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This summer, picture yourself at ‘Lonesome Dove’

An exhibit of stunning photographs taken by Bill Wittliff during the filming of the “Lonesome Dove” miniseries opens Monday, July 10, and runs through Saturday, Aug. 19, in the lobby of Southlake Town Hall. We’ll also have a reception — watch here for details.

The photographs come from the famed Wittliff Collections at Texas State University in San Marcos. The exhibit is sponsored by Humanities Texas.

The name Lonesome Dove links the book/miniseries to Southlake. Titles were important to author Larry McMurtry. After seeing the words Lonesome Dove Baptist Church on the side of an old church bus, he was inspired to use the name — and at long last finish his novel. (McMurtry saw the bus on his way home from Ranchman’s steakhouse in Ponder.)

“Lonesome Dove” is fiction, but Texas history inspired McMurtry’s depiction of some people and events in the book.

The Lonesome Dove miniseries stars Robert Duvall as Augustus McCrae (right) and Tommy Lee Jones as Woodrow Call (left). The Oscar-winning actors portray aging Texas Rangers who lead an epic cattle drive from Texas to Montana in the late 1800s.
“Gus and Call on the Mesa,”
© 1988, Bill Wittliff.

Crooked Lane at Southlake Boulevard in the 1960s.
Courtesy of C.M. Gordon family

The Southlake Historical Society is dedicated to archiving historical materials, gathering oral history interviews, presenting exhibits that showcase the events and lives of folks who came before us and working to preserve and protect Southlake’s history.

The society meets at 3 p.m. on the second Monday of each month. If you would like to join us, please email southlakehistory@gmail.com.

Winner, 2021 AASLH
Leadership in History Award for the “Bob and Almeady Chisum Jones: A True Story of Resilience, Courage and Success” exhibit.
Winner, 2013 Corey Award recognizing primarily volunteer-operated historical organizations that best display the qualities of vigor, scholarship and imagination in their work.
Recipient of the 2021 William E. Jary, Jr. Memorial Award given in recognition of exceptional efforts in preserving or collecting the history of Fort Worth and Tarrant County.
Winner, 2021 Award of Excellence in Preserving History for the “Bob and Almeady Chisum Jones: A True Story of Resilience, Courage and Success” exhibit.

Do you have history in Southlake?
We invite you to tell your story!