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all-day A Texas State of Mind – art of L... @ Chisholm Trail Heritage Center & Garis Gallery of the American West
A Texas State of Mind – art of L... @ Chisholm Trail Heritage Center & Garis Gallery of the American West
Jul 4 – Sep 22 all-day
A Texas State of Mind - art of Larry G. Lemons @ Chisholm Trail Heritage Center & Garis Gallery of the American West
A Texas State of Mind, featuring the art of Larry G. Lemons of Nocona, TX, exhibit will open July 4 – Sept. 22, 2019, at the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center in Duncan, OK. A meet[...]

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Real Cowboys on the Chisholm Trail: Larkin Patrick Williams

Larkin Patrick Williams (1851-1930)

Larkin Patrick Williams (1851-1930) lived under a cottonwood tree in a dugout during the Chisholm Trail Cattle Drive era.

Imagine living in a dugout under a cottonwood tree – for 10 years! Larkin Patrick Williams (1851-1930) did that in the 1860s and his sole job was to see that the Waggoner cattle didn’t slip into the herds of cattle crossing the Red River during the Chisholm Trail drives. Lark, a Texan, worked for the Waggoner Ranch at Doan’s Crossing, according to Doyle W. Williams of Fort Worth, Texas, who shared this story with us in 2015.

Doyle saw our request for the Real Cowboys exhibit in the Daily Ardmoreite. He had already published the story in a family history book, “My Father’s Branch: The Lineage, Lore, and Life of Larkin Eugene Williams.” Larkin was Doyle William’s great uncle on his father’s side.

“Lark” as he was called, was born in… Continue reading

‘Real Cowboys on the Chisholm Trail’ exhibit retires

‘Real Cowboys’ exhibit retires

May 17, 2019

In January 2015, the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center generated a call requesting stories and photos of “Real Cowboys on the Chisholm Trail.” That exhibit was scheduled to close at the end of 2018, but many visitors enjoyed reading the stories and looking at the photos. We finally retired the exhibit May 16, 2019, but, those stories and images will be permanently exhibited through our blog here on the website.

An advantage is we can now share the full stories that were edited for the physical display because of space. Edited versions of the stories and photos were displayed on the wall outside the Campfire Theater.

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In this undated black and white photograph (maybe 1950s), Bobby Wayne Brower of Duncan, Oklahoma, is seen calf roping at a rodeo.

Real Cowboys came about when Don Brower visited us to share his story about his father,… Continue reading