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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Learn About Longhorns on the Great Western Trail

By Will Cradduck, Herd Manager, Fort Griffin State Historic Site

As the grass greens and the wildflowers bloom along the Great Western Trail, the Official State of Texas Longhorn Herd and herd manager Will Cradduck are on the trail again, traveling to a number of events. Meet us on the trail for an opportunity to see steers from the state herd at Fort Griffin, hear about historic frontier and ranching life and trailing Texas cattle in 1870, and be a part of historic reenactments and events.


We’ve already participated in several events so far, including Pioneer Days in Paducah on March 12 and Fort McKavett’s West Texas Heritage Days on March 23-24. Upcoming events include Hardin-Simmons University’s Western Heritage Day in Abilene on April 12 and Fort Richardson’s Living History Event in Jacksboro on April 13-14.


Check out the Fort Griffin event calendar for more events this summer, and come see us on the Great Western Trail at Fort Griffin! If you’d like to schedule a group guided tour of the longhorn herd and Fort Griffin, please call 325.762.2356 at least two weeks in advance. 

Fort Griffin State Historic Site is located 15 miles north of Albany on U.S. Hwy 283, in the Texas Forts Trail Region.

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