Forts Trail Region

Founded in 1890, the town was named for rancher and land agent J.N. Winters. The Z.I. Hale Museum bears the name of a local optometrist whose office now houses displays on early-day businesses, farming and ranching, education and home life. Visitors find more exhibits in the museum’s Rock Hotel Heritage Center, a former railroad travelers’ hotel, built in 1909. It features a restored 1920s honeymoon suite and memorabilia from baseball legend Rogers Hornsby, a Hall of Fame inductee born in 1896 in Winters. The museum also presents an extensive collection of early farm implements housed in the 1927 farm equipment dealership of local farmer-inventor Gus Pruser. On display is a horse-drawn cotton picking machine that Pruser invented in 1912.