"This town is so healthy we had to
shoot a man to start a cemetery"

The Clark Hotel Museum contains a large quantity of artifacts reflecting the history of Van Horn and the surrounding area. It features an old western style saloon with bar and mirrored back bar which have been in the same room since the early 1900’s. There are displays showing the history of mining, ranching, the railroad, and other early activites, as well as personal items which belonged to members of early pioneer families who first settled here.

The Museum is located in one of the oldest surviving buildings in Van Horn, which served as a hotel for many years. When Culberson County was first created, the Museum site served as the first courthouse while one was being constructed. It subsequently served as a hotel for more than four decades. It was purchased in 1979 by the Museum Association and has been in the process of restoration since that time.

All photos copyright Dan Baeza, 2012
This website was created by Dan Baeza, during an internship with the Clark Hotel Museum and the Texas Mountain Trail