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  • Horse Back Riding

    by francisl Written Feb 13, 2012

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    What a great day trip away from all the meetings. We left Dallas at 1pm, headed to Ft. Worth to ride horses and it was the highlight of our trip. Benbrook Stables is the perfect afternoon getaway. The people were the most polite and hospitable of anywhere in the world I have traveled. The horses are beautiful, very well cared for and were all extremely gentle. Two of the ladies in our party have never been around a horse in their life and they still haven't stopped talking about their horses "Chula" and "Cactus." Our guide was a delightful, young woman who really knew her way around a horse. A true Texan born and raised and could ride like she had been doing it before she could walk.
    We plan to make it part of our trip to Texas every year from now on

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    Thomas B. Saunders Family Tarrant Co. Markers

    by Yaqui Written Nov 6, 2011

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    The plaque reads:

    A native of North Carolina, Thomas Bailey Saunders (1816-1902) migrated to Texas in 1850 and started a cattle ranch near Gonzales. After the Civil War he completed cattle drives to markets in New Orleans and Kansas before settling in Bexar County. Two of Saunders' twelve children were also involved in the cattle industry. William David Harris Saunders (1845-1922) helped supply beef for Confederate forces during the Civil War and later became a successful Goliad merchant and rancher. Another son, George Washington Saunders (1854-1933), became a noted trail driver of the 1870s. He later opened a livestock commission in San Antonio. Thomas B. Saunders, II (1872-1929), the son of William, owned a livestock firm in Houston. He later moved here and in 1902 became the first cattle dealer on the Fort Worth Stockyards. He was a pioneer in the transporting of cattle by truck. His son Thomas B. Saunders, III (1906-1974), was involved in extensive ranching operations throughout the Southwest. During the 1930s economic depression, he started a cattle clearinghouse for traders, order buyers, and commission companies. Since the 1850s, Saunders family members have been actively involved in the Texas cattle industry.

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    Cowtown Coliseum 1908

    by Yaqui Updated Nov 6, 2011

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    The plaque reads:
    Until 1908, The Annual Fort Worth Fat Stock Show was held in a variety of locations. As interest increased in the event and its educational and promotional values were realized, livestock exhibitors sought a permanent home for the show. The coliseum was constructed in 1907-08 to provide such an exhibition hall. Construction costs were borne by the Swift and Armour Packing Companies, and by the Fort Worth Stock Yards Company, which owned the property. The stock show was held here annually for 34 years. This site has been within three separate cities: North Fort Worth until 1909; Niles City, 1911-23; and in Fort Worth since 1923. It is the birthplace of the indoor rodeo, and the first live radio broadcast of a rodeo was transmitted here on WBAP Radio in 1923. The Coliseum also has served as a place for cultural, educational, religious, social, and civic events. In 1911, former President Theodore Roosevelt spoke here. Numerous Texas Governors, performing artists, grand operas, entertainers and evangelists have appeared here. The great Italian tenor, Enrico Caruso, performed here in 1920. In 1936, the Stock Yards Company sold the coliseum to the City of Fort Worth. Historically it has been an important part of the city and the livestock industry. (1984)

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    Historic down town Fort Worth

    by Maria250 Updated Aug 10, 2011

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    Again, there are already many detailed & interesting informations about Fort Worth written by many great VTers. Pls take a look at Yaqui's Fort Worth page for getting a great, history related intro on this beautiful Texan spot. Pls take a look as well at Veronica's Fort Worth things-to-do tips, and also at Mark's Fort Worth things-to-do tips, and Kristi's Fort Worth things-to-do tips.

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    Fort Worth Herd Cattle Drive

    by Maria250 Updated Aug 10, 2011

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    The world's only twice daily cattle drive to be seen at 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. The Old West comes to life before your eyes as a team of cowhands drives a herd of longhorns along Exchange Avenue through the Stockyards. Every detail of this cattle drive, from the saddles to the chaps, from the hats to the boots, is authentic and historically true. Free.

    Pls take a look at Mark's cattle drive tip.

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    The Red Steagall Cowboy Gathering

    by Maria250 Updated Aug 10, 2011

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    The Red Steagall Cowboy Gathering is a time to celebrate the heritage of the American cowboy. This is one of the top authentic festivals in the world and all the excitement runs from October 24-26 in the Stockyards National Historic District. Check out the authentic chuck wagon parade and camp, cowboy music, Western swing dances, cowboy trappings and trade show, and so much more. Tickets are on sale now. For ticket purchases or for more information, visit www.redsteagallcowboygathering.com.

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    Stockyards Championship - Rodeo

    by Maria250 Updated Aug 9, 2011

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    Another great event that Mark has organized for our 1st Annual Big Texas VT Meet. Actually I do think one shouldt join a Rodeo if one loves Texas that much like I do. Particulary after watching "8 seconds". How nice, the dude at the mic was greeting those folks that came all the way from Germany. Yeehaw. Now, that I had join my very first Rodeo with all of its calf roping, and other stuff, I really don't know any more what to think about my passion for that bulls, broncs and cowboys thing. No doubt, those guys and gals are hot as hell! But holy cow, did I feel sorry for those tied up calfs. However, it was an extra ordinary experience. Next time though I rather will join the Cowboy Poetry Gather. Pls take a look at Mark's Local Custom tips.

