50 years of Living Western Brought to you by Cavender’s: 1965

  • “Little Joe”, “Hoss” and the other Cartwrights made Bonanza the #1 TV show in the country
  • Lyndon B. Johnson of Stonewall, Texas was President of the United States
  • The National Cowboy Western & Heritage Museum opens in Oklahoma City. John Wayne is the grand marshal of the celebratory parade
  • Gas was 31 cents a gallon and a loaf of bread cost you 21 cents
  • Roger Miller’s “King of the Road” topped the country charts
  • The National Finals Rodeo made its debut in Oklahoma City
  • James Cavender opens his first retail store in Pittsburg, Texas featuring western wear and just three styles of Tony Lama boots
Credit - National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum.

John Wayne; Credit – National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum.

Joe & Mike Cavender

Joe & Mike Cavender
circa 1965


Cavender Ranches and Neches River Ranch cow-calf operation