Currently, the Corral meets the third Tuesday monthly
(except Jun, Jul, Aug & Dec)
at 7 PM online via Zoom.
Topics include local, Texas, and Western history.
Speakers are members, local historians, and university professors.
Visitors are welcome.
If you would like to visit and need the Zoom login information, please use the contact form to request it.
Corral annual membership dues of $20/single and $30/couple are based on the calendar year and include the annual dues payable to our parent organization, Westerners International. Checks are payable to Fort Worth Westerners Corral.
The Fort Worth Westerners Corral was founded in 1965 and is the oldest of the eight active Corrals in Texas. Like the Westerners International organization, membership is open to anyone interested in Western history.
Fort Worth Westerners' Sheriff
(does what a president does)
Fort Worth Westerners' Representative
(works as the representative for contacts with other Corrals, Posses, and the Home Ranch.)
Fort Worth Westerners' Keeper of the Chips
(does what a treasurer does)
In non-pandemic circumstances, the Corral meets the third Tuesday monthly
(except Jun, Jul, Aug & Dec) at
Ol' South Pancake House
1509 S University Drive
Fort Worth, TX 76107
6 pm Social Time / Dinner
(order from restaurant menu)
7 pm Program
According to the popular modern narrative, Texas cattlemen drove cattle herds from Texas to Kansas up the legendary Chisholm Trail. This trail originated in San Antonio, Texas. Or Brownsville, or Cuero, or Fort Worth, or Kingsville, or several other claimed origins, depending on who tells the story; no one seems to know for sure. Recently-discovered General Land Office surveys document the exact location of the famous Chisholm Trail during its peak years of use as a cattle trail. Did the Chisholm Trail really pass through Fort Worth? Fort Worth Westerners member Wayne Ludwig will address these questions.
Meet Wayne Ludwig
Wayne Ludwig is a Fort Worth native, cattle trails historian, and author of The Old Chisholm Trail: From Cow Path to Tourist Stop (Texas A&M University Press, 2018). He created the Texas Cattle Trails History Group on Facebook and is a member of Western Writers of America, Academy of Western Artists, and Old Trail Drivers Association of Texas. The Old Chisholm Trail was awarded the Elmer Kelton Book of the Year award by the Academy of Western Artists. The book was also named a Finalist for 2018 Most Significant Scholarly Book by the Texas Institute of Letters. Wayne has been a guest speaker at various symposiums and historical association events and instructor for TCU Silver Frogs extended education.