The Northeast Texas Rural Heritage Center consists of two award-winning museums, the Depot Museum and the Farmstead Museum.
The Pittsburg Depot was obtained by the city from the Southern Pacific Railroad and now houses a fascinating array of antiques and artifacts. The once native Caddo Indians are the focus of an archeology exhibit in the Depot. Other exhibit areas feature a working telegraph station, an 1894 telephone switchboard and antique telephones, a printing press, Model T Ford, and a 1909 surrey. In one building are a firetruck, a steam engine, a wildlife diorama, and a small art gallery.
The Ezekiel Airship is a real crowd pleaser in the Depot Museum. Reverend Burrell Cannon, a part time preacher and inventor, built the flying machine in 1902. His design was based on descriptions from the Book of Ezekiel in the Bible. A test flight was reported in 1902 - before the Wright brothers were airborne. The original craft was destroyed while being transported to St Louis for the 1904 World's Fair. The full size replica on display was built by the Pittsburg Optimist Club in the 1980s.
Northeast Texas Rural Heritage Center - Depot Museum and Ezekiel Airship
Admission Charged. Can buy a combined ticket with the Farmstead.
Adults $4, Students $2.
Open Thursday through Saturday, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.