Fun Spot: The National Cowgirl Museum in Texas

The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, Texas© 2009 Rhonda Hole/Cowgirl Hall of FameTwelve murals in the rotunda showcase the lives of some of the most noted women of the American West. Among the Hall of Fame inductees is former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.

1720 Gendy St., Fort Worth, Texas

Golden girls of the golden West, all trailblazers in their own way, have a new building in which their achievements are honored. Almost 200 women, including U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, who is as comfortable in a saddle as she is on the bench, are in the Hall of Fame. Each year four to six women get the nod to enter the hall.

Bona fide ranch women, as well as more famous entertainers, rodeo competitors, artists, and writers, get their due here. Dale Evans and her stuntwoman, Alice Van Springsteen, are in the hall. The first pioneer woman to cross the Rockies, Narcissa Prentiss Whitman, and eight-time world-champion cowgirl Tad Lucas all possess the grit and spirit that make a true cowgirl.

The museum began in a library basement in Hereford and has made the move to Fort Worth’s Western Heritage Center in the Cultural District. Housed in a 33,000-square-foot building, the word “Cowgirls” is emblazoned across one side and an impressive rotunda contains the women’s stories.

You’ll find interactive exhibits, with listening stations telling about how committed a cowgirl has to be. And for wannabe cowgirls and their sidekicks wanting to experience a simulated wild ride in a Wild West show, a bronco is raring to go.

Open daily year-round except winter holidays. Admission charged.

(817) 336-4475

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