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 Expo Center.

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 attractions.

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 poem.

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.

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"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 Drivers.”
—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 move.

"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 extinction.
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