Follow The Lonesome Dove Trail to Events as Big as the American West

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On February 5, 1989, one of the most stirring Westerns in history was first broadcast on CBS.  Larry McMurtry’s Lonesome Dove miniseries not only garnered huge ratings, but won seven Emmy Awards, a Peabody Award for Outstanding Achievement in Drama and two Golden Globes…one for Best Miniseries and one for Best Actor in a Miniseries (Robert Duvall).  The story itself was unforgettable, with its focus on the friendship and loyalty of several aging ex-Texas Rangers who drove cattle from Lonesome Dove, Texas to Montana.

The Lonesome Dove Trail was created to remember both the six-hour miniseries and the locations highlighted in the novel.  There are a number of ways to trace the path of the Lonesome Dove story, from its beginnings as a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel to the original movie script, to the miniseries.  In 2016, Lonesome Dove aficionados will be treated to numerous events in the Fort Worth area, from panel discussions with the cast and crew to rare photographs taken during the production of the miniseries.

Here are some of the events happening in spring, 2016 that will wow seniors and others who remember the American West of Lonesome Dove:

Lonesome Dove: The Art of Story

Sid Richardson Museum

January 15 – June 19, 2016

309 Main Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76107

Phone: 817-332-6554

The original movie script, works from the Lonesome Dove production archives and many American West paintings and bronzes by the likes of Remington and Russell are displayed. Admission is free.

Bullets and Bustles: Costumes of Lonesome Dove

National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame

February 19-April 17, 2016

1720 Gendy Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76107

Phone: 817-336-4475

Many of the series’ authentic costumes are displayed, as well as memorable props, photographs and other important items.  Museum admission fee is $8 for adults over 60.

Photographs from Lonesome Dove by Bill Wittliff

Cattle Raisers Museum

February 19-April 17, 2016

Located inside the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History

1600 Gendy Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76107

Phone: 817 332-8551

Lonesome Dove producer and screenwriter Bill Wittliff’s photos—taken during production—are magnificent.  Museum admission is $13 for adults over 65.

Lonesome Dove: Highlights of the Wittliff Collections

The Old Jail Art Center, Albany, Texas

April 30 – July 23, 2016

201 South 2nd Street, Albany, TX  76430 Phone: 325 762-2269

An extraordinary exhibit featuring Lonesome Dove costumes, props, photographs, and costumes just 2 ½ hours from Fort Worth. Admission is free.


Panel discussions and reunions with the Lonesome Dove Cast and Crew were held during March at the Bass Performance Hall; these events were sell-outs. Among those present were Robert Duvall, Tommy Lee Jones, Ricky Schroder, Danny Glover and Chris Cooper.  Another event (already held) was “The Women of Lonesome Dove” with Anjelica Huston and Diane Lane.

Events on the Lonesome Dove Trail are presented by Texas State University, where the Lonesome Dove Production Archive is permanently held at the Wittliff Collections at Texas State University-San Marcos.  Part of the Wittliff Collection is available to view online.

The Lonesome Dove Trail events are ideal for seniors who eagerly watched the miniseries.  Homecare Assistance of Fort Worth is all about helping seniors create memories and enjoy life.  Beyond in-home care, we can plan outings for your senior and take advantage of all the Fort Worth area has to offer.


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