Earlier this week, before Thanksgiving and the Big Rain, we took a little trip into Ft. Worth to see what there was to see.
OK – we didn’t do ALL of Ft. Worth (and there’s plenty to do there and in neighboring Dallas). We really just wanted to get our Cowboy on at the Ft. Worth Stockyards.
Today the Stockyards are full of shops and restaurants and more shops and event venues.
But between 1866 and 1890 more than four million head of cattle were trailed through Fort Worth, which was soon known as “Cowtown.” In the early 1900’s Swift and Armour set up packing plants and the area thrived.
But as the economy shifted, those plants were closed. By the early 70’s the area was in decline. Fortunately, the local historical society stepped in to preserve the area, and many of the area’s landmarks have been restored including the Livestock Exchange Building and the Coliseum. While weekly livestock auctions ceased many years ago, the Stockyards continues to host special breed events and sales including Longhorn auctions. Many thousand of head of cattle are still sold in the Stockyards every week via video/satellite sales originating in the Exchange Building. The livestock legacy lives on.
The stockyard is also home to a couple dozen (+/-) of longhorn cattle.
And twice a day (weather permitting :)) there is a cattle drive down main street “just like in the old days”.
OK, so it’s not QUITE like the old days, but it was still pretty fun to watch the big guys make their way down Main Street.
The good news (for them) is that they were just headed back to their corrals – not the Armour factory! We had a good day in Ft. Worth. We had a great steak lunch (of course!), and enjoyed learning the history of the area. We didn’t spend much time in the shops, but if you’re looking for something “Texas” this would be the place to find it! And since it has pretty much been raining since that day – we’re pretty happy we got our Cowboy on when we did!
If you’d like a bit more history about the Ft. Worth Stockyard, you can find more here!
Thanks for stopping by! If the rain lets up, we’ll be on the road tomorrow, heading to our December SOWER project about 100 miles down the road – Heart of Texas Camp and Conference Center. Talk to you soon!