Texas Brazos Trail Region

Participant in the Texas Historical Commission's
Texas Heritage Trails Program

Branding the Brazos

Situated along the scenic banks of the Brazos River, Waco grew as a result of the cotton industry. After turbulent timesduring the Civil War, cattlemen helped revive the city with cattledrives along the Chisholm Trail. They moved their herds acrossthe wide Brazos River, using a single-span suspension bridgethat was one of the largest of its time.

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.  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.  Currently there are around 10-15 longhorn sculptures along the river and one cowboy and horse.

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