The fact the cattlemen's gallery at Pioneers' Museum has opened is a sign of what has passed but also a sign of what could come.
The gallery is a tribute to the pioneering men and woman who built the cattle industry in the Imperial Valley. They came in the late 1800s and early 1900s and founded 73 cattle-feeding businesses in the Valley. There were beef-packing sheds and cowboys who moved cattle from the mountains in San Diego County down into the Valley.
It is good to see there are people willing to put in their time and money to make sure we never forget those who came before us. And the gallery was no small effort. It took $180,000 to build and years of effort.
It takes up nearly an entire wing of the museum. There is research material that tells the story of the cattle industry. There is a video that shows a typical day for those in the cattle business. There are mural-size historic photographs. And there are plaques that honor the pioneering cattlemen and women.