Great Place to host a VT meeting
Fort Worth was a great place to host the 1st Annual Big Texas VT Meet. It had a little bit of everything, with a good history, great Western activities, a few museums, and of course plenty of good food.
If you are planning a meeting, or just traveling to Fort Worth, add some or all of these things to your itinerary:
Friday September 26th
6:30pm till ??
Cattlemens Steakhouse - 2458 N Main St, Fort Worth, TX 76164
Sundance Square Bars and Honky Tonks
Saturday September 27th
9am Early Risers (suggestion)
Moes Café 4705 River Oaks Blvd, Fort Worth, TX 76114 (817) 378-9262
10am-2pm (or so)
Ft. Worth Museum District 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd, Ft. Worth, TX
Several Choices: Kimbell Art Museum, National Cowgirl Hall of Fame, Amon Carter Museum, Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame
12 noon Lunch Suggestion Authentic Texas BBQ
Railhead Smokehouse 2900 Montgomery St, Fort Worth, TX
2pm to 4pm Leisure or longer at museums
4pm Historical Exhibition Cattle Drive
Ft. Worth Herd Cattle Drives 131 E. Exchange Avenue (in Stockyards)
5:30pm Official VT Meeting Dinner Tex-Mex
Joe T. Garcias 2201 N Commerce St, Fort Worth, TX 76106
8pm Official VT Meeting Event Texas Western Rodeo
Stockyards Championship Rodeo 121 E. Exchange Ave. Fort Worth, TX 76164
Sunday September 28th
All Day Recommendation World Class Zoo
Fort Worth Zoo 1989 Colonial Parkway, Fort Worth, TX 76110
Thanks for coming!
The Haltom Clock
As we walked around Ft. Worth's Sundance Square, we came across this interesting clock outside Haltom's Jewelry store. I snapped the picture, then did a little research once we arrived back home.
Haltom's was established in 1893 on Sixth and Main streets. In the early 1900's, they added a Howard clock to the outside of the shop. This clock originally had an eight-day wind mechanism, which was done once a week on a Saturday.
After WWII, Haltoms replaced the old mechanism with a new electric one. In order to locate it at their new address (317 Main street) in 1988, Ft. Worth officials had to grant a special dispensation so that it could be moved here. I think it certainly adds a distinctive look to the street corner!
This unique clock was refurbished in 2006 and given an atomic mechanism, which uses radio waves to keep perfect time.
Live Pro Bull Riding
Billy Bob's is the first and the largest night club in the US to have live Bull Riding on real bulls, not mechanical ones. The have been operating their arena for 20 years and 25,000 bulls have been ridden there. Professional and semi-professional riders buck and bounce on the backs of 1,800 - 2,000 lb bulls. The Bull Riding Arena is in the far corner next to the Let'er Buck Saloon. The performances are every Friday and Saturday nights and the rodeo cowboys compete for cash prizes.
FT. Worth~Where the West Begins~Historical Marker
Founded June 6, 1849, as frontier post of Co. F., 2nd Dragoons, 8th Dept., U.S. Army. The commander, Maj. Ripley Arnold, named camp for his former superior officer, Maj. Gen William Jenkins Worth. In 4 years of operations, the post had but one serious Indian encounter. A town grew up alongside the fort, as center for supply stores and stagecoach routes. In 1856 Fort Worth became county seat of Tarrant County. A boom started after 1867 when millions of longhorns were driven through town en route to Red River Crossing and Chisholm Trial. Herds forded the Trinity below Courthouse Bluff, one block north of this site. Cowboys got supplies for the long uptrail drive and caroused in taverns and dance halls. After railroad arrived in 1876, increased cattle traffic won city the nickname of "Cowtown". By 1900, Fort Worth was one of world's largest cattle markets. Population tripled between 1900 and 1910. Growth continued, based on varied multimillion-dollar industries of meat packing, flour milling, grain storage, oil, aircraft plants and military bases. Fort Worth also has developed as a center of culture, with universities, museums, art galleries, theatres and a botanic garden.
Located at the northwest corner of Houston & W. Belknap Streets, Fort Worth.
Samuel Burk Burnett Park Businessman Statue
This statue is huge and must be over or at least 50 feet high. It is very impressive to see this structure stand up on its own.
Seems while researching about this piece of artwork, or to some is a giant size cookie cutter. While the city was finding room to install the structure they had to removed some very old trees. The parks service said they relocated these trees to other parks to be preserved, but not without angering many because they had a huge protest about it.
Still, as you look up into the sky at this statue whether is has the blue with clouds floating by behind it or up against the city business buildings, it is impressive. I had to touch it! I can appreciate the artistry in it. You must go take a look at for sure.
Location is at Cherry Ave and W. 7th St.