Texas Lakes Trail Region

Participant in the Texas Historical Commission's
Texas Heritage Trails Program

Fort Worth : Vaquero: Genesis of the Texas Cowboy Exhibit

September 8, 2014 (All day) to October 20, 2014 (All day)

In the early 1970s, photographer Bill Wittliff visited a ranch in northern Mexico where vaqueros (cowboys) herded cattle in the centuries-old vaquero tradition. Through photographs, he captured a since-lost way of life.

Exhibition Highlights

Photographs from the Wittliff Collections at the Alkek Library, Texas State University.
Artifacts from the collection of historian Doug Harman, including tools, clothing, antique spurs, reata (similar to a lasso), hand-tooled saddles and sombreros. 
Original model of Vaquero de Fort Worth, a statue commemorating the vaqueros’ contribution to Fort Worth’s history.

The exhibition is presented by Texas State University and Humanities Texas, the state affiliate for the National Endowment for the Humanities.


  • Fort Worth Central Library
  • 500 W. Third St.
  • Fort Worth , Texas
  • 76102


  • Contact:
    Fort Worth Central Library
  • Phone:
    817-392-READ (7323)
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  • Free 

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