There is much to be thankful for this year! Exciting things have been happening in the Fort Worth Stockyards recently, all while you’ve shared with us just how much each one of you cares about its history, its heritage and its preservation.
We each have our own reasons for loving the Stockyards. For some, it’s about personal history.
Many of you have relatives who worked at Armour & Company, laid the bricks on Exchange Avenue or were inducted into the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame. Others will forever remember the Stockyards as the place where they first fell in love, were married, and now visit with their children.
Some of the memories you’ve shared with us involve famous events and venues, such as bringing the kids to Treat Street for Halloween at Stockyards Station, seeing Cowboy Santa ride down Exchange Avenue during Christmas in the Stockyards, or catching a show at Billy Bob’s Texas.
The Stockyards represents decades of rich Texas history. Fort Worth was the last stop for weary cattle drivers along the Chisholm Trail, is home to the first indoor rodeo, and is one of the greatest livestock and meatpacking hubs in the country.
And we can’t forget the people who have made the Fort Worth Stockyards so great, like our dear friend Holt Hickman and his family. His never-ending commitment to the place he called “the center of the universe” is a big reason the Fort Worth Stockyards have become such a popular tourist destination.
We’re also grateful for Billy and Pam Minick for the hard work and resources they put into Billy Bob’s Texas over the years, branding it as a legendary venue for thousands of entertainers.
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we’d like to say thank you. We’re honored to be a part of the Fort Worth Stockyards. We understand its special character – and, like you, we cherish it.
Happy Thanksgiving and God Bless Texas.
Thank you to Lola Lavender for the gorgeous image of the Texas Longhorn!