National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame
The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame is a museum and association which honors women of the American West who have displayed courage or spirit and who have distinguished themselves while exemplifying the pioneer
A settler is a person who has migrated to an area and established permanent residence there, often to colonize the area. Settlers are generally people who take up residence on land and cultivate it, as opposed to nomads...

 spirit. The facility is located in the Cultural District of Fort Worth, Texas
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, USA, adjacent to the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History
Fort Worth Museum of Science and History
The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History is located on 1600 Gendy Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76107 in the city's Cultural District. It was opened in 1945 as the Fort Worth Children's Museum and moved to its current location in 1954. In 1968, the museum adopted its current name...



The museum was begun in the small basement of the library in Hereford
Hereford, Texas
Hereford is a city in Deaf Smith County, Texas, United States. The population was 14,597 at the 2000 census. It is the only incorporated Hereford in the country. It is the county seat of Deaf Smith County....

, the seat of Deaf Smith County in West Texas
West Texas
West Texas is a vernacular term applied to a region in the southwestern quadrant of the United States that primarily encompasses the arid and semi-arid lands in the western portion of the state of Texas....

 by Margaret Clark Formby
Margaret Formby
Margaret Clark Formby was the daughter of southwest Texas ranchers who founded the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame in the basement of the public library in Hereford in Deaf Smith County before she relocated the collection to Fort Worth.Formby was born to Fred and Mabel Clark in Van Horn...

 (1929–2003), wife of the radio broadcaster Clint Formby
Clint Formby
John Clinton Formby, known as Clint Formby , was a veteran radio broadcaster called the "Old Philosopher" based in the small city of Hereford, Texas, the seat of Deaf Smith County in the Texas Panhandle. His daily broadcast ran continuously on his KPAN AM & FM country-music station since October...

. Formby sought for a larger city to take over the exhibits, and Fort Worth won the competition. Formby's husband's uncle was the Texas politician Marshall Formby
Marshall Formby
Marshall Clinton Formby, Jr. , was a Texas attorney, newspaper publisher, radio executive, and a Democratic politician who served a term in the Texas State Senate from District 30 from 1941 to 1945. He was a defender of West Texas interests and entitled a 1962 book, These Are My People...

, a state senator, highway commissioner, and gubernatorial candidate.

Inside the museum

  • The Hall of Fame: Photographs, artifacts, and in-depth information on cowgirls honorees. The center of the building is an empty rotunda
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     propped up by twelve Corinthian columns.

  • "Kinship with the Land": a 15-minute film about the cowgirls' relationship with the land.

  • Connie Reeves Discovery Corral: This is a hands-on play area for children.

  • "Into the Arena": is about the cowgirls who were in the rodeo, from victories to heartaches.

  • "Claiming the Spotlight": The tremendous influence of cowgirls on pop culture: from matinee idols to musicians, from television stars to the cowgirls portrayed in literature and advertising.

  • Jukeboxes
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     with earphonea with ten cowgirl songs, including "My Adobe Hacienda" by Louise Massey and the Westerners.

  • The preceding exhibits are located on the second floor, but traveling exhibits are housed on the first floor to the right of the rotunda. Early in 2010, a cross-section of the art of Georgia O'Keeffe
    Georgia O'Keeffe
    Georgia Totto O'Keeffe was an American artist.Born near Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, O'Keeffe first came to the attention of the New York art community in 1916, several decades before women had gained access to art training in America’s colleges and universities, and before any of its women artists...

    , was on temporary display. The short film The Spirit of the Cowgirl, narrated by Michael Martin Murphey
    Michael Martin Murphey
    Michael Martin Murphey is an American singer-songwriter best known for writing and performing Western music, Country music, and Popular music. A multiple Grammy nominee, Murphey has six gold albums, including Cowboy Songs, the first album of cowboy music to achieve gold status since Gunfighter...

    , is also shown on the first floor.

