Travelodge Midtown Fort Worth
1401 South University Drive, (formerly Ramada Inn Midtown), Fort Worth, Texas, 76107, United States
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Camo Rhino - Fort Worth Zoo
Outside the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall Fame
I have family coming in from Louisiana this weekend(Dec 16 '04). I have been here sense 1998 and I have no idea were to drive to see great Christmas Lights. If anyone out there that knows of some good places in Fort Worth/Arlington area I would so much appreciate your great idea's.
FYI... Please think cheap/free due we have Kids involved in this planning. For thoese who have kids knows how expensive it can get for entertainment.
Re: Christmas Lights
The place to go is the Interlochen neighborhood in Arlington. I've only been once, but it was impressive.
As I remember, it was also quite busy with other people driving around.
I also found the following list, which might be helpful:
Travel Tips for Fort Worth
Visit the Historic Stockyards...
Visit the Historic Stockyards north of downtown Fort Worth! There you'll get a flavor for the 'Old West' and have a chance to do some really great shopping. Billy Bob's is the 'World's Largest Indoor Honkey Tonk' located in the Stockyards. There you can watch bull riding on Friday or Saturday nights, dance the two-step, play pool, watch cowboys and cowgirls, sip a tasty drink, and enjoy a great featured performer in concert. There are many fine golf courses in the greater Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. I have many awesome friends in the community that are Finnish or have an interest in Finland.
Interesting Visits and Facts
John F. Kennedy is one of many presidents to have visited Ft Worth. He had his last dinner here, and spent his last night at what is now the Radison Hotel (downtown).
Lee Harvey Oswald attended school in Ft Worth, at Clayton Public School, Arlington Heights Elementary, Ridglea West Elementary and Arlington Heights High School . There is also the possibility that attended Stripling Junior High. And of course, he is buried in Ft Worth at Rose Hill Memorial Burial Park, 7301 East Lancaster Ave, Ft Worth Texas.
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid visited Ft Worth to relax at Mary Porter's brothel (since closed). Ft Worth is also where they met Etta Place, who joined them for their Bolivian trip.
Bonnie and Clyde stayed at the Stockyards Hotel when they visited Ft Worth.
"Squeaky" Fromme is rumoured to be currently residing in the Women's Federal Prison Hospital in Ft Worth. “Squeaky” or Lynnette, attempted to assassinate President Gerald Ford (September 5, 1975). She was found guilty of attempted murder (November 26, 1975) and sentenced to life in prison (December 17, 1975)
Moon-walking Astronaut Alan L. Bean and Singer John Denver also attended Arlington Heights High School .
Theodore Roosevelt was the first U.S. president to visit Ft Worth. On April 8, 1905 T.R. arrived to go wolf hunting with Burk Burnett, W.T. Waggoner, and Commanche Chief Quanah Parker. Quanah Parker was the last Chief of the Commanches and never lost a battle to the white man. His was the last tribe in the Staked Plains to come into the reservation system.
(Initial info taken from http://www.webpages4u.com/ftworth/notable.htm and elaborated on by writer)
Although I have been to Ft. Worth, I haven't actually done this yet, but I have researched the subject, in preparation for my next visit. and this tour is definitely on my 'must do' list.
Ft. Worth District
Hell's Half Acre Historical Marker
The plaques reads:
A notorious red light district known as Hell's Half Acre developed in this section of Fort Worth after the arrival of the Texas and Pacific Railway in 1876 launched a local economic boom. Fort Worth was soon the favorite destination for hundreds of cowboys, buffalo hunters, railroad workers, and freighters eager to wash off the trail dust and enjoy themselves. To meet the demand, a large number of saloons, dance halls, gambling houses, and bordellos opened between the Courthouse Square and the railroad depot. Illegal activities in Hell's Half Acre were tolerated by city officials because of their importance to the town's economy. The district prospered in the 1880s and added to Fort Worth's growing reputation as a rowdy frontier town. Famous gamblers Luke Short, Bat Masterson and Wyatt Earp and outlaws Sam Bass, Eugene Bunch, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid are known to have spent time in Hell's Half Acre. A 1906 newspaper headline calling the district Fort Worth's den of sin and refuge of criminals was representative of periodic efforts to clean up the district. These efforts proved unsuccessful until Army officials at Camp Bowie, established here during World War I, helped local officials shut the district down. (1993)
Located off Houston and 12th Street, next to the Fort Worth Water Gardens
Super Antique Shop
My husband and I love wandering the aisles of antique shops, so have searched out a few since moving to Texas. The Montgomery Street Antique Mall was recommended by several people, so while hubby was away on business a friend and I dropped in to see what all they had.
We picked a great day to visit. Not only were they celebrating the 12th year of business, but most items were 20% off and champagne was being served in recognition of the occasion.
I was a little overwhelmed at first glance, but after a moment jumped right in! There was aisle after aisle of antiques of all types and over 240 vendors. Everything and anything was here. I found some Fiesta ware--brightly colored dishes from the 50's--to add to my newly started collection. The prices seemed to be reasonable, in comparing them to similar pieces I've recently purchased.
I've noticed most antique shops include a small tearoom. In this case, it was the Secret Garden Restaurant . Hours for the antique mall are Mon.-Sat. 10 am-6pm; Sun. 12n-6pm.
UPDATE: We stopped by after the Stock Show and Rodeo and found that many vendors had sales going on once again--this is a great place! Anything with some age---you name it! A place this large has to have what you're looking for... Moderate to pricey
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