Fort Worth is known by many to be the entrance to the West. Its rich cultural heritage and numerous attractions make it a treasure to America and a tourist magnet, pulling visitors from other states in the US and countries all over the world. Of its many attractions, none hold the cultural value of the Fort Worth Stockyards. The Stockyards is a US National Historic District, and for a good reason. It preserves Western Heritage better than any other place in the US and a richness in culture, as well as the thrilling attractions, have made it a major tourist attraction.
Despite the Fort Worth Stockyards being an attraction in its own right, it is comprised of several attractions that are both fun and educative. This blend of excitement and culture is what makes it so appealing to crowds. Its visitors are a rather diverse crowd of adults, adolescents, and children of different ethnic backgrounds, all of whom want to experience the rich Southern culture firsthand. With the attractions listed below, it’s no surprise that tourists consistently flood the place.
Attractions at The Fort Worth Stockyards.
The Jersey Lilly Photo Parlor is a photo studio within the Stockyards, in the front lobby of the Texas Hall of Fame. This full-service photo parlor is famous for its antique sepia photographs. Visitors of this attraction can take photoshoots with their friends and family (pets aren’t left out). The photoshoots have old time themes, making use of backgrounds that are reminiscent of the Old West. Customers can wear costumes that won’t look out of place in an Old Western movie.
Texas Trail of Fame: The Texas Trail of Fame was established in 1997 to honor icons who made a significant impact on the Western culture. It features bronze inlaid markers which are placed along the walkways in the manner of the Hollywood walk of fame. The Texas Trail of Fame educates visitors on the accomplishments of iconic western icons like Buffalo Bill, who have markers on the Trail.
Fort Worth Herd:
The Fort Worth Herd is famous for being the only twice-daily cattle drive in the world. People come from all over to watch Drovers (named after the original Cattle drivers of the Old West) drive Longhorns, which are an essential symbol of Western culture in Herds.
The Legends of Texas: The Legends of Texas are an organization that provides entertainment at the Stockyards by reenacting Facets of life in the Old West. They are most popular for their reenactments of Old West type gunfights.
Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame: This attraction pays tribute to all famous westerners. People known for being Cowboys, Rodeo stars, Cowgirls, etc. It also features the Stergnell Wagon collection (a vintage collection of wagons, sleighs, carts, etc).
Apart from these attractions the Stockyards also features a petting zoo, a renowned stable and the popular Grapevine Vintage Railroad.
So if you happen to find yourself in Fort Worth, do make sure you stop by the Stockyards. You can’t afford to miss this once in a lifetime experience to experience the Old Western culture firsthand.