An organization whose members – regardless of vocation – might meet regularly to pursue their mutual interest in the history of the West had long been a dream in Colorado. In July 1944, Leland D. Case, then editor of The Rotarian magazine, described to a group of interested Coloradans an organization called The Westerners, a non-profit educational group founded earlier that year in Chicago. A Denver organizational meeting followed in January 1945, inspired by Elmo Scott Watson, who then read the group’s first Western history paper. Thus another organization of The Westerners, second in the United States, was formed in Denver. Since then, similar groups have been established at more than 120 locations worldwide.

There are active corrals in Colorado at Denver, Boulder, Colorado Springs, Durango, Fort Collins, and Loveland; nationally, in Chicago, Kansas City, Los Angeles, San Diego, Washington, D.C., and other major cities; and in England, France, Germany, Hungary, Japan, Mexico, and other countries.