Madisonville Sidewalk Cattlemen’s Association
The term “sidewalk cattleman” was invented by the 1941 Madisonville Meteor editor, Henry Fox. He wrote about people wearing cowboy boots around town who didn’t own any cows. The idea took hold and an organization was formed complete with rules for wearing cowboy boots and penalties to be assessed for infractions of those rules. Today, the custom is to dunk violators in the horse trough on the courthouse lawn. So beware when you come through Madisonville wearing cowboy boots. Be prepared to defend your right to wear your boots or you could find yourself taking an unexpected bath in the watering trough!