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¡Viva Los Vaqueros!
by Coy Slavik
Jul 06, 2012 | 2296 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
“Vaquero: Genesis of the Texas Cowboy” will be on exhibit at Goliad State Park through July 31.
“Vaquero: Genesis of the Texas Cowboy” will be on exhibit at Goliad State Park through July 31.
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GOLIAD - You won’t find any vintage photos of John Wayne riding off into the sunset or Roy Rogers crooning by a campfire.

The images found in Bill Wittliff’s photo collection at Goliad State Park are of cowboys rarely seen on the silver screen.

“Vaquero: Genesis of the Texas Cowboy” features 62 carbon prints taken by Wittliff while visiting a Northern Mexico ranch during the early 1970’s. The exhibit officially opens Sunday and will continue through July 31.

“He observed some vaqueros down there who really working in the old way,” said Goliad State Park Ranger Beth Ellis, who will be one of four interpreters guiding visitors through the exhibit.

Ellis said the exhibit is especially relevant to the area because vaqueros were prevalent at the Espiritu Santo mission.

“It was too dry here to grow crops, so they concentrated on cattle ranching,” Ellis said. “Some of the Indians living here ended up being cowboys. Places like this saw some of the first of that true cowboy - vaquero - tradition.”

The exhibit is presented in partnership with Humanities Texas.

For information, call Goliad State Park at 645-3405.
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