Parade of cowboys and steer cattle in the Fort Worth Stockyards in Texas - stock photo
Fort Worth, Texas - September 2009: A herd of cattle parading through the Fort Worth Stockyards accompanied by cowboys on horseback

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Fort Worth Herd

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Each morning and afternoon, spectators line the street to watch cowboys wearing authentic 19th-century garb drive the 16 longhorn cattle of the Fort Worth Herd along E Exchange Ave. For the rest of the day, you can inspect them in their corral behind the Livestock Exchange Building; each critter comes complete with its own name-tagged picture-portrait.

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1. Stockyards

0.05 MILES

Western-wear stores and knickknack shops, saloons and steakhouses now occupy the Old West–era buildings of the Stockyards. Although it can seem touristy…

2. Stockyards Museum

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Parts of the venerable Livestock Exchange Building still hold offices, but the one-room Stockyards Museum celebrates local history. Displays cover famous…

3. Cattle Auction

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The truly curious will want to venture into this live cattle auction, held in a totally high-tech atmosphere inside the 1902 Fort Worth Livestock Exchange…

4. Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame

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Individual booths bursting with boots, hats, buckles and spurs celebrate the various inductees of the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame in this little museum,…

5. Sid Richardson Museum

2.44 MILES

If the Stockyards didn't sate your hunger for all things western, pop in here for some art. It's known for its striking paintings by Frederic Remington…

6. Sundance Square


You can stroll yourself happy in the 14-block Sundance Sq, near Main and 3rd Sts. Colorful architecture, art galleries and a host of bars and restaurants…

7. Chisholm Trail Mural


Overlooking Sundance Sq, the iconic Chisholm Trail Mural commemorates the local segment of the Chisholm Trail cattle drives of 1867-75.

8. Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

2.91 MILES

In a stunning building across from the Kimbell Art Museum, this stimulating museum displays paintings by the likes of Picasso, Mark Rothko and Francis…