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Trail Drivers of Texas mosey over to Round Rock campus

Date of Release: 07/27/2006

ROUND ROCK — The Texas State University Round Rock Higher Education Center will play host to Rising to the Stars: The Trail Drivers of Texas 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 26 for a day of discovery, dialog and celebration.

Co-sponsored by the Williamson County Historical Museum, the day-long event will underscore and celebrate the significant impact of the great trail drives of the 1800’s with regard to the historical, geographical, economic, social and cultural development of Texas and the United States of America.

The event will start off with an authentic chuckwagon breakfast on campus, followed by panel discussions, period music, book signings and a catered lunch. Featured guests include Don Graham, author of Kings of Texas, trail boss Judge Don Higginbothem, Connie Todd, who will discuss the making of Lonesome Dove, Jim Dillard, who will discuss cattle driving families of Williamson County, and Ray Bender, who will discuss the economics, geography, motivations and markets which fueled the great cattle drives.

Advance registration prior to Aug. 15 is $25 for general admission, $15 for students. After that, admission costs are $35 and $15.

For additional information, call (512) 716-4000 or contact John Garcia, RRHEC, at (512) 716-4553 or via email at, or Chris Dyer, director, Williamson County Historical Museum, at (512) 943-1670 or via email at