The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, the only one of it’s kind, can be found in Fort Worth, Texas. There, recognition and respect is given to the women who “helped settle the frontier to those who continue to live their lives with the grit and determination of the American cowgirl.”
The list of honorees at the National Cowgirl Museum is long with names you would recognize such as Dale Evans and Annie Oakley, author Laura Ingalls Wilder who wrote of her life in the Little House on the Prairie books, Connie Griffith who was one of the world’s greatest trick riders and Narcissa Prentiss Whitman, one of the first two pioneer women to cross the Rocky Mountains.
Women such as Molly Goodnight, who was known to be a kind women who fed passing cowboys. She was also perfectly capable of driving wagons and running the ranch when her husband was away. This visionary couple recognized the open plains of the west were coming to an end. They rounded up herds of buffalo, preserving them from extinction. Molly Goodnight helped found local churches as well as Goodnight College.
Women from all walks of life are honored at the National Cowgirl Museum, pioneers, artists and writers, tribal leaders, the entertainers and the modern ranchers and rodeo cowgirls.
The museum houses an extensive collection of diaries, biographies and historical recollections of western women and over 3,000 rare photographs. This unique resource with it’s collection of books and videos, etc, serves as a research library for western studies.
The National Cowgirl Museum has five galleries of exhibitions featuring western artifacts, photographs and art work, three theaters, a children’s area, research library, gift shop and more.
The museum is located at 1720 Gendy Street in the heart of Fort Worth’s Cultural District.