What's Happening? 
The Texas Plains Trail Region

May, 2009
Summer is sneaking upon us.  Do you know what that means?  Company is heading our way!  The Texas Plains Trail Regional Organization, and all of our 52-Counties, are gearing up for the visitors who will be spending their tourism dollars in our awesome region.  Without a doubt, we offer fantastic fun and a memorable vacation for our travelers.  It is important to focus on the assets that our region offers--dynamic people, western heritage, awe-inspiring landscapes,
unique shopping experiences, historic museums, fun festivals, outdoor escapes, quaint bed & breakfasts, attractions, and events galore.  Yes, we truly think that our region IS the, "Texas that people remember." Keep in mind that the same things we love about our region will also lure others here. Visitors ARE coming!  Let's join together to throw out the welcome mat and embrace them with our warm hospitality.  Remember that every dollar spent on lodging, fuel, shopping, eating, and entertainment will help each of our local economies.  Together we can accomplish so much more!
The Texas Plains Trail Region thanks each of you for your tremendous support.  We value your input. Let us know how we can help your community. 
Enjoy your summer! Check out our events calendar at  There's plenty to do in our region, so try a "staycation."  You'll be amazed at what you can experience right in our own backyard.  
                                       Happy Trails, 

texas        Dolores Mosser, TPTR Board President

        Deborah Sue McDonald, Regional Coordinator


Upcoming Plains Trail Meeting Reminder!
 When:        Thursday, May 21, 2009
 Where:         Bertie Fannie Restaurant
                              103 South 6th Street
                              Memphis, Texas
 Time:             11:00     Welcome & Introductions
                              11:15     Program by Memphis Mayor Robert Maddox
                                              & Chamber Director Judy Stewart
                                              *  We will also take a tour of the Hall County Museum.
                              12:00     Lunch ($10 per person) will be served at Bertie Fannie's.
                              1:00       The Texas Plains Trail Bi-Monthly Board Meeting.
        PLEASE RSVP by MONDAY, MAY 18 at 806-231-3479 or e-mail:
Our meetings are open to to anyone  interested in Texas history, heritage tourism, and historic preservation.  They are a great way to network with regional partners, gain knowledge of marketing strategies, and obtain innovative ideas for your communities. 


Ways to be involved with The Texas Plains Trail Region. 
Help us help YOU and your county! 
1.    Attend our meetings and workshops.
2.   Offer to host one of our Bi-monthly meetings.  Contact us to find out how.
3.   Consider becoming one of our Board Members.  E-mail us for an application today.
4.   Send your community, county, and museum's events to be placed on our website.
5.   Invite the Regional Coordinator or other Board Members to speak at your Chamber, 
       Rotary, Lions, Kiwanis, Historical Commission, or other meetings.  We are more-than
       willing to educate your community on a variety of topics .
6.   Ask the Regional Coordinator to teach FREE Hospitality Training to community businesses.
7.   Volunteer  to help distribute Regional brochures, itineraries, and other materials at the Trade Shows
       we attend, like the Texas State Fair in September and October.  We also purchased a kiosk to be 
       placed at the TEXAS Musical in Palo Duro Canyon.    If we do not have your brochures,  please mail
       about 100, so that  the thousands of travelers who attend the play will know about your special 
8.  Have Regional pictures, favorite places, or historic stories to share?  Send them to us!  We can use
      them on our blog,, our website,,  
      and other upcoming social media sites like Facebook, Youtube, Flickr, and Twitter.   We want our
      region to be showcased around the globe.


Regional recipients of the Texas Historical Commission Awards

                                            THC Logo  

We are extremely proud to announce our region's THC Distinguished Service Awards that acknowledged the dedication of the County Historical Commissioners throughout the state. They were honored at THC's Annual Preservation Conference at Lakeway. These County Historical Commissioners have cultivated a strong relationship with their county commissioiner's court and the Texas Historical Commission.  We applaud them for their hard work! 
Carson         Castro         Cochran        Crosby        Hockley     Howard       Hutchinson   Knox            Lubbock       Randall          Lipscomb

          Virginia Scott, Wolf Creek Heritage Museum, Lipscomb 
 Kudos!  Hurrah's!  Hats off to Virginia Scott, one of the Texas Plains Trail Board Members, for receiving the JOHN L. NAU III, AWARD OF EXCELLENCE IN MUSEUMS. This highly prized award recognizes and honors the significant contributions of an individual or institution in the areas of historical interpretation, museum education, conservation of collections and/or community involvement. Way to go!


Texas Plains Trail Tourism Round-Up Conference Coming in AUGUST!
 We are excited to announce that the Texas Plains Trail Region Organization will be hosting a one day Tourism Round-up Conference at the Plainview Country Club on August 11, 2009.  A list of speakers and specific topics will be released later. The Conference will be designed to provide relevant and useful tourism information and training for community and business leaders within the Texas Plains Trail Region who recognize the importance of tourism for our rural communities. Topics such as marketing strategies, understanding the Hotel/Motel Tax Laws, creating community events, preserving your place, the power of partnerships, grant writing, promoting on your website, and selling your city will fill the 8:30-3:00 day. This will be a great day to show off your community and network with other community leaders! Look for registration details coming soon.   REMEMBER TO SAVE THE DATE! AUGUST 11, 2009.  Call 806-231-3479 for more information.
Deborah Sue McDonald, Regional Coordinator
Texas Plains Trail Region
806-273-0920 or 806-231-3479
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The Texas Plains Trail Region is a regional tourism initiative developed by the Texas Historical Commission that fosters regional economic development by promoting heritage tourism through the preservation of cultural and historic resources and regional partnerships. Our board consists of 25-members from all over the region.  For a complete list of BENEFITS of PARTNERING WITH TPTR, see
Promoting the past.  Motivating the present.  Creating the future!