Bandera now official 'Cowboy Capital of the World'
By Judith Pannebaker BCC Editor
Bandera County Historical Commission Marker Chairman Elenora Dugosh Goodley congratulated Billy Southwell, president of the Southwell Company in San Antonio, and his hard-working crew, Martin Reyes and Ruben Vargas. Southwell Company minted the Cowboy Capital of the World historical marker, which will be dedicated in Bandera's Western Trail Heritage Park during "Celebrate Bandera."
Sometimes it takes a city to raise a historical marker as, from left, Frontier Times Museum Executive Director Rebecca Norton, Mayor Don Clark, Bandera County Historical Commission Marker Chairman Elenora Dugosh Goodley, Councilman Maggie Schumacher (behind pole), Bandera County Historical Commission Chairman Roy Dugosh and Mayor Pro Tem John Hegemier, discovered on July 1. The occasion was the delivery of the Cowboy Capital of the World bronze plaque.
It's finally official. According to Elenora Dugosh Goodley, Bandera County Historical Commission marker chairman, Bandera is now The Cowboy Capital of the World.
"We are no longer the 'self-proclaimed' Cowboy Capital of the World," she said on Monday, July 1. "The Texas Legislature saw to it that we are now the official Cowboy Capital of the World" - with a little help from the Texas Historical Commission, that is.
A special Cowboy Capital of the World Marker dedication will take place at 10 am, Saturday August 31, prior to the kickoff to the "Celebrate Bandera" Parade. The public is invited to help celebrate this special historical dedication. The three-day "Celebrate Bandera" is traditionally held during the Labor Day weekend.
In November 2012, members of the Bandera County Historical Commission (BCHC) applied to the Texas Historical Commission (THC) for a "Cowboy Capital of the World" marker, forwarding all documentation.
A year later, after approving the application, the THC sent the Cowboy Capital narrative to the Southwell Company in San Antonio where the plaque was minted. A San Antonio newspaper with a connection to the Cowboy Capital of the World Historical Marker was included in the narrative, which was prepared and written by Goodley.
Billy Southwell, president of the company, and his staff completed the historical marker in record time, ensuring its later dedication and installation in Western Trail Heritage Park on Main Street. After accepting the Cowboy Capital Marker on Monday, July 1, Goodley immediately delivered it to Bandera Mayor Don Clark and members of Bandera City Council.