Did you know that Fort Worth is the home of The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame? This museum honors and celebrates women, past and present, “whose lives exemplify the courage, resilience, and independence that helped shape the American West, and fosters an appreciation of the ideals and spirit of self-reliance they inspire.”
The thing is, the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame is unique. It’s the only museum in the world that specifically honors women of the American West. But, true to Texas style, the museum goes big. It includes interactive exhibits, more than 4000 artifacts of the Old West, a traveling exhibit gallery, two theaters, a gift shop, a research library, and archives featuring information on more than 750 pioneering women ‒‒ and not just in the Frontier days.
Hall of Fame honorees includes pioneer women like Lizzie Johnson Williams, who broke the gender barrier in cattle ranching, but it also includes writers like Frances Kavanaugh, one of the only women screenwriters to write western movie scripts back in the days of Lash LaRue and Hoot Gibson; entertainers like Shirley Lucas Jauregui, a regular in cinema and fashion in the 1940s; and some famous names such as Sacagawea, Georgia O’Keeffe, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Annie Oakley, and U. S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.
Also be sure to check out the artifacts, ranging from belt buckles and bandannas to vintage photos, rare books, saddles, costumes, and more. The museum is housed in the heart of Fort Worth’s Cultural District, near the Kimbell Art Museum, the Modern Art Museum, the Amon Carter Museum, the Museum of Science and History, and the Will Rogers Memorial Center.