Hall of Fame honorees

The following people have been honored:

  • Betty Kruse Accomazzo (1983)
  • Anna Lee Aldred
    Anna Lee Aldred
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  • Cornelia Ritchie Wadsworth Bivins
    Teel Bivins
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  • Texas Rose Bascom (1981)
  • Minnie Lou Bradley
    Minnie Lou Bradley
    Minnie Lou Ottinger Bradley is the matriarch of the Bradley 3 Ranch in Childress County in the Texas Panhandle. An inductee of the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame in Fort Worth, she is a trailblazer for women in the field of livestock breeding and ranch management. She is the first woman...

  • Linda Burch (1980)
  • Ann Lowdon Call
    Ann Lowdon Call
    Ann Lowdon Call was a horsewoman and was the 2005 AQHA Select World Champion in Pleasure Driving. She was inducted into the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame in 2005....

  • Willa Cather
    Willa Cather
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  • Patsy Cline
    Patsy Cline
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  • Gail Davis
    Gail Davis
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  • Wantha Davis
    Wantha Davis
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  • Margaret Formby
    Margaret Formby
    Margaret Clark Formby was the daughter of southwest Texas ranchers who founded the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame in the basement of the public library in Hereford in Deaf Smith County before she relocated the collection to Fort Worth.Formby was born to Fred and Mabel Clark in Van Horn...

  • Glenna Goodacre
    Glenna Goodacre
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  • Mary Ann Dyer "Molly" Goodnight
    Charles Goodnight
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  • Ann Seacrest Hanson  (2003)
  • Caroline Lake Quiner Ingalls
    Caroline Ingalls
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  • Martha Josey
    Martha Josey
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  • Enid Justin
    Enid Justin
    Enid Justin , a native of Montague County, Texas, founded the Nocona Boot Company in the small community of Nocona, Texas.-Family life:...

  • Elaine Kramer (2005)
  • Rose Wilder Lane
    Rose Wilder Lane
    Rose Wilder Lane was an American journalist, travel writer, novelist, and political theorist...

  • Tad Lucas (1978)
  • Wilma Mankiller
    Wilma Mankiller
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  • Anne W. Marion (2005)
  • Bonnie McCarroll
    Bonnie McCarroll
    Bonnie McCarroll, born Mary Ellen "Dot" Treadwell , was a champion rodeo performer and bronc rider most remembered for her tragic death at the Pendleton Round-up in Pendleton, Oregon. She also excelled in steer riding, bulldogging, and automobile jumping...

  • Patsy Montana
    Patsy Montana
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  • Esther Hobart Morris
    Esther Hobart Morris
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  • Annie Oakley
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  • Sandra Day O'Connor
    Sandra Day O'Connor
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  • Alice Greenough Orr
    Alice Greenough Orr
    Alice Greenough Orr , a rancher’s daughter in Montana, became an internationally known rodeo performer and organizer who was inducted into the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame in Fort Worth, Texas, and in 2010 the...

  • Margaret Owens (1976)
  • Cynthia Ann Parker
    Cynthia Ann Parker
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  • Lulu Bell Parr (2005)
  • Ruth Roach
    Ruth Roach
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  • Dale Evans Rogers
  • Sacagawea
    Sacagawea ; was a Lemhi Shoshone woman, who accompanied the Lewis and Clark Expedition, acting as an interpreter and guide, in their exploration of the Western United States...

  • Georgie Sicking (1989)
  • Velda Tindall Smith  (2003)
  • Carrie Ingalls Swanzey (1984)
  • Sheila Varian
    Sheila Varian
    Sheila Varian is a breeder of Arabian horses who lives and works at the Varian Arabians Ranch near Arroyo Grande, California. She grew up with a strong interest in horses, and was mentored in horsemanship by Mary "Sid" Spencer, a local rancher and Morgan horse breeder who also introduced Varian to...

  • Laura Ingalls Wilder
    Laura Ingalls Wilder
    Laura Elizabeth Ingalls Wilder was an American author who wrote the Little House series of books based on her childhood in a pioneer family...

  • Jan Youren
    Jan Youren
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