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Audie Murphy American Cotton Museum
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Audie Murphy American Cotton Museum
Location within Texas
Location Greenville, Texas
Coordinates 33°08′20″N 96°04′41″W / 33.1390043°N 96.0780276°W / 33.1390043; -96.0780276Coordinates: 33°08′20″N 96°04′41″W / 33.1390043°N 96.0780276°W / 33.1390043; -96.0780276
Website Audie Murphy American Cotton Museum

The Audie Murphy American Cotton Museum is located at 600 Interstate 30 East, in the city of Greenville, county of Hunt, in the U.S. state of Texas. It was established in 1987.[1] Cotton was Hunt County's largest cash crop in the early 20th century, and the museum features a "History of Cotton Exhibit".[2]

Much of the focus of the museum is dedicated to military veterans. Medal of Honor recipient Audie Murphy was born in Hunt County and worked in Greenville before entering the military.[3] The Hunt County War Memorial was dedicated on the museum's grounds in 2004. The memorial features a 10-foot (3 m) bronze statue of Murphy created by Greenville artist Gordon Thomas. Granite stones that circle the monument are carved with the names of the county's war dead. Other stones contain quotes from Murphy, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan.[4]

In 2012, the Audie L. Murphy Memorial VA Hospital[5] in San Antonio transferred its collection of Murphy-related memorabilia to the museum for its permanent collection.[6] The museum sponsors the area's annual Audie Murphy Days, usually scheduled in June.[7][8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. "AM Cotton Museum". Texas Historical Commission. http://atlas.thc.state.tx.us/viewform.asp?atlas_num=4200000192&site_name=Audie%20Murphy%20American%20Cotton%20Museum&class=4200. Retrieved 10 January 2013. 
  2. Harper Jr., Cecil. "Hunt County, Tx". Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association. http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hch22. Retrieved 10 January 2014. 
  3. Ramani, Sandra (2013). Day Trips from Dallas & Fort Worth, 2nd: Getaway Ideas for the Local Traveler. Guilford, CT: GPP Travel. p. 32. ISBN 9780762786381. 
  4. "Audie Murphy Hunt County War Memorial". Maritime quest. http://www.maritimequest.com/misc_pages/monuments_memorials/audie_murphy_hunt_county_war_memorial_page_1.htm. Retrieved 10 January 2014. 
  5. "Audie L. Murphy Memorial VA Hospital". U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. http://www.southtexas.va.gov/locations/directions.asp. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  6. "A Place of Honor". U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. http://www.southtexas.va.gov/features/HandlewithCare.asp. Retrieved 10 January 2014. 
  7. Jasinski, Laurie E. (2012). Handbook of Texas Music. Denton, TX: Texas State Historical Association. ISBN 9780876112526. 
  8. "Special Events". Greenville C of C. http://www.greenvillechamber.com/visit-greenville/Special-Events.aspx#audiedays. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 

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