While traveling through the great state of Texas, you can be taken back in history when a bit of the old west comes alive and you stop at Mobeetie, Texas. There you will learn about the history of how the settlement was first established and how the grounds were a buffalo hunter’s camp which was unofficially called “Hidetown.”
There are still many original artifacts and buildings still standing including an original jail cell that once housed many prisoners, a barber shop, a General Store, adoctor’s office, and post office. There you will also see the original flag pole that was purchased for $7.50 by prominent citizen, J. J. Long, and raised in front of his store where he was a banker and a merchant.
On display in the museum there are many exhibits depicting the 1800’s era, the Sheriff’s quarters, hanging gallows, an iron lung, saddles from the Calvary, and Red River War memorabilia, along with much more. In the visitor’s center, which houses the offices of the grounds, you will be able to see exhibits of all Wheeler Old West legend Bat Masterson is one of many faces that frequented Mobeetie.
The Old Mobeetie Music Festival features area Bluegrass performers every July.
The Mobeetie Jail grounds also offers complete camping including 120-RV hook-ups and dry camping areas year around. The last weekend in July offers the annual Old Mobeetie Music Festival where people come from all over the United States to relax and enjoy good ole’ blue grass music. Labor Day brings a close to summer with the Old Settler’s Reunion, picnic and parade. Also throughout the year you can enjoy art exhibits, quilt shows, and tours.
The Bob Baley's Barber Shop building is the original Ware Chevrolet from Wheeler. It was donated to the Mobeetie Jail Museum by the bank after Ware Chevrolet quickly outgrew it and they moved into another building.