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Branding The Brazos

2 / 3 / 2009

Waco Chisholm Trail Heritage

The Chisholm Trail - the very name conjures up images of cowboys and longhorns. An important part of Texas folklore and history, the Chisholm trail is a big part of Waco's history, too. Through a generous million dollar donation from local businessman Clifton Robinson and his wife, Betsy Robinson, the Waco Cultural Arts Fest is bringing that history to life. Thanks to their financial contribution, life sized sculptures of scenes from a Chisholm Cattle Drive will grace the banks of the Brazos River in Waco. Artist Robert Summer's sculptures promote art in public spaces as well as celebrate our rich history.To learn more about the "Branding the Brazos" CLICK HERE.

Western sculptor Robert Summers has been commissioned to complete the Waco Chisholm Trail Heritage Sculptures. A cowboy sculpture and a nearby bronze longhorn are only the beginning of the Waco Chisholm Trail Heritage sculpture project at Indian Spring Park. Three additional riders on horseback and a total of 25 longhorn cattle are expected to be featured, paying homage to Waco's role along the historic cattle-drive trail. Waco Cultural Arts Fest announced a million dollar challenge grant from Waco philanthropists, Clifton and Betsy Robinson. Their donation will fund The Trail Boss, The Vaquero, and African American Cowboy on horseback accompanied by one longhorn. To complete the trail drive donations are needed for 22 more longhorn sculptures.

  • Sponsorship of a Loghorn: $28,000
  • Or WCAF will accept a donation of any size in contribution to Branding the Brazos.