Bandera Cowboy Capitol of the World

bandera courthouse dome

Elaine likes the dome of the courthouse

rattlesnake-ridgeAs we come into Bandera there is a play getting started near the courthouse. Actors milling about in period costume. One talking to the kids at the corner of the audience. The kids are decked out in western gear too. All wide eyes as the actor deputizes



The narrator tells us that Bandera was officially named the Cowboy Capitol of the world by the Texas legislature.

Turns out Bandera is surrounded by dude ranches. Today being Saturday we see lots of dudes and dudettes in town.


saddles at the bar


Christmas at the bar, even the moose.


Great lunch at the OST, (old spanish trail).

Our table is next to the bar: Saddles for seats. A bit later the kids we saw earlier come in with their family. The youngest, possibly all of five says: Oh, I didn’t know the bar would be this awesome!

I had the best nachos ever, a platter full with enough guacamole on top to feed a family. I ate it all. My tummy is sorry but my mouth is happy.