SIGHTSEEING IN FORT WORTH, TEXAS
Part II: The Stockyards
A trip to “Cowtown” is incomplete without a visit to Fort Worth’s historic Stockyards District. This is located north of the city and is easily navigable by public transport. Away from the city’s skyscrapers, it was a walk down history, notably the Wild West that we commonly associate in those cowboy movies. There was a “Main Street”, with its obligatory saloons, hotel, a coliseum (for cattle auctions), corrals and a disused railway line eerily reminiscent of Auschwitz.
But there were no heads of cattle to be seen, just a handful of tourists (mostly centred around the watering holes), and lots of empty shops. I bought an obligatory cowboy hat (to complement my cowboy hat from Thailand), had dinner in H3 Ranch, and wolfed down what was possibly the biggest and juiciest steak I ever laid my eyes on.
|The lazy drag that leads down to the Stockyards.|
|Trying to look like a Texan.|
The only problem was no one else was wearing cowboy hats!
|Now you know you are in Texas.|
|The Livestock Exchange.|
|The place where Texan longhorns are viewed,|
except that none of them were spotted.
On the right is the rotary for the train engine,
it turns 180 degrees to make a return journey.
|A railway line that runs through the Exchange.|
|A one way journey for most cattle.|
|The best part of my Stockyards tour:|
the best steak meal I have ever had,
at H3 Ranch Grill and Restaurant!