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)

June 15, 2021
David Beyreis

June 15, 2021: David Beyreis, "Blood in the Borderlands: Conflict, Kinship, and the Bent Family, 1829-1849"

"Blood in the Borderlands: Conflict, Kinship, and the Bent Family, 1829-1849"

For almost twenty years the Bents were one of the most powerful families in the southern plains and Southwest borderlands. From an adobe trading post on the Arkansas River and mercantile establishments in Taos and Santa Fe, their company engaged in the bison robe and fur trades, business on the Santa Fe Trail, and more shadowy enterprises like liquor trading and smuggling. Traditionally celebrated as rugged individualists and forerunners of Manifest Destiny, the Bent brothers were, in reality, heavily reliant on the family ties they forged across racial and cultural lines. Alliances with the Southern Cheyennes and New Mexican federalists were essential to family's success in the region. Simultaneously, however, the success the Bents experienced laid the groundwork for the violence and chaos that upended their business in the late 1840s. Ironically, American expansion dealt the final blow to the fortunes of Bent, St. Vrain and Company.

Meet David Beyreis

David Beyreis is a historian of the Great Plains and North American borderlands, and a member of the Fort Worth Westerners. He is the author of Blood in the Borderlands: Conflict, Kinship, and the Bent Family, 1821-1920 and articles in Montana: The Magazine of Western History, Kansas History, and The Journal of the Early Republic. His work has received a Wrangler Western Heritage Award from the National Cowboy Museum and Western Heritage Museum and was a finalist for the Western Writers of America's Spur Award. His current research focuses on intercultural diplomacy on the northern plains during the nineteenth century. He received his PhD from the University of Oklahoma and currently teaches history at Ursuline Academy of Dallas.