This Halloween, Enjoy ‘Treat Street’ at Fort Worth Stockyards Station

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Ghosts and goblins, spooks galore. It’s time for Treat Street!

Gather up your ghouls and head over to Stockyards Station on October 31st. Dress your best for the costume contest, put your creative skills to the test with pumpkin decorating, and trick-or-treat at the Stockyards Station shops. It’s sure to be a frightful night!

after 018The witching hour begins at 6 p.m. and ends at 8 p.m. All activities will occur at Stockyards Station at 140 East Exchange Avenue in the Fort Worth Stockyards.

We know Holt Hickman would be proud to see such a fun, family-friendly event being hosted at a place he so loved and nurtured. We’re proud to honor his legacy through our commitment to preserving and protecting the Fort Worth Stockyards.

Treat Street is free and open to the public. Find more information and plan your visit at

Stockyards Station and The Revival of the Fort Worth Stockyards

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In 1992, Fort Worth community leaders began brainstorming ways to revive the city’s declining economy. Visionaries Holt Hickman and Lyda Hill had an idea.

Through investment and hard work, Holt and Lyda spearheaded the development of Stockyards Station Market, known today simply as Stockyards Station. Nestled in the heart of the Fort Worth Stockyards on East Exchange Avenue, the 85,000 square-foot development opened to the public on December 11, 1992.

BPLocated in renovated hog and sheep pens once home to more than 83 million animals,  Stockyards Station was made up of 20 stores featuring antiques, leather goods, furniture, restaurants and galleries.

Through a great friendship with Bill Davis, owner of the Fort Worth & Western Railroad, visitors were able to catch the Tarantula Steam Train-named after the map which depicted spider-like tracks-and ride along the Chisholm Trail following the Trinity River. Today, you can still enjoy a trip along the Trinity or take the train along the historic Cotton Belt Route to Grapevine in newly renovated coaches pulled by antique engines.

“Wild West Image Revived to Attract Tourism, Rescue Economy” and “Fort Worth Leaders Return City to Cowtown Roots” were just two of many newspaper headlines that attracted visitors to the restored area.

“Cowboys and the Wild West became Fort Worth’s favorite image to attract tourist dollars to rescue its faltering economy. The image seems only natural, after all Fort Worth always has been proud of its western heritage and has been touted since the turn of the 20th century as ‘Where the West Begins.’ ” – Bill May, Journal Record Staff Reporter (1992)

Today, the Fort Worth Stockyards hold that same western heritage and charm, with even more attractions. The Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame, Cowtown Cattlepen Maze, or watching cattle being sold in the Livestock Exchange are just a few of the attractions you can explore at Stockyards Station today.

Hungry? The Station can cure any craving. From barbeque to Mexican, there’s something for everyone. Try the beef brisket at Riscky’s or sip a refreshing margarita at Habanero’s. And don’t leave without stopping by Barbara’s Custom Hats for the perfect cowboy hat or The Candy Barrel to satisfy your sweet tooth.

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“The dedication of the Hickman / Hill ownership to have a long term vision has moved the Stockyards from an unsafe, unkept, disrespected part of town to the thriving tourism destination that celebrates Fort Worth’s history of the cattle industry. Had it not been for their foresight and fortitude to wait out the early years, we could not celebrate the 3 million visitors we enjoy today.”-Gary Brinkley, General Manager of Stockyards Station

Thanks to Holt’s and Lyda’s vision, Stockyards Station has become a lively entertainment center. Plan your trip to the Old West today at

The Fort Worth Herd: An Authentic Western Experience

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The years following the Civil War were difficult for many Southerners. Governments in many states ceased to exist and the economy was in a state of turmoil. Texas became a ray of light during this dark time. A valuable resource roamed the land — Texas longhorns. A longhorn in Texas was worth next to nothing, but when driven north, the cattle sold for upwards of $40 each – a significant sum at the time.

In 1866, six million longhorns were driven by cowboys over 500 miles from Texas to Kansas, a three-month long journey. A trail boss led the crew the crew of cowboys, cooks and wranglers along the now historic Chisholm Trail. Fort Worth was the last stop on their trek to Kansas to stock up on necessary supplies. Returning home, it was the first stop to get some much needed rest. With fierce determination and endurance, Texas cowboys helped revive a depressed economy.

Today, we commemorate these brave cowboys through the Fort Worth Herd. Every day, rain or shine, 16 Texas longhorns make their way down Exchange Avenue through the heart of the Stockyards. The Herd made its first drive on June 12, 1999 before 15,000 spectators. Today, this twice-daily cattle drive is the only one of its kind in the world. A celebration of Fort Worth heritage, every detail of the drive from boots to chaps is period correct.

Freckles, Lucky, Maverick, and The Herd’s youngest member, Norman, are just a few of the steers you’ll see in the cattle drive. Each of the 16 longhorns represents a decade of Fort Worth’s 160-year history.

Holt Hickman, visionary behind the Stockyards Heritage initiative, remembered visits to the Stockyards as a boy. He and his father brought cattle to the area to buy and sell. Holt was excited when the City of Fort Worth began The Herd. He and his family have proudly provided accommodations for the Fort Worth Herd horses and longhorns at no cost for more than 16 years.

Through our preservation efforts in the Stockyards, we’re proud to honor Holt’s legacy and to provide a safe, family-friendly environment where visitors can enjoy The Herd for years to come. Learn more about the Fort Worth Herd on or see it for yourself by visiting the Stockyards. Drives are held at 11:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily.

Planning to visit the Fort Worth Herd? Share your photos on social media with #StockyardsHeritage.

Thanks to Lola Lavender for these beautiful pictures.