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Zapata, Texas: Mertens Museum: Deer Dressed as People

The centerpiece of this folk-artsy tourist trap museum that dates from the 1960s is "Grandpa and Grandma Bucky," a pair of stuffed deer dressed in human clothes. Front yard beckons travelers with weird junk and hand-painted signs.

Mertens Frontier Ranch Store and Museum

1302 Jackson St., Zapata, TX
Mertens Frontier Ranch Store and Museum. Downtown, on the north side of 13th Ave. a block west of its intersection with US Hwy 83.
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Mertens Frontier Ranch Museum

Mertens Frontier Ranch Store and Museum is a really quirky roadside attraction on the road that leads to Falcones Reservoir on the U.S./Mexico border.

[Rick Kincaid, 03/14/2015]

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