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The Robert E. Howard Museum is located at the junction of Texas State Highway 36 and Avenue J in Cross Plains, in the county of Callahan, in the U.S. state of Texas. The museum was the family home of author Robert E. Howard, creator of Conan the Barbarian.[2] The structure was added to the National Register of Historic Places listings in Callahan County, Texas in 1994.

Robert E. Howard Museum
Robert E. Howard Museum Front Gate.jpg
Front gate of Howard Museum
LocationJct Fourth St (SH 36) and Ave. J
Cross Plains, Texas
Coordinates32°7′16″N 99°10′18″W / 32.12111°N 99.17167°W / 32.12111; -99.17167Coordinates: 32°7′16″N 99°10′18″W / 32.12111°N 99.17167°W / 32.12111; -99.17167
TypeHouse museum
WebsiteRobert E. Howard Museum
Robert E. Howard House
Robert E. Howard Museum Plaque.jpg
National Register plaque
Robert E. Howard House is located in Texas
Robert E. Howard House
Robert E. Howard House
Robert E. Howard House is located in the United States
Robert E. Howard House
Robert E. Howard House
Arealess than one acre
NRHP reference #94000984[1]
Added to NRHPAugust 19, 1994



The T-shaped white frame home was built c.1919, by Mr. and Mrs. J.M.Coffman. Dr. Isaac M. Howard and his wife Hester Ervin Howard bought it shortly thereafter. Their son Robert was a teenager when they moved into the home. A bathroom and rear porch were added by Dr. Howard. Robert E. Howard committed suicide in his car in the driveway of the house in 1936. His father sold the house in 1944 to Mrs. Nancy Elizabeth Grisham.[3]


The amateur Robert E. Howard Press Association and the non-profit Robert H. Howard Foundation sponsor an annual event in June to celebrate the author's legacy.[4] The local library extends its hours during the event to make its Howard publications and memorabilia available to the public.[5]

Visitors to the museum may read Howard's suicide note, a copy of which is on display with his typewriter.[6]

Hours, admissionEdit

Admission only by pre-arrangement.[4]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09.
  2. ^ Dreher, Rod (12 February 1997). "A Writer Loves and Dies in Texas". Sun Sentinel. Retrieved 16 February 2012.
  3. ^ "NRHP Howard House" (PDF). Texas Historical Commission. Retrieved April 20, 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Robert E. Howard Home Restored by Project Pride". Retrieved 16 February 2012.
  5. ^ Graham, Don (2011). State of Minds: Texas Culture and Its Discontents. University of Texas Press. p. 1. ISBN 978-0-292-72361-0.
  6. ^ Boertlein, John (2010). Presidential Confidential: Sex, Scandal, Murder and Mayhem in the Oval Office. Clerisy Press. p. 312. ISBN 978-1-57860-361-9.

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