A visit to the historic Ft. Worth Stockyards, is the perfect antidote for those who long for a taste of the Wild West. In the days of cattle drives, Ft.Worth was the last civilized stop on the Chisholm Trail, beyond Ft.Worth, was Indian country.
There are two daily cattle drives, at 11:30 a.m., and 4:00 p.m., featuring real Texas Longhorn cattle. It’s a nice way to get a feel for what a cattle drive was like, and you don’t have to get your hands dirty, or fight off Comanche Indians. The best place to watch the cattle drive is in front of the Stockyards Visitors Center.
Stay at the historic Stockyards Hotel. I think what intrigues me the most about this hotel,is you can stay in the same room once occupied by the infamous outlaws, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow. The hotel is reported to be haunted, but as Bonnie and Clyde did not die there, you won’t be able to visit with their spirits. It’s also the perfect location to base yourself as you can simply walk to all the bars, restaurants, shopping and even the rodeo. It’s truly a unique way to spend the weekend, with something for the entire family.
If you want to learn more about Bonnie and Clyde, watch the 1967 film, Bonnie and Clyde , with Faye Dunaway as Bonnie Parker, and Warren Beatty as Clyde Barrow, both young and beautiful and wildly talented.
Here’s an interesting website with a time line of their lives.
109 E. Exchange Ave.
Stockyards Visitors Center
130 E. Exchange Ave.
No cattle drives on Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas.
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