000]

This place also has the taxi cab that Lee Harvey Oswald hopped into after he shot JFK.


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