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Sunday, October 25, 2009

Fort Worth Stockyards

The city of Fort Worth began as an Army outpost in 1849. The fort itself was named after Major General Williams Jenkins Worth who served in three wars…the War of 1812, Second Seminole War in Florida, and the Mexican-American War. The city surrounding the fort began to grow primarily due to cattle. Fort Worth was also a stop on the Chisholm Trail where cattle were driven from all locations in Texas to areas north. This area became important because it was the last stop on the trail for supplies. When the railroads arrived Fort Worth became a major shipping point for cattle. The cattle industry began to grow and created the need for building of the stockyards. Fort Worth became so important to the cattle industry that it earned the nickname, “Cowtown.”

Every morning( weather permitting) around 11:30 there is a cattle drive down Exchange Avenue from Stockyard Station to the Cattle Exchange. The Stockyard Station was built in 1902 and became the hub of the stockyards. Today it houses a museum as well as other offices.

Mike and I decided to eat at Riscky’s Barbeque. This restaurant is located in Stockyard Station in what was once part of the cattle market. We both order the chopped beef brisket sandwich with cole slaw. Mike said it was the best he had ever eaten!!

It was a beautiful day with lots of sunshine and a little bit of a brisk wind. We had a grand time and returned to camp MCD to check on the installation of the shades in our coach.

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