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... and the sun sets in the west on the Great Western Cattle Trail Convention


The people who made the GWCTA conference a success, from left to right were: Bruce Shackelford, Antique Road Show historian, author and scholar; Sylvia Gan Mahoney, author and historian; Ray Carter, president of local chapter of GWCTA; Elinora Dugosh Goodley, Bandera County’s special ambassador to Poland; Dr. Frank Norris, nationally recognized historian from the US Department of Interior; Dr. Stuart Rosebrook, senior editor for True West Magazine and scholar; Roy Dugosh, chairman of the BCHC; and Patricia Moore, executive director of the Bandera County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Ray Carter, president of the South Texas Chapter of the Great Western Cattle Trail Association welcomed guests and locals for a social event at Western Trail Antiques Thursday, Aug. 3, to kick off the association’s conference. There was plenty of good food, good entertainment and Southern hospitality.

The South Texas Chapter of GWCTA was “ignited and united” in purpose at the opening meeting of the association’s national convention. There were not enough members of the national committee to constitute a quorum, but plenty of enthusiasm to host an outstanding conference for all who attended. Elenora Dugosh Goodley lifts her arm and shouts “Yeehaw!” in an unabashed outburst of enthusiasm. Others present: Kimberly Woerner, Nancy Doyle, Roy Dugosh, Patricia Moore, former president of the GWCTA Mike Muirhead, and Rebeca Norton.