"Lone Star Historian" is a blog about the travels and activities of the State Historian of Texas. Bill O'Neal was appointed to a two-year term by Gov. Rick Perry on August 22, 2012, at an impressive ceremony in the State Capitol. Bill is headquartered at Panola College (www.panola.edu) in Carthage, where he has taught since 1970. For more than 20 years Bill conducted the state's first Traveling Texas History class, a three-hour credit course which featured a 2,100-mile itinerary. In 2000 he was awarded a Piper Professorship, and in 2012 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Wild West Historical Association. Bill has published almost 40 books, half about Texas history subjects, and in 2007 he was named Best Living Non-Fiction Writer by True West Magazine.
During the years following the Civil War, the beneficial possibilities of collective action were sought by groups such as industrial workers, through labor unions, and farmers, through the Grange and the Farmers Alliance of the South. Stockmen quickly recognized the need to organize themselves against cattle thieves and to coordinate roundups and other ranching practices.
The Cattle Theft Association, founded in 1865, was the first of several New Mexico associations formed to battle rustlers. The Colorado Cattle Growers Association was organized in 1884 and counted among its members a young rancher from New York named Theodore Roosevelt. The Wyoming Stock Growers Association exercised enormous political power, and when the Wyoming Territorial Capitol opened in 1888, there was an office suite for the WSGA.
|The Old Post Office Museum, with cowboy |
statuary in the right corner
On a recent visit to Graham I took another look at the mural and the site of the oak tree, and I toured the Old Post Office Museum on the large town square. In Fort Worth the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Foundation maintains its headquarters at 1301 West 7th Street. Outside stands a superb statuary of cowboy and cattle, and inside is the Waggoner Library, an excellent research facility. The headquarters building long featured the Cattle Raisers Museum, but it has been upgraded, modernized, and moved to the city's museum district, just opposite the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame.
TEXAS & SOUTHWESTERN
|This old brand book is among|
many treasures at the
Cattle Raisers Museum.
|The Association began|
publishing The Cattleman
in 1914. I was privileged
to contribute an article
on the historic LS Ranch
in this issue (Oct. 1987).
| This superb statuary stands in front of the|
Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Foundation
headquarters in Fort Worth.