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The cowboy is an iconic, larger than life figure. In the United States, he is probably most associated with Texas, while beyond our borders, he is often seen as the quintessential American figure. While cowboy culture is often imitated and exported, in Texas you can experience the real thing. Here are some of the colorful events, destinations, and personalities that can provide an introduction to the world of the cattle drives of days gone by and the rodeos of today.
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331 Main St, Bandera, TX 78003, USA
If you prefer to put in a hard day’s work before you hang your hat each evening, Equitours offers a three-day cattle working clinic in the Texas Hill Country. You’ll meet your fellow wranglers in San Antonio and travel to a tranquil, isolated...
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4051 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77027, USA
After establishing themselves by making cavalry boots for the U.S. Army at Fort Sam Houston, Lucchese Bootmaker now counts famous celebrities and politicians among its clientele. Since 1883, Lucchese has mastered the old world art of bookmaking,...
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Terlingua once was a bustling mining town that slid into a decline at the beginning of the twentieth century. Now it’s most commonly known as the ghost town at the foot of Big Bend National Park that hosts an annual Chili Cook Off each fall. Chili...
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331 Main St, Bandera, TX 78003, USA
Bandera is a quintessential small Texas town, steeped in rodeo tradition and nestled in the lush, rolling hills. There’s a long list of ways to explore cowboy culture here: Take a trail ride, watch an amateur rodeo, visit a dude ranch, or spend...
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911 S Commerce St, Lockhart, TX 78644, USA
According to the Gammage family, a person is not fully dressed until he or she is topped with the perfect hat. The centuries old, handon process of hatmaking has been passed down through the Gammage family over four generations. Among their...
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79830 US-90, Alpine, TX 79830, USA
The working cowboy has long embraced, and contributed to, the oral tradition of poetry and song. Some of the earliest records of cowboy songs date back to the 1870s. Today, folklore and storytelling are honored and celebrated at the Texas Cowboy...
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2455 N Main St, Fort Worth, TX 76164, USA
M.L. Leddy’s is one of the most interesting destinations of the Historic Fort Worth Stockyards, specializing in every kind of exquisitely made accoutrement needed on the open range, from stirrups to belts, buckles, boots, and more. But what really...
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802 S Highland Ave, Marfa, TX 79843, USA
Who says camp cooking can’t be the stuff culinary dreams are made of? Such is the opinion of Lou Lambert, creator of award-winning Texas restaurants like Lambert’s Downtown Barbecue Austin and Dutch’s Hamburgers in Fort Worth. For one weekend way...
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412 Luckenbach Town Loop, Fredericksburg, TX 78624, USA
As the unofficial town motto goes, “Everybody’s Somebody” in Luckenbach. And a certain famous someone, Jerry Jeff Walker, recorded one of outlaw country’s all-time classic albums, Viva Terlingua, at Luckenbach’s dancehall. A wide variety of people...
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505 N Charlton St, Woodville, TX 75979, USA
The Tyler County Dogwood Festival spans three weekends each spring, but we recommend attending Western Weekend when over 2,000 riders descend upon Woodville on horseback and by wagon. The purpose of the trail rides is not only to preserve the...