Frontier tales is focus of Gordon Center talk

Tales from the Trails

Tarleton State University

Monday, October 7, 2013

STEPHENVILLE, Texas—Saddle up for a wild ride at the W.K. Gordon Center when the museum presents “Tales from the Trails,” featuring Margaret Hoogstra, executive director of the Texas Forts Trail Region, at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 20. The talk is free and open to the public.

Hoogstra will tell tales, tall and otherwise, of the wild Texas frontier where explorers, frontiersmen and a few renegades clashed with the land and American Indians. As settlers pushed west, lines of forts were established to protect them. The frontier inched forward, receded as America fought its Civil War and then moved relentlessly westward.

The Texas Forts Trail Region was established in 1968 as part of a statewide tourism initiative and then was re-instituted in 1998. Comprised of 29 counties in Central West Texas, the Forts Trail Region is home to eight frontier forts and a Spanish presidio. 

Hoogstra, a graduate of Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, works with a variety of organizations to increase tourism, foster historic preservation and develop regional leadership. Her professional experience includes marketing, public relations, event planning and fundraising. She and her husband Bill reside in rural Callahan County.

The W.K. Gordon Center is a museum and research facility of Tarleton State University located at Exit 367 on Interstate 20 in Thurber, between Fort Worth and Abilene. Regular hours for the center are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays and 1 to 4 p.m. on Sundays, closed on Mondays. For more information on the Gordon Center, call 254-968-1886 or visit


Tarleton State University
A member of The Texas A&M University System

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