Polk County Enterprise (Livingston, Tex.), Vol. 124, No. 5, Ed. 1 Sunday, January 15, 2006 Page: 47 of 60
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Andy Daugherty (left) and Larry Huffman pose with
Cypress Gunpowder, last year's national champion.
spectators to the national championship.
Trains still rumble through town, but nowa-
days bird dog devotees arrive by car or truck.
Many stop to visit the National Bird Dog Muse-
um, which honors more than 40 pointing, flush-
ing and retrieving breeds and houses the Field
Trial Hall of Fame and Wildlife Heritage Center.
Officials say Grand Junction was the natural
location for the museum because the Ames Plan-
tation is only a few miles away, it’s not far from
waterfowl hunting along the Mississippi River
flyway, and the area has a long-standing tradi-
tion of hosting quail hunting competitions.
“The first recorded field trial was in the
Memphis, Tenn., area in 1874," says Garette
Lockee, 82, of nearby LaGrange, Tenn., a found-
ing member of the Bird Dog Foundation, which
opened the museum in 1991-
Garette and Wilson Dunn, owner of a local
sporting goods store, donated 4.5 acres of land
for the museum in 1988 and Dunn's origi-
nal display of field trial memorabilia was the
nucleus of the museum’s present-day collection
of paintings, photographs, trophies and bird
hunting accessories, now displayed in a 25,000-
The exhibits provide a glimpse into a tradi-
tion that has made Grand Junction the place
where bird dog devotees gather each February
to watch the nation's top dogs pursue bobwhite
quail—and the national championship—just as
they've done for more than a century.
The 107th National Field Trial Champion-
ship begins Feb. 13. Visit www.amesplanta-
tion.org or www.birddogfoundation.com for
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White, Barbara. Polk County Enterprise (Livingston, Tex.), Vol. 124, No. 5, Ed. 1 Sunday, January 15, 2006, newspaper, January 15, 2006; Livingston, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth788146/m1/47/: accessed November 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Livingston Municipal Library.