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Time Warner Cable News' Russell Wilde is Wilde About Texas. Join Russell each Thursday as he travels throughout the state visiting the people and places that make Texas unique. Do you have an idea for our next Wilde About Texas? Send it to us by clicking here.

The Cowboy Capital of the World

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Almost anywhere you look in Bandera you’ll see their cowboy pride.

The city’s place on the Western Cattle Trail ensured that the town’s rodeos were always competitive.

Bandera is home to several rodeo legends many of whom are honored at the Frontier Times Museum.

“We celebrated our 80th anniversary last year,” Rebecca Norton with the Frontier Times Museum said.

The museum began as a collection of interesting items.

“J. Marvin Hunter was a newspaper man and a storyteller. He published the Frontier Times Magazine,” Norton said.

Readers would send in stories often time accompanied with artifacts.

“It looks very much the way it did when it opened. It’s what we call a cabinet of curiosity,” Norton said.

That means almost anywhere you look you’ll find something unexpected, including a petrified squirrel that a donor found in her attic.

“The building is its own artifact,” Norton said. “It’s made out of native limestone that was gathered here in the hills around Bandera.”

The museum is also home to the Texas Heroes Hall of Honor, where they recognize people who 'help keep Texas, Texan'.

Later this month the museum will celebrate the National Day of the Cowboy with a rodeo, longhorn races and the fastest horse in Texas competition.

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