Advocate Editorial Board opinion: Opening of new attraction will benefit all

By the Advocate Editorial Board
Dec. 3, 2013 at 6:03 a.m.

Texas' heritage is a story of struggle, strength and endurance. For hundreds of years, the people who have lived in the land that eventually became this great state have faced hardships and challenges while working to make this land their home.

Ranching and cattle drives have become synonymous with Texas after the long history of raising livestock in this state. One of the most famous names associated with cattle drives is the Chisholm Trail, which was the route that led from Texas to the Kansas railheads that could transport livestock across the country. The Crossroads' history is part of the history of the Chisholm Trail, and that legacy is being honored in the Chisholm Trail Heritage Museum in Cuero.

Robert Oliver, the chairman of the museum, spent 14 years working toward the grand opening of this museum. Oliver led the charge as he and hundreds of volunteers raised $6.2 million for the project, planned it out and acquired artifacts. This is an impressive dedication to an important part of the history of the Crossroads, and we applaud Oliver for his efforts. The museum's grand opening Nov. 23 was an exciting event that brought visitors and publicity to the location. We hope the museum will become an important, treasured part of both the Cuero community and the Crossroads in general.

The Crossroads is already home to some great museums that focus on the history and heritage of the area. The Museum of the Coastal Bend at Victoria College and Goliad's Presidio La Bahia are just two of the locations that offer glimpses into the area's past for visitors, along with numerous historical markers scattered throughout the Crossroads. Now, the Chisholm Trail Heritage Museum can join the lineup of historical tourism attractions. Visitors will have a chance to appreciate artifacts of the cowboy culture and lifestyle as well as the "Horsemen of the Americas - Tinker Collection," on loan from University of Texas at Austin and the Colt Model 1877 revolver once fired by notorious outlaw John Wesley Hardin, on loan from the Kurt House Collection.

We are proud and excited to see this latest addition to the Crossroads' network of museums. Our rich history is a thing to be treasured and celebrated, and we are proud to see citizens like Oliver working to offer ways to educate visitors and future generations about the history and heritage of our region. Well done to everyone who put in effort to make this museum a reality. We look forward to seeing it continue to grow and develop as the years go by.

This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.



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