Seeing Is Believing
“Where are the plans for the Stockyards, and why can’t we see them?”
These are questions asked repeatedly. Now in addition to telling you, we can also show you.
Before information is passed along to the public, Stockyards Heritage (Fort Worth Heritage Development, LLC) has taken painstaking efforts to ensure that details are solidified and have been confirmed. A project of this size and importance requires vigilant planning and consultation with numerous local partners including architects, engineers and historians as well as community leaders.
Stockyards Heritage has done its due diligence with extensive research and planning. We’ve also ensured that we hired the right team made up of seasoned professionals in the fields of preservation, design and infrastructure.
Bennett Benner Partners – the architect of record – has released the first official renderings of phase one of the revitalization project, and we knew you’d like a chance to check them out.
What People Are Saying
“It is sad seeing the Swift Buildings, once a thriving industry, with only a few remnants left. Time has not been kind and the buildings are in a significant state of deterioration, having been subjected to fires, vandalism, theft and mother nature. With our mission of preserving the history and culture of the Stockyards, we have agreed to work with Majestic and we believe their Stockyards Heritage Trail concept, their investment in saving and restoring the horse and mule barns, and their scheduling of future livestock auctions is a step in the right direction to ensure the history, fabric, and story of this national treasure will continue. For that, we and future generations are most thankful.”
— Ms. Marty Humphrey
President | North Fort Worth Historical Society
“Without investment, the Stockyards will continue to crumble and we will have little if any living history remaining. The Majestic investment means new life and hope that much of the Stockyards history not only survives but will be told and experienced in ways future generations will embrace. This change is good and needed.”
— Pam Minick
Co-owner | Billy Bob’s Texas
“In a perfect world, we would have long ago saved many of the structures that are now falling down and being removed. We live in the real world and it’s financially impossible to save everything, always. Thankfully we have a private landowner who is going to save many of our historic Stockyards places and then spend a bunch of money to present them to future generations. Their investment, done right and respectfully, should be understood and appreciated.”
— Jim Lane
North Fort Worth resident and business owner
Former Fort Worth City Council member
“Generations of the Hickman Family will enjoy the Stockyards Heritage Trail and learn about the efforts their grandfather Holt undertook to save and preserve our history. Many of our friends who worked at Swift and Company decades ago will know their grandkids will now be able to stand where their grandfather or grandmother worked. This is as it should be and I thank all who are making Holt’s longtime dream and our community’s hope, a reality.”
– Jo Hickman
Wife of Mr.Holt Hickman
“We can celebrate our history until it is gone, or we can celebrate our history by preserving as much as possible. The latter is what Majestic is doing. Today ends the era of demolition by neglect and begins the preservation of what can be saved. That’s good.”
— Barry Cooper
Owner | Cooper’s Bar-B-Que
“The Stockyards Heritage Trail is just the type of historical project and vision we expected from our partners at Majestic. This is why their investment is so important to the Stockyards. I congratulate Ed Roski and his Majestic team for this terrific initiative.”
– Mayor Betsy Price
Mayor of Fort Worth
“We really value the applicant’s (Stockyards Heritage’s) emphasis on in-kind repairs to the structure and removal of the non-original portions including the barn that burned and was rebuilt with inconsistent materials in the ’50s/’60s. Removing the non-original enclosure between mule alley and marine creek on the western building will add a connection piece to the creek and will increase interest to the buildings. We found the planned alterations and restorations along the east and west walls were compatible with the historic structure and not detrimental to its significance.”
— Kate Schwartz
Preservation Resource Center Manager, Historic Fort Worth, Inc