Ft. Worth, Texas or Cowtown became famous for its stockyards. The Ft. Worth Herd began in its daily cattle drives through the streets of the historic Stockyards in 1999. The Ft. Worth herd is comprised of the iconic Longhorn cattle.
Cattle played an important part of the economy of Ft Worth first with cattle trails like the Chisholm trails. With the arrival of the railroad in 1876 Ft. Worth became a major shipping center for cattle. In the early 1990’s, Armour and Swift companies opened meat packing house in the stockyards. The Livestock Exchange built in 1902 soon became known as “the Wall Street of the West“. In 1917 (WWI) the Ft. Worth Stockyards was the largest horse and mule market in the world. Business in The Stockyards hit its peak during World War II. With the rise of the trucking industry after WWII the stockyards begin to decline and hit an all-time low in 1986. In 1976, The Fort Worth Stockyards National Historical District was created. Today the cattle pens of the Stockyards now house many unique shops and restaurants.
Ft. Worth has come a long way from its roots as U.S. Army Outpost on the Western frontier and wild cattle town. Today it is the 17th largest city in the United States. It has several museums and cultural venues including the Bass Performance Hall and the Kimbell Art Museum. One my favorites is the Ft. Worth Botanic Garden located near the Trinity River and as bonus most of it is free. TCU, Texas Wesleyan University, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Tarrant County College all call Ft. Worth home. For a taste of Ft. Worth visit the Convention and Visitors Bureau’s Ft. Worth Weekend page.