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  • Horseback Riding at Benbrook Stables

    by JenniferLong Written Jul 20, 2011

    So much fun for the whole family. Benbrook Stables is in SW. Fort Worth and its only a 10 minute drive from the Stockyards or downtown.
    The horses are great and everyone in my family has their favorite. We can't wait every year for our annual trip to Fort Worth so that we can head out on the trail. the horses are so gentle and so much fun to ride. We ride in Colorado every year as well but they make us ride in a line. At benbrook Stables, you get to spread out and see all of the lake and downtown.
    It really is so much fun. if you go to Fort Worth, go check it out.

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    Prairie Fest

    by kyoub Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    I am lucky to have a natural area near my home. Tandy Hills Natural Area is a 160 acre indigenous remnant of prairie
    located in the heart of Fort Worth, Texas. The land was obtained by
    the City of Fort Worth Parks Department in the 1960's and
    designated a natural area in 1987. The park is managed by the Fort
    Worth Nature Center and Refuge.

    Springtime is when the area is in bloom and there is a celebration there every April.
    There are guided tours where you will find out the names of all the wildlife and flowers.
    There are many other purple/blue wildflowers besides the bluebonnet. such as, Blue-eyed Grass, Wine Cup, Engelmann's Sage, that paint the prairie.

    Several bands perform during the day, there are several vendors set up with displays in tents.
    It is a great way to spend a few hours on a spring day.

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    The Original Fort Worth Gun Show

    by ATXtraveler Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Most people know that Texans do in fact like guns. This knowledge may have come from movies about famous Cowboys, or maybe Bonnie and Clyde. Either way, we do know that when it comes to being experts in the way of firearms, Texas is the place to be. Fort Worth is well known within Texas as being a biggest city that is still in tune with Texas' past, so when you put the two together, we get one of the best Gun shows across the country. So good in fact, that it has been imitated so often that this one needed to add "The Original" to the title.

    This particular show occurs 5-6 times a year, so check early and often to see when this will be. Also, this show takes place at the Amon G. Carter Exhibit Hall, which is located in close proximity to other museums and sites of interest, so you will likely need to get there early if you want to be close when you park.

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    World's largest wall hung cuckoo clock

    by gr8life Updated Apr 4, 2011

    One of the biggest surprises you will see when you visit the Bavarian Bakery & Cafe is the massive wallmounted Cuckoo Clock that is the largest in the world.

    Imported from Germany, this clock is a classic example of outstanding German craftsmanship. Bring in the whole family and take a picture in front of our clock. It is truly a sight to behold!

    Bakery Hours
    Monday thru Saturday
    8 AM - 5:30 PM
    Lunch Hours
    Monday thru Saturday
    10:30 AM - 4 PM
    Dinner Hours
    Friday & Saturday
    5:30 PM - 9 PM

    Cuckoo clock at Bavarian Bakery & Cafe
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    Botanic Garden

    by mafootje Updated Apr 4, 2011

    We went here just by accident....we parked here and bought a ticket and walk through the gardens.

    They had an indoor part with a tropical atmosfere and a outdoor garden with a field made out of all kinds of grass...

    Well the rest of the garden was nice to, it wasn't to crowded so we just enjoyed the silence...

    If your in the area and want to have a break just go here to get some rest and peace..

    Flowers and more
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    Fort Worth Santa Fe Rail Market

    by Yaqui Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Update 2010: Seems the economy is takings it tolls on everyone. This place is not as popular as it use to be. Yet the building is still being loved and taken care of. A wonderful historical piece being preserved still.

    2005:Another treasure to be discovered and I most certainly enjoyed strolling through the market because it had all this wonderful aroma of smells of food. Lots of little gifts too! I just appreciate it when I see a wonderful peace of history restored and to see life milling around in such an historical building is wonderful. People add charm to a building.
    Check it out when your there!:-) It's located in the Santa Fe Warehouse. Hours: 10-6PM

    Treasure!2005
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    Worlds Largest Bird House? ~The Tower

    by Yaqui Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Update 2010: Great news, there was talk of tearing it down, but they didn't and restored it beautifully and was converted into Condo's. Cough..Cough, some very expensive condos. Never the less, she was saved and is lovely.

    On March 28, 2000 a Tornado ripped through the Fort Worth downtown area killing 5, injuring over a 100 and creating 500 million dollars of property damage to Fort Worth, and surrounding suburbs. Since then the Bank One Tower built 1982 and the fifth tallest in the city has been know to the locals as a Texas Size Bird House and then Plywood Scraper. Even though structurally still sound it was scheduled to be demolished.

    When it was a bird house The Tower is in the middle
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    Botanic Gardens

    by aeroanthony Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Expansive lawns, vast forested grounds, aromatic Rose Gardens, the vital Perennial Garden, the redolent perfume of the Fragrance Garden, and a vibrant and vigorous Conservatory are just a sampling of the gardens that await you at the Fort Worth Botanical Gardens.

    This is an execellent place to get away from the hustle of daily life. Settling on the lawns with a bottle of wine and a basket of fine cheeses, fruits, vegetables, and breads makes an excellent picnic while attending the summer's "Concerts in the Garden". I can't say enough about the people that attend to the gardens' success. If you are in Fort Worth, at least stop by for a picnic lunch and enjoy the lush greenery in a world-class setting.

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