High Noon Talk: XIT: A Story of Land, Cattle and Capital in Texas and Montana

Online Program

May 6, 2021 12:00pm - 1:00pm

A story of capital and cattle that built the Texas Capitol.

Event Details

To commemorate the opening of the Texas Capitol in May 1888, join us for a talk on the history that made its construction possible. The Texas state constitution set aside three million acres of public land in exchange for the construction of the state’s monumental red-granite capitol in Austin. That land became one of the most productive cattle operations in the West. Join author Michael Miller for this story of Gilded Age business and politics at the very foundation of the American cattle industry.

High Noon Talks highlight interesting and often untold topics through a casual lunch-time lecture.

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Program is FREE to the public.

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About the Presenter

Michael M. Miller teaches history at colleges in the Dallas–Fort Worth Metroplex. His article on the XIT Ranch appeared in Montana The Magazine of Western History and won the Spur Award for Best Western Short Nonfiction from the Western Writers of America.

About Public Programs

Public programs at the Bullock Museum explore relevant history and celebrate the culture that has shaped our modern world. Through engaging discussions, performances, and scholarship guests are invited to see local connections and discover how Texas fits into a broader national story.

At the Bullock Museum, programs have been a place for the community to gather and celebrate culture, explore new ideas, and share experiences together. During the COVID-19 pandemic, programs still provide an opportunity to bring the community together, even if we are apart. Please join us through virtual programs and enjoy lessons, discussions and activities with your family, friends and neighbors who are also participating from home. 

Zoom Information

You will be prompted to download the Zoom application for mobile or desktop if it is not already installed. You do not need a Zoom account to join this livestream. You will be asked to register upon connecting to the webinar. Advanced registration is not required. 

For security and privacy purposes, attendees will not have video or audio capabilities. Questions will be moderated by Museum staff. Participants will not be allowed to send private messages or media in the livestream.

Banner image courtesy Austin History Center, Austin Public Library.

The Bullock Texas State History Museum is a division of the Texas State Preservation Board. Additional support for educational programming provided by the Texas State History Museum Foundation.

Lectures, Talks, and Discussions