The Fort Worth Stockyards

The Fort Worth Stockyards are a 98-acre historical district in Fort Worth Texas. They are listed with the National Register of Historic Places, and in 1866 were a livestock market. The area has a lengthy tradition in the cattle industry, and currently encompass 46 buildings. This mainly consists of shopping venues and entertainment focuses on the city’s Cowtown image.

Visitors can purchase high quality boots, or relax at the bar while enjoying a cold beer. The Stockyards have enticing nightclubs and bars in the vicinity, and there is a western motif throughout the area. The rodeo is extremely popular and there is even an opry for the enjoyment of the visitors. The stockyards in Fort Worth are the only remaining stockyards still standing anywhere in the United States.

Cattle drives are still run by volunteers through the stockyards. This practice dates back to the 19th century, and was established by frontiersman Charles “Buffalo” Jones. He is known for herding buffalo right through Garden City, Kansas, and filling the streets.

The Fort Worth Stockyards Stables were reopened after being remodeled on April 1st of 2011. The stables offer overnight boarding, full care boarding, hourly boarding, carriage rides, and horse rentals so the trails along the Trinity River can be enjoyed. The horses can be ridden throughout the historic stockyards by the boarders.

The Hyatt hotel is right next door in a building built in 1912 and part of the original historic stockyards. Riscky’s Steakhouse and Riscky’s Barbeque offer true Texas fare right in the stockyards.More about Western Heritage…