The Chisholm Trail Heritage Museum in Cuero, Texas was established in early 2000 to preserve and display the region's rich ranching and cowboy heritage. It is strategically located in south central Texas, an area of the state that served as the primary procurement zone for cattle driven up the legendary Chisholm and Great Western Trails. Cuero, translated as cowhide or rawhide from Spanish, is located on the lower road of the new National Historic Trail, El Camino Real de los Tejas. Traveled for over 300 years, El Camino connected a series of Spanish missions and posts from Mexico City to Los Adaes, the first capital of the province of Texas (in what is now northwestern Louisiana).
Support from the Foundation will enable the Museum to create an infrastructure for permanent display of the Horsemen of the Americas Collection, a group of ranching, cowboy and equestrian artifacts that the late Dr. Edward Larocque Tinker gifted to the University of Texas at Austin in the late 1950s. The collection has recently been expertly restored by the Museum with a previous grant. The current grant from the Tinker Foundation will allow them to put it on permanent display.