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Trail Drivers is the newest exhibit opening to the public Feb. 20 at the Doss Heritage and Culture Center in Weatherford. Visitors can learn more about the famous and infamous cowboys who made Texas a name known throughout the country from the end of the Civil War through 1900. Longhorn cattle were driven by Goodnight and Loving from the wilds of Texas to market in Denver. “Parker County played an integral role in the development of the Goodnight Loving story and that legacy continues today,” said Amanda Rush, curator. “Visitors will learn about Charles Goodnight’s chuck wagon design and how Loving’s body returned to Weatherford after he met his untimely death on the trail.” In addition to learning about cattle drivers’ past, visitors can connect the story of the longhorn cattle’s importance to Texas history to the conservation efforts of today to keep the breed alive. The exhibit will be in the museum’s Cartwright Gallery.
The opening on Feb. 19 will be for members only. Attire for the evening is Dressy Western and attendees must present proof of membership for free admission to the exhibit opening. Memberships may be purchased the night of the reception.
Those attending the event will also be some of the first to see the new Katrina Wright Sculpted Stitches exhibition in the DHCC Heritage Gallery. Visitor can see Gracie, the museum’s bison skeleton discovered on a Parker County ranch in 1985. The Gracie bison is thought to be a ceremonially-buried buffalo skeleton and will be on display with portions of the DHCC’s extensive arrowhead collection. For more information, visit dosscenter.org or call 817-599-6168.