Stockyards Wedding Chapel
This chapel is in the Fort Worth's Stockyards National Historical District, and they say they can accommodate from 2 to 100 guests. They actually have TWO wedding chapels - the Hitchin' Post which can take up to 10 guests and the Double Diamond which is the larger one. They also have a new reception area, and rooms for the bride and groom to dress in. Their website says:
"Then, for the perfect ending, make your exit in one of the fabulous antique horse-drawn carriages or mount matching steeds or, even, longhorn steers to ride off into the matrimonial sunset:"
I thought a wedding chapel in the Stockyards shopping and restaurant area was a little odd, but I guess if this is the ambience you want for your wedding, this would be the place.
From Roughriding to Rough Ice
The coliseum in the Stockyards District played host to a Friday night rodeo. It included bull riding and roping in clouds of swirling dust - just what one expects in a place that calls itself CowTown.
Downtown on Saturday night we caught the UNEXPECTED: a hockey game between the CHL Fort Worth Brahmas and the Tulsa Oilers, an icy free-for-all worthy of Ulf Samuelson and Company. (Well, almost.)
No Jumbotron instant replays here. "Offsides" was never called. But a Texas crowd participating in an essentially Canadian game was entertainment in itself. On-ice fights brought the crowd to its feet more than once - there was a strong temptation to shout 'get 'im, cowboy!"
Off ice attractions included some mighty fine cheerleaders. In all, a good show for $5.00. Tickets were available through our hotel concierge and could also be purchased at the gate.
First Masonic Hall In Fort Worth Historical Marker
After many years of debate, Fort Worth researchers identified this site in 1957 as the location of the city's first Masonic lodge. For more than twenty years, lodge members met in a two-story hall at this location. The group organized in 1854 and received its charter the following year as Fort Worth Masonic Lodge No. 148, A.F. & A.M. Members initially rented space for meetings and began construction on their own lodge hall in 1857. The new building offered space for lodge functions on the second floor, which was a single room, and the Masonic group operated a school on the ground level. The first floor space was divided into two rooms and was available for public meetings and church services.
Donated to the lodge by Middleton T. Johnson, the site of the lodge once lay outside the city's populated area. The hall sat well beyond the old fort grounds, and even at about four blocks east of the public square it was built on unplatted land outside the city's business district. Although plain in appearance, the red-brick building signified progress and civilization. Its two stories faced west with a bell tower over the main entrance. In 1871, Lawrence Steel, a member, sold the lodge an English-made bell (c. 1782) that became known as the Masonic bell. It rang to announce stagecoach arrivals, fires and the start of the school day.
By 1878, the Masons had outgrown their lodge hall at this site, and they moved to a new building at Second and Main. Lodge No. 148 has continued to be a strong presence in the community, spawning an additional fifteen lodges in Fort Worth. (2006)
315 E. Belknap (temporarily at Main and Belknap, 3 blocks SW of actual site)
First United Methodist Church
This is a 130 year old church which caught my eye as I was venturing around the city. I just had to venture to this site to take pictures since it was such a beautiful and stunning structure. I have an appreciation for historical buildings, especially those that are still and used today and still loved by those who utilize it. Very lovely church.
800 West Fifth Street Fort Worth, Texas 76102
On the corner of Henderson and W. 7th St.
Bass Performance Hall
This building is a real jewel in the city. It was built entirely with private funds of $67.5m and is the permanent home to the Ft Worth Symphony Orchestra, Ft Worth Dallas Ballet and the Ft Worth Opera. The hall holds 2,056 patrons and is designed in a class European opera house form with an 80ft diameter dome topping the Founders Concert Theatre with 6 levels arranged horseshoe shaped ties and four piano boxes which exist in no other performance space in the world.