Visit the Fort Worth Stockyard for a Glimpse into the Origins of the Texas Livestock Industry

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The Fort Worth Stockyards is a historic district that is located in Fort Worth, Texas, north of the central business district and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. From the original brick walkways to the wooden corrals, every inch of the Stockyards tells the true history of Texas’s famous livestock industry.

Longhorn cattle grazing at the Fort Worth Stockyards
Longhorn cattle grazing at the Fort Worth Stockyards. The herd of longhorn cattle can be viewed from a bridge that runs over the original stockyards, built in 1887.

The 98-acre area was home to packing industry giants Armour & Company and Swift & Company in the early twentieth century. They collectively processed a total of 256,276 cattle, 128,934 hogs, and 40,160 sheep in their prime, bringing over $6 million in revenue to the local economy.

Lilah Galloway completes the Stockyards Museum scavenger hunt on her visit to Fort Worth.
The Stockyards Museum in the historic Exchange Building features an interactive scavenger hunt to learn important pieces of history about the area. Lilah Galloway, 11, completed the scavenger hunt on her visit and earned a fun patch for Girl Scouts.

Featuring an indoor show facility, daily longhorn cattle drives, a small museum detailing the history of the area, and an assortment of shops, restaurants, and businesses, this tourist attraction is not one to miss if you find yourself in the area.

An onion dicer with colorful green handles in the kitchen display of the Stockyards Museum.
An onion dicer with colorful handles was a useful gadget in the quickly modernizing kitchen. The Stockyards Museum features displays ranging from the area’s Native American connections and the Chisholm Trail, to the meat packing plants located there and kitchen innovations of the time.

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