Marking the 18th year for the induction ceremony, TTOF President George Westby today announced the official roster of inductees, including:
- Joseph Sterling Bridwell – Oil Man
- Graham H. Childress – Rancher
- Cabeza De Vaca – Explorer
- Five Civilized Tribes – Indian Confederation
- Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo Fountain
- Goodlet Oxsheer – Rancher
- James Hampton – Actor
- Stylle Reed – Artist
- Bob Simpson – Preservationist
The ceremony will begin at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, October 24th, in front of the Livestock Exchange Building as part of Red Steagall’s Cowboy Gathering in the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District.
Expected to draw an even larger crowd this year as part of The Red Steagall Cowboy Gathering and Western Swing Festival’s 25th ANNIVERSARY, October 23 – 25, the ceremony is one of the more anticipated events in this, the nation’s premier western heritage celebration.
“This is always special for the Texas Trail of Fame as we celebrate our heritage, but this is a very special landmark for Red,” said Westby. “The profits from the Cowboy Gathering go to fund college scholarships and to-date, we have raised and given out over $600,000.00 for scholarships. I’m not alone when I say ‘God bless you, Red!'”
18-plus years ago, The Texas Trail of Fame started with six individuals from the Fort Worth Stockyards signing a note at the bank for $15,000 to start a nonprofit organization to honor those individuals who have created and or helped preserve the Western Heritage we love and cherish. TTOF has made and placed over 200 bronze, 24” diameter markers in the walkways of the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District.
Education is a prime purpose for the Texas Trail of Fame. A drawing of each inductee and a brief biography is on the walls of the historic Livestock Exchange Building, as well as online here. Children receive assignments from their teachers to research a historical character and they are inspired by what they see on the wall.
“It’s pretty common to see students out on the sidewalks, finding their character, and doing a “rub” of the bronze to show to their class,” added Westby.
“This then encourages them to dive deeper and actually read and learn about their history and heritage. With all the distractions and influences our kids endure today, we take pride in helping keep this history alive.”