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Lonesome Dove: Celebrating 25 Years In Fort Worth

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Updated: 2 December 2016
Lonesome Dove, an acclaimed western TV miniseries, debuted 25 years ago to an estimated 26 million viewers. Adapted by Bill Wittliff from Larry McMurtry’s 1985 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Lonesome Dove became a favorite among Texans who appreciated the salty wit and grit of the characters.

The cattle drive from the Rio Grande to Montana was an epic portrayal of the hardships cattlemen encountered to reach their paradise. But the wisdom gained from the relationship between two retired Texas Rangers — Captain Augustus ‘Gus’ McCrae (Robert Duvall) and Captain Woodrow F. Call (Tommy Lee Jones) — is quite possibly the most amusing and respectful friendship of all time.

Lonesome Dove is a right of passage for any individual who desires to call Texas home. The expressions revealed by the amazing cast of characters are legendary and have become an inspirational and unique code for life. To celebrate the silver anniversary of the premier of Lonesome Dove, Fort Worth is currently hosting a six-month celebration of the iconic miniseries.

Exhibitions from the Lonesome Dove Production Archive are on display in area museums such as the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, the Cattle Raisers Museum, the National Cowgirls Museum and Hall of Fame, and the Sid Richardson Museum. Additionally, events are featured at the Fort Worth Library and Texas Christian University. The River Ranch at the Fort Worth Stockyards will host a star-studded reunion gala at the end of March to pay homage to this production legend. All of these events are presented by Texas State University in San Marcos to benefit the Wittliff Tomorrow Fund and The Wittliff Collections. So slide on your boots and saunter on over to Fort Worth and see how this iconic story is currently being celebrated in a Texas-sized way.

‘The only healthy way to live life is to learn to like all the little everyday things, like a sip of good whiskey in the evening, a soft bed, a glass of buttermilk, or a feisty gentleman like myself.’ – Captain Augustus ‘Gus’ McCrae.