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Lindale, Texas

Old Mill Pond Museum (formerly Parrot Park)

Park filled with machinery that drove the southern agriculture and oil industries forward. 

If you’d rather walk through history than read about it, a visit to Parrot Park in Lindale, Texas, is suggested. The place seems like a quiet hub of activity with several small groups of people and individuals working on personal projects around the grounds. The groups - and their efforts to restore some of the machinery that drove the southern agriculture and oil industries forward once upon a time - bring the area’s history back to life.

One of those personal projects is a model railroad that recreates the transportation route between Lindale and Tyler around the 1920s and 20s. Small features include a track built entirely by hand, piece by piece, including cross ties and rails.

Walking throughout the park, you’ll spot several other interesting projects. A restored old Model T, about 20 tractors that date all the way back to the era of Eli Whitney, a replica gas station, an impressively large water mill, and much more.

Free access and plenty of parking, as well as picnic tables, make this a great stop if you are passing through the area. And maybe even a destination if you care to stop and talk awhile with some of the friendly folks who run the place.

Know Before You Go

From Dallas, take I-20 E toward Shreveport about 50 miles, get off at exit 556, turn left and go one mile. The park will be on your right.HoursThursday - Saturday8 a.m. - 5 p.m.