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)

November 16, 2021
Gary Pinkerton

November 16, 2021: Gary Pinkerton, "Trammel's Trace: The First Road to Texas from the North"

"Trammel's Trace: The First Road to Texas from the North"

Trammel's Trace: The First Road to Texas from the North is the history of a 200-year-old road and its role in early smuggling and migration into Texas beginning in the early 1800s. Both the trail and its namesake, Nicholas Trammell, are the subject of his research. This award-winning work was published in 2016 by Texas A&M University Press (more at Praise for Trammel's Trace has been broad. The president of the Texas Historical Foundation said, "through research, countless presentations to local historical organizations, and one-on-one education of landowners, he has reconnected Trammel's Trace and brought the historic pathway back into current consciousness." As a result of his research and his efforts to educate others about the old road, the Stone Fort Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas erected a five-foot granite marker for Trammel's Trace in Nacogdoches in 2018.

Meet Gary Pinkerton

Gary Pinkerton has a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from the University of Houston and a bachelor's degree in social work and psychology from Texas A&M University-Commerce. As an independent researcher and HR consultant, he contributes to diverse projects. He is a member of the Editorial Board for the East Texas Historical Association. His work also appears in the online Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture, the online Handbook of Texas, The Texas Historic Sites Atlas of the Texas Historical Commission, and The Portal to Texas History. His current work is a look at the contraband culture of Spanish East Texas from 1770 through 1813, a period called the "the last Spanish episode of the Texas drama."

His second book, True Believers: Treasure Hunters at Hendricks Lake, is the story of people who believed a Texas treasure legend enough to search for it. Houston oilmen, a Carthage TV repairman, some tough Texas lawmen, and an MIT-educated electrical engineer are just some of the men who believed the treasure legend of Hendricks Lake in east Texas enough to search for silver there. W.C. Jameson, the author of The Lost Canyon of Gold, says, "This book is a compelling history artfully wrought by an excellent writer with an intimate connection to the land and the people." Pinkerton and the legend are featured in the premiere episode of Beyond Oak Island, a new series on The History Channel. The book is available from the author at his website at