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IF YOU GOT A KICK OUT OF THOSE MEMORABLE CATTLE DRIVES, YOU’LL LOVE THIS HISTORIC ONE...


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kay, it’s not big. The ground won’ t sha k e and rumble as the rather mod-


est herd passes by. But it’s so much fun, so up close and so “Texas” iconic you will love it. You’ll also gain great insight about how important cat le drives were to the development of the West and the feeding of a nation. And let’s face it, Texas Longhorns are just really cool animals! Twice a day in Fort Worth, Texas,


aka Cowtown, history and the cowboy traditions march down East Exchange Avenue in a “cat le drive,” an event that began in 1999 during the city’s sesqui- centennial celebration. There is one Longhorn to represent each decade of the city’s illustrious history, which is steeped in cowboy lore and retains a true love and respect for all things cat le. You may have heard the expression “all hat and no cat le” which is a put-down for someone who is showy and ostentatious with no substance; you won’t fi nd any such pretense on display, just an honest portrayal of one of our most beloved Western rituals. As you excitedly await the cattle


drive, close your eyes for a moment. Can you hear it? T e jingle of spurs, the clink of payday coins in a shirt pocket and the clomp of dusty, well-worn boots on the wooden sidewalk. Can you smell it? T e grit and sweat of thirsty cowpokes as they stride toward a cool drink and a hot meal. The Fort Worth Herd was created


as part of the city’s sesquicentennial celebration and the city also hired a diverse team of drovers clad in authentic


19th


century clothing and riding horses


mounted with period correct saddles. Twice daily the drovers drive the long- horns along East Exchange Avenue, and you can be there. What fun! To complete the experience, stay in


the Stockyards Hotel, a very special place that truly refl ects the character of Fort Worth, the state of Texas, and the western cat le culture. T e lobby of the hotel features antiques, comfy furniture, and great Old West ambience. You will be following in the footsteps of cowboys, cattle barons, and some of the best- known country-western entertainers. If you hear the stagecoach rat le by in the night, just smile and turn over. The iconic hotel is located in the


center of it all, within walking distance of shopping, dining and, of course, the Cat le Drive. In the historic district, you can sit on saddle bar stools, slice into a juicy steak, enjoy raucous entertainment or shop for the latest in Western wear. You do need a new pair of chaps, right? T ere’s also a steam train to ride. For more informat ion about


the city and things to do, vi sit www.fortworth.com


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