Us Congressman Lamar Smith was a featured special guest on the famous “Wells Fargo Stagecoach” during the 2015 “Cowboy Capital of World Parade” on Saturday, September 5th. There are only 5 Wells Fargo Stagecoach’s throughout the US and Bandera is fortunate to have had one attend the Celebrate Bandera parade for the past several years. Congressman Smith is an “Honorary Citizen of the City and County of Bandera”, and has attended the Celebrate Bandera event for the past 3 years.
Ambassador Goodley escorted Congressman Smith throughout the city and extended a special invitation to the congressman to attend the celebrate Bandera event in 2016.
Congressman Smith and Ambassador Goodley in Photo
The City of Bandera Installs and Dedicates Historic Town Center Marker on famous 11th Street
The Bandera County Historical Commission (BCHC) sponsored and installed a Texas Historical Commission (THC), Historic Town Center Marker on September 4, 2015. The marker was installed at the towns survey center on the corner of 11th Street and Cedar Street, once known as Main Street in the late 1840s. Special and honored guest was Mary McGroarty. Since the 1970s, it has been Mary’s dream to place a marker at the survey center of Bandera, and she provided documents and research information for the Town Center Marker.
The dedication was opened by Chairman Roy Dugosh. Those that attended included: City of Bandera Mayor John Hegemier, County Commissioner Andy Wilkerson, retired Mayor Don Clark and Mrs. Clark, James McGroarty (Son of Mary McGroarty), Ambassador Elenora Goodley, County Judge Richard Evans, members of the Bandera Cattle Company Gunfighters, and local citizens. Elenora Dugosh Goodley, BCHC Historic Marker Chair
wrote the narrative for the Marker.
Mary McGroarty with bouquet of Yellow Roses
presented to her by the Bandera County Historical Commission.
The Economic Development Corporation in Bandera is sponsoring 3 Old West Cowboy Murals’ to be painted by local artist, Bill Stevens. The First Mural was completed and dedicated on September 3, 2015. A painting of Bandera’s old-timer chuckwagon cowboy and resident, Kelly Scott,
The name of the Mural is “Kelly’s Campfire Coffee”. Kelly was inducted into the Frontier Times Museum “Texas Heroes Hall of Fame” during the 2015 National Day of the American Cowboy. Kelly Scott can be seen on weekends in Bandera with his horse drawn chuckwagon,
offering coffee to tourist.
The Mural is located in Bandera on left side of Highway No. 16 and 12th Street across from the Ice House. Retired Mayor Don Clark offered the side of his building for the mural.
You will see the painting when you drive into Bandera.
Bandera County Historical Commission member David Burell is the project manager for the murals.
Photos by Judith Pennebaker.
The City of Bandera, in partner with the Bandera County Historical Commission and the Bandera County Sister Partnership, put together a historical dedication celebration on Saturday August 30th. The marker dedication was held during the Labor Day Celebrate Bandera event. The “Great Western Cattle Trail” marker was placed next to the “Cowboy Capital of the World” marker to complete the history of the Bandera cowboys and longhorns. Many attended the historic event, including US Congressman Lamar Smith who traveled from Washington D.C. to attend the dedication. Congressman Smith was the Grand Marshall of the Parade, riding on top of the Wells Fargo Stagecoach, one of only twenty Wells Fargo stagecoaches in the USA
Ambassador Elenora Dugosh Goodley planned the dedication: Those attending included: Historical Chairman Roy Dugosh, Bandera Mayor Don R Clark, Bandera County Judge Richard A. Evans, and Celebrate Bandera Chairman Buck Murray, County Sheriff Butts, Bandera Marshall Hicks, and HistoricaL Commission members Annette Schulte and Mary McGroarty Smith.
David Burell, the historian, founder, and first president of the Great Western Cattle Trail Association was honored during the dedication and presented with a bronze statue of a Texas Longhorn. David was honored to ride in the Cowboy Capital Parade with Congressman Smith.
THC Great Western Cattle Trail Story Marker.
Mary E. McGroarty, a dedicated Historian, consultant, and long time member of the Bandera County Historical commission, was honored during the February 13, 2014 Commissioners Court Session for her volunteer work as a member of the Historical Commission from the mid-twentieth century into the twenty-first century. Many of her friends and family attended the special award presentation. Judge Richard A. Evans presented Mary with the Wood Plaque and Commissioner King read the Lifetime achievement Award Certificate. Commissioners Andy Wilkerson Sr., Bobby Harris, and Bob Grimes , Historical Chairman Roy Dugosh, and Co-Chair Elenora Dugosh Goodley also participated in the award presentation.
“CONGRATULATIONS MARY! WE ARE VERY PROUD OF YOU”