Traveling during the COVID times has its limitations – as some sites & museums are still closed, for instance the Sundance square in Fort Worth is still not open to public and only the passage way can be used. But its always fun to travel, to see new places and this Easter weekend we were in Fort Worth and what better place to start exploring this city than the Fort Worth Stockyards (National Historic District).
‘Between 1866 and 1890, drovers trailed more than four million head of cattle through Fort Worth. The city soon became known as “Cowtown.” When the railroad arrived in 1876, Fort Worth became a major shipping point for livestock, so the city built the Union Stockyards’ – as per the Fort worth Stockyards official website.
The present name of ‘Fort Worth Stockyards’ came about when an investor named Greenleif Simpson bought the Union Stockyards in 1893.
The cattle drive through the street still happens twice a day (11:30 am and and 4 pm) and is a unique experience. But the Saturday we were there, we missed it by a few minutes. Well, we will be there again to see it for sure.
A super fun place to be any time of the week and a perfect place to see Texas ‘Cowboy style’. The Stockyards championship Rodeo at the Cowtown Coliseum tops the list of things to do – with shows every Friday and Saturday night for which you need to buy tickets beforehand. Its a thrill to watch the skillful cowboys & cowgirls leap off a horse or do trick roping, bull riding and saddle bronc riding – a truly wild west experience.
Along with that, there are lots of retail stores to buy unique and interesting things or memorabilia and restaurants which serve local Texan food & drinks. And there are photo ops available with the Longhorns, a maze for the whole family and a toy train for the kids to enjoy. Also, most of the weekends, there are live bands playing country music.
We had a great Saturday evening walking down the stockyards, shopping for some interesting things, enjoying the live music, getting our picture taken with the longhorn and eating yummy ice-cream at the Nestle Toll House cafe.
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