The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 60, July 1956 - April, 1957 Page: 153
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probable that the old cowhands ever elected a "trail queen"
for any of their drives, the honor was fittingly accorded eighty-
seven-year-old Mrs. John D. Gibbons of San Antonio, whose
late husband went up the trail several times and left many vivid
stories of his experiences as a cowman.
Trailing northward from San Antonio to Austin, the caravan
made short stops at New Braunfels and San Marcos which set
the pattern for the tour. High spirit and frontier camaraderie
marked the progress of the trail drivers, who successfully com-
municated their Western exuberance to the local groups that
met them at each of the stops on the route to Red River. One
observer remarked that the caravan's fiddlers put real life into
such tunes as "Turkey in the Straw" and "Arkansas Traveler"
as the colorfully dressed men and women danced in the streets,
and that Red River Dave did a much better job of singing "The
Old Chisholm Trail" than the old-time cowboys could have done.
Participation in the festivities at the stop points was not one-
sided, however. In San Marcos, Dr. Claude Elliott of Southwest
Texas State College, and a former president of the Association,
led a delegation which greeted the booted and bonneted travelers
and distributed historical pamphlets relating to San Marcos and
early trail driving. In Austin Governor Allan Shivers met the
party on the south terrace of the State Capitol, where Humble's
"Texas in Review" television camera crew, who accompanied the
caravan to Waco, recorded the meeting on film. Mr. Walter Long,
who had headed the Austin party that met the caravan at the
south city limits, spoke briefly on the route of the Chisholm
Trail in the Austin vicinity.
During lunch in Austin the trail drivers noticed the light
showers that began to fall and shared the general elation of
Central Texas at the drought-breaking rainfall, reacting much
as their nineteenth century counterparts on the trail might have
done under similar circumstances. Later, on the road again, the
intermittent showers and mildly overcast skies only slightly
dampened the spirit of the trail drivers, and then only because
the unwonted moisture prevented brief, unscheduled stops in
some of the smaller towns north of Austin. A few miles before
Belton, however, a threatening black cloud developed in the
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 60, July 1956 - April, 1957, periodical, 1957; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101163/m1/170/: accessed December 15, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.