F is for Fort Worth Herd

The Ft.Worth Herd on its afternoon drive through Stockyards.
The Ft.Worth Herd on its afternoon drive through Stockyards.

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.

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30 comments

  1. Gemma in AZ, Donald, & Gemma;

    Cabacurl: Ty yes it does.

    R: Yes the horns are to be avoided but those cattle are actually pretty gentle.

    Kim: Yes, it is like stepping back in time. The Stockyards represents FW’s past and is in sharp contrast to the urban city center with just a few blocks S of there.

    Liz: That is just one piece of living history in the Stockyards. The last gunfight is also re-enacted daily, the police in the Stockyards patrol the street on horse back and traditional cowboy attire. The Trantuala Steam Engine runs out of the Stockyard station. While it isn’t in the Stockyards the Log Cabin Village is a living history museum complete with a working grist mill and docents who wear period attire.

  2. Now that is a cool shot for F Dee. I like it.
    The photo I took of the whale is at Disneyland Anaheim, the Pinocchio ride :0)

  3. Aileni: Most people in Texas don’t raise longhorns either. The purpose of this herd is to preserve FW’s western heritage. My Granddady raised Angus.

    Ivar: Yes, they are

    verivaki: Cowtown is the nickname for FT. Worth because of its early days as a hub for cattle trails, railroad shipping point and meat packing plants.

    Ellen: Oh, yes I forgot about the Pinocchio ride. Only been to Disneyland once in the 1980’s. However I been to WDW many times. Oh, I have an interview next week.

  4. Across the state of Texas there increasing numbers of herds of longhorns and buffalo.

    A pound of buffalo meat costs over $30.00 (thirty) per pound.

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