Nellie Connally Honors Governor Connally and the Legacy of Texas Families at Commemorative Plaque Signing Event Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Natural Bridge Caverns

for immediate release: May 10, 2004

Natural Bridge Caverns, Texas--Author, speaker and former Texas First LadyNellie Connallywill be the featured guest in a ceremony celebrating Natural Bridge Cavern's 40 th anniversary onThursday, June 10 at 10:30 a.m.on the grounds of the attraction. In 1964, then Texas Governor John Connally christened Natural Bridge Caverns as "A Jewel in the Crown of Texas' Attractions" and signed a plaque commemorating the grand opening; Mrs. Connally will sign a similar plaque that will stand next to the one Governor Connally signed 40 years ago during the anniversary ceremony.

"To share in the history of Natural Bridge Caverns is a special opportunity for me and my family," said Connally, who at 85 is currently on a booksigning tour promoting her publicationFrom Love Field: Our Final Hours with President John F. Kennedy.

"The focus of this event is the Legacy of Texas Families," said Brad Wuest, president of Natural Bridge Caverns, a thirdgeneration family member to own and operate Texas' largest cavern system. Along with brother Travis and mother Joye, the Wuest family has defined their role as stewards of one the nation' premier show caves.

"Natural Bridge Caverns has always been about family and those we have the privilege of hosting," said Wuest, whose attraction averages over 250,000 visitors per year.

In addition to traditional walking tours, NBC offers a novel Adventure Tour for the more daring, gemstone and fossil panning at Texas' largest mining sluice, and their Watchtower Challenge boasts the largest outdoor climbing tower in Texas.

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