A small grain and cotton town in the Dawson River Valley, Theodore was named for union leader, Queensland Premier and Federal Treasurer Edward (Red Ted) Theodore. The signature that sets it apart from other valley towns are the palms and tropical bushes planted in the late 1920s when the town was the service centre for the Valley Irrigation Scheme. There are fish to be caught in the Glebe Weir, which also attracts its share of water-skiers, while the Theodore Folk Museum captures more than 100 years of history in photographs, artefacts and agricultural memorabilia. Nearby Ilsa Gorge, with its picnic grounds off the Leichhardt Highway route to Taroom, presents sandstone shapes sculpted by wind and rain over millions of years. Lookouts on the Malakoff Range just north of Theodore present outstanding views of the Dawson Valley. To the south-east, Cracow might now be a small rural village, but in the early 1930s it teemed with miners seeking their fortunes in an area where mines the likes of Golden Plateau, Golden Mile and Dawn of Cracow produced lashings of gold.