The "Cowboy Capital Walk of Fame" recognizes the significance of the Western heritage of Stephenville and the surrounding area by honoring those outstanding individuals, both local and national, who have achieved worldwide acclaim. Located in downtown Stephenville, the Cowboy Capital Walk of Fame helps bring recognition to the Western Heritage of the region and the country. This region is one of very few areas in the United States that was directly involved in the evolution of the "professional cowboy." During the period from 1930 to 1950, the ranch cowboy discovered that the general public was enamored with the idea of the cowboy. The significant number of movies produced by Hollywood glamorized the myth of the Cowboy and the public yearned to get more of the Old West. To meet this need, rodeos were held in Madison Square Garden, Boston Garden, etc. Since the first indoor rodeos were held in Fort Worth at the Cowtown Coliseum, much of the expertise for these big building rodeos came from the Cross Timbers area. Everett Colborn's Rodeo Train from Dublin was the most successful of these ventures. In addition to rodeo, the birth of the Cutting Horse industry occurred in the area. The first sanctioned cutting horse contest was held in Dublin in 1946. This led to a growing industry of horse trainers to compliment the rodeo contestants in the Cross Timbers area.
Visit the Cowboy Capital Walk of Fame and other sites of historic interest in Stephenville and Erath County by downloading maps at the web link below.
Cowboy Capital Walk of Fame