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Margaret Pease Harper

Margaret founded the Texas Panhandle Heritage Foundation and was the driving force behind the creation of the musical drama, Texas, performed each year against the backdrop of Palo Duro Canyon. A Minnesota native, she came to Texas by way of teaching assignments in Arizona and Peru. This teacher-turned-author and playwright also co-founded the Lone Star...

Mamie Francis Hafley

Mamie thrilled audiences with her daredevil act of riding her horse off a fifty-foot-high platform into a barrel of water just ten feet across. Between 1908 and 1917, she performed this stunt 628 times. She also performed as a sharpshooter, before and after the years of her diving act. Mamie learned to shoot as a...

Mamie Sypert Burns

From 1942 until 1965, Mamie reigned as First Lady of the Pitchfork ranch, one of Texas’ oldest and largest ranches. Raised in Houston under the tutelage of her aunts, she brought a new dimension to the ranch with her sophistication and expectations. Prepared more for high society than ranch life, marriage brought her to West...

“Texas Rose” Bascom

Rose was a professional trick roper, trick rider and movie actress. Known as the “Queen of the Trick Ropers,” she learned to ride and rope from Pearl Elder and, after marrying Weldon Bascom, spent thirteen years performing in rodeos. Her act took her to Hollywood, where she performed on stage and in movies. She toured...
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