80R15927 MMS-D
  By: Bohac H.C.R. No. 151
  Substitute the following for H.C.R. No. 151:
  By:  Hilderbran C.S.H.C.R. No. 151
         WHEREAS, The State of Texas boasts a richly diverse cultural
  heritage, and through the years it has adopted a number of tangible
  representations of that heritage as official symbols; and
         WHEREAS, For nearly a century, the cowboy boot has enjoyed a
  special status as one of the most treasured of Texas icons; and
         WHEREAS, Although riding boots date back for centuries, and
  although ranches first appeared in Texas during the Spanish
  colonial era, the basic pattern of the cowboy boot was forged in the
  crucible of the post-Civil War trail drives; between 1866 and 1890,
  mounted cowboys drove millions of head of Texas cattle to northern
  and western markets along such famous trails as the Chisholm,
  Western, and Goodnight-Loving; and
         WHEREAS, Boot makers in Texas and Kansas responded to
  suggestions from those cowboys regarding the design of their
  footwear, and a slimmer boot with a higher heel, more rounded toe,
  and rounded, reinforced instep began to be developed; and
         WHEREAS, During the course of the 20th century, cowboy boots
  gained a mass appeal that ultimately extended to foreign lands;
  this popularity was driven by an enthusiasm for the West that was
  fostered in the 1920s and 1930s by radio shows and movie serials and
  in the post-World War II decades by rodeos and dude ranches; the
  public's fascination with cowboys and their apparel has also been
  fired by movie screen idols such as Tom Mix, by entertainers such as
  Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, and Dale Evans, and, in recent years, by
  movies such as Urban Cowboy and Silverado; and
         WHEREAS, The lore of the cowboy boot is replete with the names
  of Texas boot makers who have contributed to the emergence of that
  boot as a distinct type, as well as to the continuing development of
  their craft; one of the most influential of the early boot makers
  was H. J. "Big Daddy Joe" Justin, who set up a boot repair shop in
  Spanish Fort, just off the Chisholm Trail in Montague County, in
  1879; within a decade, Mr. Justin became one of the first to offer
  cowboy boots by mail order; and
         WHEREAS, Other Texas boot makers whose businesses gained
  national prominence were Mr. Justin's daughter, Enid Justin
  Steltzer, who established the Nocona Boot Company in Nocona in
  1925, Sam Lucchese, who founded the Lucchese Boot and Shoe Factory
  in San Antonio in 1883, and Tony Lama, who began with a shoe repair
  shop in El Paso in 1912; and
         WHEREAS, Smaller establishments also hold an honored place in
  the annals of the cowboy boot; in 2002, more than 100 cowboy-boot
  makers were plying their trade in this state, many of them revered
  by connoisseurs who were willing to wait for periods of a year or
  more for a custom pair; these artisans were making boots for
  everyone from working cowboys to sports and entertainment
  celebrities and heads of state; and
         WHEREAS, While they hew to a basic form, cowboy boots have
  evolved into an amazingly versatile article; fashioned with a
  variety of toe and heel styles, types of leather, and
  embellishment, they can be worn today on virtually any occasion; so
  remarkable has been their diversity that they have been the subject
  of several coffee-table books and at least two exhibitions: "These
  Boots Are Made for Gawking," at the Grace Museum in Abilene, and
  "Heels and Toes and Everything Goes: Cowboy Boots As Art," at the
  Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum in Canyon; and
         WHEREAS, An integral part of cowboy gear, cowboy boots played
  a valued role in one of the defining chapters in Texas history and
  continue to figure in the mythic romance of the Lone Star State;
  now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the 80th Legislature of the State of Texas
  hereby designate the cowboy boot as the official State Footwear of