Much of the exhibit deals with how cattle drives worked at that time. An average of between 12 and 20 men would accompany between 2,000 and 3,000 head of cattle about 12 to 15 miles a day for anywhere between 25 to 100 days, Rush said.
Cattle branding from the different ranches became important as more than one ranch could be represented on a drive, Rush said. As part of the new exhibits, children have a chance to develop their own brands via chalk.
Rush said the museum’s new goal is to provide for more historical exhibits with many of the artifacts the facility has in storage, Rush said. As part of the Trail Drivers exhibit, Rush is developing programs and camps to encourage schools to get involved.
Many original artifacts are part of the exhibit, much of it coming from the Loving Ranch and his descendants. Rush said she is planning on doing several programs with the family as part of the year-long exhibit.
Goodnight himself is responsible for the development of the chuck wagon in 1866. the original chuck wagon carried bedrolls and food and was actually a redesigned government surplus wagon. Because of the length of travel and terrain, the original wooden axles were replaced with iron. Goodnight installed a chuck box that had a hinged lid for storage and also installed a hammock to the undercarriage to hold wood and kindling for the fires.
The Center is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For information on the exhibit, call 817-599-6168 or visit dosscenter.org.