The Waggoner Room: A History of Ranching in North Texas

When W.T. Waggoner was just a lad, he and his father set about on an adventure that would end with a ranching empire of well over 500,000 acres of Texas land, covering parts of six counties. Although this room certainly is a history lesson in ranching, it is much more. It not only tells the story of a determined father and son team and a mighty Texas family, it exhibits fine paintings and the sculpture of Electra Waggoner Biggs, hand crafted parade saddles, weapons of the plains and gifts presented to Mr. Waggoner by his long time friend, Quanah Parker, the last great chief of the Comanches. The room is presided over by the quintessential cowboy, wearing classic articles of the Texas range.. seen today as well as over 100 years ago.
Thistle Hill, a book by Roze McCoy Porter about the Fort Worth home of the daughter of W. T. Waggoner, is available in the museum giftshop.

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