Fort Worth Union Stockyards opened for business on January 19, 1890 the history of the successes of this area is quite fascinating. If you live in Texas, visit Texas or ever plan to visit this historic area should be on your list. The 90-acre Historic Stockyards area is a major tourist attraction but don’t let that dissuade you, simply embrace the Western heritage and history of the area and enjoy all that it has to offer...........bucking bulls and all !!!
The Daily Cattle Drive
Each longhorn in the Forth Worth Herd represents a decade that Fort Worth has been a city. The 18 longhorns can be viewed twice daily in the cattle drives that take place at 11:30 am and 4:00 pm each day. This was the main reason I wanted to spend a day in the Stockyards. Who doesn't want to watch these majestic creatures meander on down the road. The sheer size of the longhorns always amazes me. Watching the cattle drive was on my “must do list”. We could not have chosen a better day to visit. Watching these amazing steers meander down the road is quite a sight. We visited mid-week in the fall so there were no real crowds which was perfect for viewing. If you haven’t already experienced this event add it to your list -you’ll love it!
Take a Wander and Soak in the Sights.......................
Where to Stay.................
There is a myriad of options in the city of Fort Worth, but we opted to stay in the immediate vicinity of the Stockyards. We wanted to be able to walk to everything and not worry about driving and parking. We opted to stay at The Courtyard Marriot. This is a perfect location if all you want to do is really enjoy all that the Stockyards have to offer. I loved the modern take on western décor, the clean, contemporary rooms and the friendly service. The location cannot be beat.
Hit the Honky Tonks
Country music and cold beer abound in the bars found in the Stockyards. This small area has some great saloons with live music and welcoming dance floors. If you are staying in the area be sure to check out a couple. We loved the Basement Bar with the friendly staff and cold reasonably priced beer .The small bar has good acoustics and an intimate atmosphere .
Niles City Hall Saloon
Niles City Hall Saloon turned out to be our favorite speakeasy style saloon. This place had a great bar tender who could really mix a cocktail and knew his whiskey. He truly entertained us with his smoking old fashioned and I fell in love with the French Seventy – Five, a delicious champagne cocktail. The atmosphere is relaxed, the bar tender knowledgeable and the pianist talented. If you are in the Stockyards be sure to stop in here during happy hour .
Whether you go for the day, a weekend or a week The Fort Worth Stockyards has lots to offer. For me I was able to say I finally got to watch the famous cattle drive; we both discovered some new cocktails and fell in love with the historic feel of the area. If you find yourself north or south on I35 in Texas head to The Stockyards and soak up all that this Cowtown has to offer.
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