One afternoon we took a trip to the Fort Worth Stockyards, about 20 minutes’ drive from our hotel.
The Stockyards used to be a very busy livestock market where cattle, sheep and hogs were bought sold and slaughtered. Fort Worth was originally the last major rest stop for cattle drives which were on their way to the railheads, but with the arrival of the railroad in the area in 1876, it became a major shipping point for livestock. Fort Worth remained an important part of the cattle industry until the 1950s, but is now a celebration of the old traditional ways with museums, stables, vintage railroad and a twice daily cattle drive.
We were only there for a couple of hours but managed to go into the Cowboy Hall of Fame, to stand at the side of the main street and watch the cattle drive, and to visit the cattle pens.