Fort Worth Westerners

Corral, Westerners International

The Corral meets the third Tuesday each month at 7 PM online via Zoom for a one-hour history presentation.

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. Pay your dues online or by mailing us a check. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and all contributions are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law.

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.

Bob Saul
Fort Worth Westerners' Sheriff
(does what a president does)

Phillip Williams
Fort Worth Westerners' Representative
(works as the representative for contacts with other Corrals, Posses, and the Home Ranch.)

Richard Robinson
Fort Worth Westerners' Keeper of the Chips
(does what a treasurer does)

May 21, 2024
Sylvia Gann Mahoney

May 21, 2024: Sylvia Gann Mahoney, "Weaving West Texas History to see the Big Picture: Great Western Trail"

"Weaving West Texas History to see the Big Picture: Great Western Trail"

In 2024, the Great Western Trail is celebrating its 150th anniversary. Looking back from the perspective of 150 years by connecting historical events happening at the same time in the same location, the panhandle of Texas, history becomes more focused, more understandable. The root causes of the socioeconomic volatility on the high plains gives apparent answers to why south Texas rancher John T Lytle initiated the Great Western Trail in 1874 to drive 3,500 longhorns to Nebraska for a humanitarian purpose to Sioux Chief Red Cloud and his tribe of 10,000 with General George Armstrong Custer signing for the herd.

Why did John T. Lytle trail through the Red River War area, toxic panhandle area of Texas where buffalo hunters, Comanches, Kiowa, Cheyenne, and the US military were destined to stage the last stand of the Lords of the Plains? The big picture comes into focus answering many historical questions.

Meet Sylvia Gann Mahoney

Sylvia Gann Mahoney is the author of two books: Finding the Great Western Trail (TTU Press) and College Rodeo: From Show to Sport (Texas A&M Press). She was the 2023-2024 president of the West Texas Historical Association, the second oldest Texas historical association; a founder and the first executive director of the Western Heritage Museum & Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame; NMJC rodeo coach; and Western Junior College Athletic Hall of Fame inductee. She was co-chair of "Marking the Great Western Trail from Mexico to Canada" for Rotary, and taught literature, research, and writing for 33 years in public schools and colleges in New Mexico and Texas.

Prior programs