Saturday, March 28, 2009

Southwest Dairy Museum

The Southwest Dairy Museum, located in Sulphur Springs, Texas, showcases the important effect the dairy industry had on the town's growth. The museum, which consists of a 10,000-square-foot (930 m2) facility, serves as the headquarters for the many activities sponsored by the Southwest Dairy Farmers.[1] The idea for the museum came in 1982 when several in the dairy industry came up with the idea of preserving artifacts and historical documents related to the dairy industry in the United States, and specifically in rural areas. The museum became a reality in 1991 and included a fleet of Mobile Dairy Classrooms that travel to schools and other areas.[2][3]

There has been discussion about converting other disused dairy farms into an expansion for the museum, but this has not yet happened.[4] The museum's exhibits include: the life of a dairy farm before electricity came to rural areas and demonstrations on separating cream, the first stem in dairy production. [1]

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Coordinates: 33°8′27″N 95°37′14″W / 33.14083°N 95.62056°W / 33.14083; -95.62056

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