Texas is cowboys. After the Civil War the Texas economy suffered, but its cattle industry continued to thrive. From the mid to late 1800s driving cattle was a popular form of work. Longhorn cows were driven (and not by car) from Texas to the north and eastern United States by cowboys, hence the association with everything cowboy. If you’re Texan or just visiting, take a gander over to the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame.
What: Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame
Hours: Monday through Thursday 9AM to 5PM; Friday and Saturday 10AM to 7PM; Sunday 11AM to 5PM
Admission: Adults $5; Seniors (60+) $4; Students (w/ID) $4; Children (5-12) $3; Family (includes 2 adults and up to 4 children ages 5 to 12) $15; for group pricing visit: http://texascowboyhalloffame.org/pricing.php
Honoring men and women who excelled in the business and/or sport of rodeo and the western lifestyle, the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame has been opened since 2001. It has over 100 inductees including Nolan Ryan, George Strait, and Tommy Lee Jones. Some exhibits include:
- Adventures of the Cowboy Trail: Educational information about cattle drives including packing for the trail, branding, and Chuckwagons.
- Meet Paint: Learn about the duties of the American Paint Horse including swimming horses, night horses, and long-distance travelers.
- Zigrang Bit Collection: A private collection of over 128 bits some as far back as 1867.
- Chisholm Trail Exhibit: This trail crosses the Red River in Fort Worth and was used in the late 1800s to move cattle from Texas to Kansas.
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