Parque Natural Mexiquillo


Fort Worth Stock Yards


The three story building across the street is the Stockyards Hotel
The right side of the hotel was built in 1906-07 with offices and hotel room.
In 1913 it was expanded to its' present size

The plush lobby 

The hotel's bar.

The belt driven ceiling fans are interesting

The Fort Worth Stockyard Company was founded in 1893.
This headquarters building was built in 1902-03 
The meat packing companies Swift and Armour soon opened plants here.

There is a small, but interesting $2 museum inside.

Bobo was  2,000 pound bull that Governor John Connally declared an "Official Texas Goodwill Ambassador" to the 1964 New York World's Fair.  Jerry Cotten rode Bobo all the way from Fort Worth to New York. The news regularly broadcasted stories on the unusual pair and their travels.

Chuck wagon prep area. Beans for breakfast and beans for dinner.
The average age of the  drovers heading the cattle was 15 years.

The are a very few of the cat walks and pens remaining.

At its height, the stockyards covered 100 acres. This photo was taken in 1949. 
The stockyards remained in operation until 1986

Interesting store selling horns and all species of stuffed animals

The coliseum was constructed in 1907-08 to provide a home for the Fort Worth stock show. 

It is the birthplace of the indoor rodeo and the first live radio broadcast 
of a rodeo was transmitted here on WBAP radio in 1923

The big event. 
At 11:30 drovers drive a herd of 15 longhorn steers down Exchange Ave

Tip to tip the horns measure 10 feet. 
The larges spread on record is 11 feet.

For $10 you can sit on a bull

A fun day top off with delicious pork ribs  Risky's Bar-B-Q

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