|The Texas State Historian with Arizona State Historian Marshall Trimble|
|My opening progam included a demonstration of a Navy Colt, Model 1851|
|Mike Cox on the Texas Rangers|
It is fitting that the Wild West History Association celebrated its 10th anniversary in Texas, because the largest number of members are from Texas. As Texas State Historian I was asked to provide the opening address, on Wednesday evening. My topic was, "The Panther Roared – and So Did the Guns." The theme I explored – as I have in articles and books and even a Texas State Historical Association Webinar in 2016 – was that Texas was the gunfighter capital of the Wild West. There were more gunfights in Texas than in any other state or territory, more blood feuds were fought in Texas, more gunfighters were from Texas, and more gunfighters died in Texas. As far as “The Panther Roared,” I wanted to explain how Fort Worth came to be called “Panther City,” and I wanted to focus as much as possible on the gunfighters and shootouts of old Fort Worth, our host city.
|UNT Press Director Ron Chrisman with co-authors, Bob Alexander and Donaly Brice, |
Texas Rangers: Lives, Legend, and Legacy
|Awards Chairman Carroll Moore, John Boesennecker (winner of the Book of the Year Award), and WWHA President Jim Dunham|
|Six-Shooter Award Winner Paul Andrew Hutton|
|With Billy Huckaby, Head of the Wild Horse Media Group |
and publisher of my recent biography of Sam Houston
The mid-day meal on Thursday was an Awards Luncheon. A Six-Shooter Award for Best Article of the Year was presented to nationally-known historian Paul Andrew Hutton. The WWHA Book of the Year Award went to John Boessenecker for his superb biography, Texas Ranger: The Epic Life of Frank Hamer. The programs after lunch were concluded by Bill Neal, who spoke on his recently released book: Death on the Lonely Llano Estacado, about the assassination of the attorney Jim Jarrott by Killin’ Jim Miller, whose home was in Fort Worth.
|Bill Neal, with his lovely wife Gayla at left|
|Roy Young and Kurt House, Program Co-chairs, Paul Andrew Hutton |
and Texas State Historian
|Cattle Trails Panel: Gary and Margaret Kraisinger, Tom Weger, and Sylvia Mahoney|
|National Cowgirl Hall of Fame, a field trip highlight|
|Luke Short's grave at Oakwood Cemetery|
|Mausoleum of cattle king Burk Burnett at Oakwood Cemetery|
Our last day included Kurt House, “Ten Things You Didn’t Know about John Wesley Hardin,” Chuck Hornung and a program on the New Mexico Mounted Police, and a “Gunfighter's Session” with programs by WWHA President Jim Dunham and by the Texas State Historian. Saturday evening featured the Annual Boots and Spurs Banquet, with a program by Pulitzer Prize Finalist and New York Times Best-selling author S.G. Gwynne. Before we adjourned it was announced that we will meet in Springfield, Missouri, in 2018 and in Cheyenne, Wyoming, in 2019.
|Hard-working board member, Paul Marquez with a richly deserved award|
|Chuck Hornung, authority on the New Mexico Mounted Police|
|Showing a buscadero gun rig at my Saturday presentation|