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Fort Worth Stockyards
The Fort Worth Stockyards are as historic as they are entertaining. In 1849 Major Ripley Arnold and a troop of soldiers were ordered to set up the fort to protect North Texas settlers. Once the frontier moved on and the fort was abandoned, Fort Worth Gradually became a frequent stop for cattlemen herding through the area. Soon, the city earned the name "Cowtown" and began to prosper as a leader in the cattle business.
The Fort Worth Stockyards were renovated in 1976 and now include over 25 unique shops that include an art gallery, pottery, candle and clothing shops, a saddlery, and a photography studio. Walking tours of the historic Stockyards are available for groups large and small. The Fort Worth Stockyards have a depot for the Tarantula Steam Train, which is the only operational steam train in Texas. Horseback riding is available at the Stockyards and is home of the Fort Worth Herd, the only daily Longhorn Cattle Drive in the United States.
There are 5 banquet facilities, both indoor and outdoor available at the Stockyards. These venues are perfect for corporate meetings, picnics, wedding receptions, and all other kinds of formal and informal meetings. For further information, the Fort Worth Stockyards Visitor's Center is open seven days a week and can be contacted at 817.626.7921.