When I think Fort Worth, Texas, I think cowboys and cattle, saloons and horses. Old Town Fort Worth held up to those expectations.
We came back was to watch the daily cattle drive down the main street in Old Town Fort Worth. Every day at 11:30am and 4pm you can watch a herd of about 20 steer be herded down the main street only to circle back into their pens. It’s quite the fun 5 minute spectacle to watch these magnificent creatures with their long horns walking down the street, but definitely a show put on for the tourists. One even started coming in my direction and I got a very up close and personal picture with him. I think it was my jacket!
Then we walked through the old stockyards of Fort Worth which was where livestock went to market starting in 1890 when the railroads made this part of Fort Worth important. Naturally we had some fun here and I let my inner cowgirl come out to play!
There are a lot of cute country shops for tourist gifts of all sorts to wander through in the old Stockyards. I even found Dr. Pepper BBQ sauce. Texans definitely love their Dr. Pepper!
We did do a bit of bar-hopping while we were in Old Town Fort Worth, but it wasn’t very lively considering it was during the week around the holidays. But live country music could be heard flowing down the streets enticing you to come by their bar. So we did. And it was goooood.
We watched the Rodeo at the Cowtown Coliseum which was built in 1908 and hosts weekly rodeos. This was Hans’s first Rodeo he had ever been to and found it very interesting and odd.
Later we also took a drive into Downtown Fort Worth so that we could check out the Water Gardens which was built in 1974 and is like an inverted pyramid water fall in the middle of a business district. You can walk down into the water fountain if you’re brave enough! I’m not gonna lie, I was a tad scared. So we only went a few steps down.
We also did a quick tour through the Bureau of Engraving and Printing which is one of two places in the United States where US money is produced. Fort Worth, Texas and Washington, D.C. It was really cool, but no cameras or cell phones allowed in! 🙁 BOO. So no pictures. Too bad they weren’t giving out $100 samples!
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