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TEMPORARILY CLOSED

The Kell House Museum will be closed this weekend, July 2nd and 3rd, as we prepare for Independence Day.  Be sure to join us as we celebrate the Fourth of July in classic style!  Registration for the Most Patriotic Parade begins at 8:15 at the corner of 9th and Ohio, and the parade will make its way up the hill to the Kell House beginning at 9 a.m.  Our patriotic program, including announcement of the parade winners, begins at 9:30 and will be followed by a carnival-style celebration on the Museum grounds until noon.  Parade registration and the celebration are both FREE; however some games and activities will require tickets (50 cents each), and the food and sno-cone trucks will accept cash

 

         Long considered a visionary and driving force behind the growth of our city, Frank Kell moved to Wichita Falls in 1896 at the urging of his brother-in-law, Joseph Kemp.  The two men were involved in the grain industry, the development of Lake Wichita, the utilities companies, the newspaper, the streetcar system, the railroad, the local college, and much more.  In 1909, Mr. Kell purchased the land on the bluff overlooking downtown and, with his sister-in-law Mrs. Minnie Mae Adickes serving as contractor, he built a home for his family.

 

            The Kell family home was occupied by Miss Willie May Kell after the death of her parents. When Miss Kell passed away in 1980, the Kell House was purchased and restored by the Wichita County Heritage Society, and the Kell House Museum opened in 1981.

 

            The Kell House is one of the most historically and architecturally significant buildings in Wichita Falls. The Museum features distinctive architecture designed by the local firm of Jones and Orlopp, original family furnishings, textiles, decorative arts, and historic costumes. Guided tours of this local, state, and national landmark provide a fascinating history of this area’s early settlement and of the Kell family.

 

 

Kell House Museum
900 Bluff Street
Wichita Falls, Texas 76301
(940)723-2712
(940)723-6592 (fax)
kellhouse1909@yahoo.com

 

 

The Kell Family in 1910:
Left to Right
Back: Joseph, Carrie, Bess, Willie May, Sadie
Front: Mary Jo, Lula Kemp Kell, Frank Kell, Sybil, Emma Frances Stinnett Kemp

 

 

 

 

 

 

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