Texas Brazos Trail Region

Participant in the Texas Historical Commission's
Texas Heritage Trails Program

Cranfills Gap

The first Norwegian settlers arrived in 1854, the year the county was established. Clifton’s 1923 Bosque Memorial Museum preserves the community’s distinct heritage with artifacts from Norwegian pioneer Jacob Olson. The descendants of those early settlers — with such names as Aars, Bakke and Orbeck — still fill the Lutheran churches of Clifton, and the tiny nearby communities of Norse and Cranfills Gap preserve their traditions. Norwegians gather from far and wide for the annual smorgasbord in Norse and the lutefisk dinner at Cranfills Gap.


  • Contact: City of Cranfills Gap
  • Phone: 254-597-2756
  • Fax: 254-597-0083
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