The Hallie Stillwell Hall of Fame Museum chronicles the life fo this West Texas rancher. In an area known for ranching and dominated by cowboys, one woman in particular left her mark in the mountains of West Texas. Born Hallie Crawford in 1897, she traversed West Texas and New Mexico with her family, eventually settling in Alpine. In 1918 she married Roy Stillwell and moved to his Big Bend ranch where she rode with the cowboys, worked as a ranch hand and reared three children. Following her husband’s sudden death, Stillwell fought to preserve the ranching life she loved and embraced. To help make ends meet, she lectured on life as a Texas woman rancher, managed a coffee shop, clerked for the city, worked in a flower shop, handled public relations for the local chamber of commerce and served as justice of the peace. Her literary success also helped the ranch survive through a drought when she started writing a column for the Alpine Avalanche in 1955. Inducted into the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame in 1992, Stillwell died two months and two days shy of her 100th birthday in 1997.
Hallie Stillwell Hall of Fame Museum