|Standing in front of the Tails N Trails Museum|
Still under construction, the "barn" will add
immensely to the museum's display space.
|Museum display of the famous Nocona boots.|
Nell Ann McBroom, whose great-grandfather founded Nocona, directs Tales N Trails with dedication and resourcefulness. I met Nell Ann and Dennis at a couple of history conferences during the past year. Nell Ann invited me to provide a program for the annual Membership Meeting, scheduled for Friday evening, May 20. She and Dennis had seen me speak about “Gunfighting in Texas” at the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum, and they asked me to present the same program at Tales N Trails.
|A 1/6 working model of a 1920s|
oil field Spudder.
|Mural displaying the museum's primary focal points.|
One block from Nokona we checked into our hotel, a converted commercial building which owner-manager Bob Ferguson built one room at a time. Red River Station Inn opened last December, and our hosts – Bob, Kristal, and their delightful seventh-grade daughter, Maddie Ferguson - offered a warm welcome. After Bob gave us a room by room tour, we changed clothes to return to the museum. We set up a book table and I arranged my pistols and gun rigs for use while speaking.
|Display at Nokona Baseball Glove manufacturing plant.|
Nell Ann and Dennis took us to dinner downtown at the Times Forgotten Steak House. The atmospheric restaurant offered a delectable menu, and Karon and I reflected that in the few hours since we had hit town we had enjoyed one terrific experience after another.
|Karon and Rob Storey holding kangaroo skin, the|
plant's softest leather.
The next morning Karon and I were in no hurry to leave such pleasant surroundings. I took in the town with an hour-long walk, and we lingered in our room. We finally drove out of Nocona at ten o’clock, talking to each other about the people we had met and the historical experiences we had enjoyed.
|One of the Nokona manufacturing rooms.|
|In the hallway of our charming hotel, the|
Red River Station Inn.
|With Nell Ann McBroom in front of a|
Native American mural (we appear to be a trio).
|With Tom Horn, a distant descendant of the notorious|
gunman and scout.
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