Glen Rose to Host New Home for ITLA
By Storie Sharp, Lead Writer, Glen Rose Newspaper
Larry P. Smith and John Hodges
|The International Texas Longhorn Association has announced the
acquisition of 2+ acres of land in Glen Rose, Texas. The land will have a
permanent headquarters, with a room for live Texas Longhorn cattle
displays and a sculpture overlooking Glen Rose and the Somervell County
The site fronts on Texas Drive, which leads to the
Texas Amphitheatre, home of "The Promise," a Christian musical drama,
and a recent concert headlined by Red Steagall and Don Edwards. More
western shows are planned at the Amphitheatre with the emphasis on early
Texas history, trail driving days and the colorful history of Glen Rose
and Somervell County. The area is fast becoming recognized as one of
Texas' leading tourist destinations with a beauty of outstanding
The 2+ acres is being donated to the ITLA by Larry P. Smith, owner of LS
Ranches, whose headquarters was in Crowley, near Fort Worth and Dallas.
Smith operated a large Texas Longhorn herd that included such notables
as Neiman Marcus' Red River, President Reagan's Duke, Texas USA, the
"Sesquicentennial Bull" and "Big Tex," who was in a Texas Christmas
Larry P. Smith, center, deeded 2.69
acres of land in Glen Rose, Texas, to
ITLA on November 7th. The land will
serve as the site for the association's
permanent headquarters. Accepting on
behalf of ITLA were ITLA President
Larry Smith II, left, and Immediate
Past President John Hodges.
"The Texas Longhorn was good to my family and me," says Smith, "and it
is fitting that I give something back to this great breed that helped
build Texas and steeped us in the history of the American Cowboy and
Texas Trail Drivers."
The Smith herd was dispersed in 1983, but not before it was featured in most DFW media resources and major markets.
“The Texas Longhorn was good to my family and me and it is fitting that I
give something back to this great breed that helped build Texas and
steeped us in the history of the American Cowboy and Texas Trail
—Larry P. Smith
The ITLA plans to begin construction soon. John Hodges, Immediate Past
President of ITLA, said that the organization is looking forward to the
"The Board of Directors has voted to move the location to Glen Rose and
looks forward to becoming a part of the community," Hodges said.
The ITLA main office will bring an existing office manager to Glen Rose,
and is planning on hiring locally, once the office is up and running.
ITLA currently has approximately 1,300 members and already holds many of
their shows in the Somervell County Expo Center. Hodges and Larry Smith
II are working on scheduling conventions, youth camps, seminars and
shows that will bring people from all over the United States and Canada
to Glen Rose.
Smith is also planning to donate a site for a museum that will chronicle
the entire history of the Texas Longhorn and feature the efforts and
contributions of seven families who saved the Texas Longhorn from