On our last day in Fort Worth, our good friend Martha Stookey took us on a sightseeing trip downtown. She hadn’t visited the 2 year old National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame before, and we were keen to see it. It was marvellous – truly capturing the spirit of the Cowgirl. The Hall of Fame included female bronc riders, barrel racers, professional trick riders, movie stars (Dale Evans was honoured), poets, and even musicians like Patsy Cline, and Pasty Montana. Cowgirls have indelibly left their mark on the western scene, and they’ve been there from the beginning. It was just delightful to see some of the old footage, and costumes from long ago.
The museum is housed in an old Art Deco building, with a fantastic trompe l’oeil mural outside.
Inside, we found a short film on cowgirls and a significant western art show by women artists. Georgia O’Keefe is one of the honourees in the Hall of Fame, so they include artists in their inductees.
I think I was most impressed by some of the pictures of trick riders from the 1930s. What they could do on the back of a galloping horse!!! They must’ve been in incredible shape, and had a close relationship with their horses to carry off their acts (not to mention glittery costumes that clearly inspired Liberace and Elvis!). If you’re ever in Fort Worth with a day to explore, I would highly recommend this museum. I just checked their website at http://www.cowgirl.net/, and found out that they are looking for staff. YOU COULD WORK THERE! (I think I’ll tell my cousin Jane about this…..).
We continued our tour of Fort Worth with a visit to Martha’s childhood home, and then we headed down to the Stockyard area, where the cowBOYS are found. Something was going on that day – lots of horse trailers everywhere, and when we drove through the Stockyards, we found the bars full, and even cowboys drinking and driving – with beers in their hands while in the saddle. (sorry I didn’t get a picture of that – I was so surprised!) But I DID get a picture of a couple of good looking buckaroos walking past some wagons.
Our last dinner in town was some great Tex-Mex food. We said a sad farewell to Martha and her son Steve this morning. We’ve had a great time with them while we were in town.
We’ve had a great visit to Texas. As we head north, into Kansas and Missouri to complete this tour, I have to expurgate “y’all” from my speech, and lower my expectations for pico de gallo. We’ve had meltingly hot and humid weather, torrential rains and chilly sunshine: a little bit of everything. As we head north, we’ll start adding layers, but we’ll remember the warmth of both the weather and the people of Texas. Until next time, y’all!