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Welcome to the travels of Doug and Nada. We love the Lord and are traveling full-time in our motorhome with our German Shepherd, Homer. Homer is the star attraction wherever we stop and he gets us talking and sharing with many people. DON'T FORGET: YOU CAN ENLARGE EACH PHOTO BY CLICKING ON THE PHOTO! The newest blog post is at the top and they go back in time as you scroll down. If you want to see each photo larger, you can just click on the photo and it will enlarge. If you decide to leave a comment, don't forget to sign it so we know who left it. ;-) Folks: This site is under continual construction as we travel and see this beautiful country. Check back for more updates and photos. Thanks for visiting with us! May God bless your day!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

9/30/2011 - Fort Worth Stockyards

Yesterday, we drove into Fort Worth to the historic Stockyard District. It was a lot of fun to hear and see the area and learn about the old west cattle drives. We had visited this area with Josh about 10 years ago when we had an extra few hours before catching a flight out DFW. This time we were sightseeing at a much leisurely pace!
Above is the Cowtown Coliseum where Pawnee Bill started the first indoor rodeo in the late 1800's. He eventually partnered with Buffalo Bill in his show. Twice a day they do a cattle drive through the streets. Check out those horns on those cattle!






Then the railroad came to town and started hauling the cattle to market instead of the cowboys driving them north hundreds of miles. This was the end of the line for the railroad so this round house tuned the train cars around.

It was also sad to see the huge former meat packing plants for Armour and Swift sitting vacant beside the old stockyards.

Above is a map of the trails the cattle drives used and below is a marker noting the Chisholm Trail.

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