Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Fort Worth and Its Stockyards

There are quite a few places in Forth Worth which we like visiting. One of them is Stockyards National Historic District - the area of Old West livestock market (which worked till 1866).  While walking along Exchange Avenue, and admiring the western style architecture (including traditional boardwalks), you can really feel the spirit of  the old times.

The local stores have a wide range of items on offer: from Texas souvenirs, and fancy cowboy and cowgirl outfits, to art gallery pieces.
The Stockyards Station, these days a market center with various shops and restaurants, is quite a place. When we were last visiting it, we could also listen to some open-air, live country music concert.
Although trains no longer stop at the station, you can still find a railway track of the Grapevine Vintage Railroad there.

Needless to say, Stockyards National Historic District is not only about shopping and eating. It is much more than that of course. There is also a rodeo place, where (on Friday and Saturday evenings)  professional cowgirls and cowboys compete and present their skills.

You can learn more about past rodeo stars - watch pictures, videos and memorabilia - at the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame.

Next time when we happen to go to the Stockyards, I need to take a photo of some markers which are placed in the sidewalks. They are the Texas Trail of Fame, honoring the persons who contributed in a special way to the Western style of life. Maybe I will also be lucky to have a picture taken at the place, where Texas cattle specimens pose/present themselves (usually, children take over the place).
There is a lot to explore at the Stockyards in Fort Worth!

More info here http://stockyardsstation.com/

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