‘Where the West Begins’
We’d reached the end of our 2-week road trip around Texas & New Mexico, and before flying back home to the UK from Dallas, we thought we would stay at Fort Worth Stockyards & wind down for a day.
I’m not too sure what we thought Stockyards was going to be like, but it felt like we had stepped onto a movie set.
We checked into the Stockyards Hotel, perhaps it was the English accents, but they outlawed us to the ‘Bonnie & Clyde’ suite. Apparently, the infamous couple had actually occupied the room back in 1933.
Try & make it on a Friday or Saturday evening, you wouldn’t want to miss the rodeo.
The Long Horn Drive
Fort Worth Stockyards isn’t a huge town. However, the twice daily cattle drive at 11:30 am, and 4 pm through the centre of town, along Exchange Avenue, draws in the visitors.
It’s certainly not every day (unless of course, you live in Stockyards) that you would get to see a herd of Texas Long Horns, passing by. Although the steers are well rehearsed in their route, it’s still fun seeing them saunter past & their horns are massive.
Show over, we went to discover the town further, the Stockyards Station now combines a little bit of old and new, as the once thriving railroad station still has the tracks running through it, but is now bustling with boutiques and eateries.
But this wasn’t where I was heading to, I’d spotted Mavericks, a local store for my western apparel, and cowgirl boots were calling.
What we didn’t expect while trying to choose my perfect boot, was the two complimentary beers to help with the decision process – never had that happen before.
We missed a trick
Perhaps we should have asked for our Mustang to have horns, we never thought of that…..
There are quite a few watering holes in Stockyards, but we couldn’t turn down the opportunity to go to Booger Reds Saloon, sit on the obligatory leather saddles which now double as bar stools.
You also get to see a buffalo butt sticking out of a wall, oh and Buffalo Butt is a local brewery, so Gary needed no other coaxing into giving it a try.
If during the day, the entertainment is a little unusual then hopefully you’ll be around on a Friday or Saturday evening, and it just gets better.
Believe me; you must try and visit the Stockyards Championship Rodeo, it’s great fun
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