By MEL RHODES
Fort Worth has long been called "Cowtown," and for good reason. Between 1866 and 1890, drovers trailed some four million head of cattle through the burgeoning city on the rolling hills of the Grand Prairie. And when the railroad arrived in 1876, Fort Worth became a major livestock shipping point for Texas cattle destined for the beef-hungry masses in northern markets.
So it follows that Fort Worth is still home to cowboy/western themed organizations and celebrations. One such event is slated for Friday, July 26, at 7 p.m., at the Worthington Renaissance Hotel in downtown Fort Worth.
The National Multicultural Western Heritage Museum plans that night to honor 10 2012-2013 Hall of Fame inductees, some living, some passed. According to the museum, "eight legendary Cowboys and two Cowgirls" will be inducted during the ceremony and banquet.
"We are honored to be able to recognize the contributions of these living legends and pay tribute to those who have passed on for their dedication to the preservation of our western heritage and culture," said NMWHM Co-founder Jim Austin. "We have an amazing weekend of events planned, and we really want to encourage everyone in the community to bring their families out and be part of this historic celebration," he added.
Considering Palo Pinto County's storied past, steeped in famous cattlemen and trail-drive lore, this might be an interesting outing for many in the "Cradle of the Texas Cowboy" area.
As alluded to earlier, this is not just a "feed" and induction, but the beginning of a weekend of events associated with the ninth annual National Day of the American Cowboy, Saturday, July 27.
"The NMWHM and Hall of Fame is dedicated to honoring the men and women who have made exemplary contributions to the history and preservation of western culture past and present," NMWHM Co-founder and Executive Director Gloria Reed Austin stated in a press release.