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Young Texan Don Weidner saw Jimmy Dean at the Sam Houston Coliseum in 1964.

Young Texan Don Weidner saw Jimmy Dean at the Sam Houston Coliseum in 1964.

By Amy Ahlbrand Robinson

Houstonians who grew up in the 1950s and ’60s loved the Rodeo, the Fat Stock Show, and especially Go Texan Day. Wearing cowboy hats, Western shirts, and Have Gun – Will Travel boots to school was an exciting time for mid-century Texans.

“It was a big deal!” recalls Dawn Demeris. “Everyone dressed up. The more stuff you had, the better. I wore a hat, skirt, vest, snap blouse, red bandana, boots and a holster with fake guns.”

Lucky cowboys and cowgirls even got to ride horses. Mary Finger remembers, “I rode in the Salt Grass Trail for four years. Through rain and cold, with my dad meeting me at the end of each day in our station wagon — where I slept all four nights, every year!”

Horses, bolo ties, hats, blue jeans, Dale Evans’ skirts and Roy Rogers’ vests made this time of the year almost as fun as Halloween. And, for one day of the year, we looked like the entire world’s idea of a REAL Texan.

Chris Alexander wearing his Davy Crockett shirt to kindergarten at Garden Villas Elementary in 1955.

Chris Alexander wearing his Davy Crockett shirt to kindergarten at Garden Villas Elementary in 1955.

Amy Hollingsworth Birney and her brothers, Mike and Matt, dressed as cowpokes in 1966.

Amy Hollingsworth Birney and her brothers, Mike and Matt, dressed as cowpokes in 1966.

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