Sunday, February 21, 2016

Fort Worth Stockyards

Fort Worth Stockyards is where the west began.  The historical society has preserved the area so children and adults can learn about how the west was won and became more civilized.

  Fort Worth began life as a refuge against Comanche attacks.  It later became a rough and tumble town of the frontier.  Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid were once part of the lawless group. An animal called a Longhorn Steer saved the day.

See a herd of the Longhorn Cattle at 11:30 and 4:00 stroll down Exchange Ave. in the heart of the Stockyards.  It's a treat for the eyes to imagine what it was like to steer the cattle in one direction.

 Cowboys began to take their rest in Fort Worth during the 1870's,  after a long cattle drive from south Texas on the famous Chisholm Trail.

Tourists can take their picture on a famous Longhorn.

The Historical Society has a museum so the public can see authentic documents of the past.  They are called primary sources because diaries are first hand accounts of what it was like in the wild west.  Visitors from all over the world has made Fort Worth their travel destination because the Stockyards are like a living museum of history.   
Characters dress up in vintage clothing to experience the feel of an era of cowboys and cowgirls with all of their duds.  They love to take a photo with you.  

Tourists can ride on a stage coach to see what it was like to travel in a bumpy wooden carriage. The horses might have to dodge a few pick up trucks.
The arrival of the Texas and Pacific Railroad in 1876 brought eight lines connecting with Fort Worth to bring cattle to the northern markets.  This is when Fort Worth became known as Cow Town.
The Cow Town Maze is a great way to experience what it was like for one million cattle to go through the market place.  
There's also always time to bring home the perfect souvenir, Justin Boots and a Cowboy Hat.

It you want at great steak go to Cattleman's Steak House.  It's been in business since 1949.  They serve delicious bake potatoes loaded with everything on it.  Many of clients have brought their perspective business partners to Cattleman's for an impressive dinner.  The steaks are always cooked just the way you like it.

For the ladies there is a wide variety of western wear and turquoise jewelry to browse through.  A trip to Fort Worth Stockyards will be a delight of the senses for all ages.  

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