What’s at the Fort Worth Stockyards

How can you visit Fort Worth, TX without stepping foot on the original brick walkways of the momentous Fort Worth Stockyards? This historic district illustrates where Western heritage began and tells the history of the famous livestock industry of Texas. At the Stockyards, guests can explore various Western themed shops and restaurants and experience the excitement of live rodeo action. Enjoy the good old fashioned tunes of country western music from Chief Records or update your wardrobe with a pair of custom made boots from M.L. Leddy’s Boots & Saddlery. Travel through the past as you dine under the tin ceilings of the Star Cafe, built in the early 1900’s. And of course, don’t forget to treat yourself to one of the best burgers in town from the family owned and operated, Hookers Grill.

Not only does the Fort Worth Stockyards provide great food and gifts but offers an assortment of games and activities. Grab some friends and race against the clock at the Cowtown Cattle Pen Maze or take a relaxing horseback ride along the Trinity River when you sign up for a session at the Stockyards Stables. If you think the day is full of non-stop Western culture, then nightlife at the Stockyards is nothing short of that! From the Texas sized dance floor of Billy Bob’s Texas to the local feel of the Basement Bar, Fort Worth Stockyards is the sure destination for an evening filled with fun, laughter and a whole lot of two steppin!

Admission into the Wild West

If you have never experienced the thrills and excitement of a rodeo then you most definitely need to check out the Pawnee Bill Wild West Show. Filled with rope tricks and skilled horseback riding, the show is a reenactment of actual events and stunts from the original Wild West Shows. The Pawnee Bill Wild West Show is held every Saturday at the Cowtown Coliseum. Guests are given the option of two show times, 2:30pm and 4:30pm. Admission into the event is $15 for adults, $8 for children and $11 for seniors. Reserved and preferred box seating is available at an additional cost.

History of Pawnee Bill’s Wild West Show

Pawnee BillGordon W. Lillie, better known as Pawnee Bill, was born in Bloomington, IL on February 14, 1860. He lived out his teenage years in Wellington, KS where his family owned and operated a flour mill. As a young boy, Lillie shared a strong fascination for the Wild West. In his spare time, he would read novels about Buffalo Bill Cody and the Western cultural movement. When Lillie was 15 years old he started a cattle drive in Wichita, KS. He soon migrated south into Indian Territory where he reunited with long time friend, Blue Hawk. Blue Hawk, a tribal elder of the Pawnee Indians, had become acquainted with Lillie during his time in Wellington. Lillie served as an interpreter and secretary to the Pawnee Agency and was dubbed “Pawnee Bill” by the tribe.

In 1883, Lillie and several Pawnee Indians were invited to travel with Buffalo Bill and his new Wild West Show. During his tour, Lillie met May, a Quaker girl from Philadelphia and later married her in 1886. After constant persuasion from May’s family, Lillie was convinced to organize his own Wild West Show. The Pawnee Bill Wild West Show was first held in 1888. The show featured acts from a variety of backgrounds including Mexican Cowboys, Chinese and Japanese performers and Arab jugglers. May, who performed as “Champion Girl Horseback Shot of the West,” was also among the featured acts. Over the next two decades, the Pawnee Bill Wild West Show would undergo several name changes and failed investments until it’s finale in 1913.

Hotel Near the Fort Worth Stockyards

Comfort Inn & Suites Fort Worth West is located within driving distance of the Fort Worth Stockyards. Our hotel offers an abundance of amenities and is conveniently located off I-35W. Surrounded by DFW’s largest attractions, Comfort Inn & Suites Fort Worth provides easy mobility to all your dining and destination needs! Relax at the heated indoor pool or watch your favorite show on our high definition flat screen TV. Enjoy complimentary breakfast and take advantage of free Wifi.


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