We start to explore some of the areas around our new home with a day trip to the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District, a district packed with museums, historic sites, 14 restaurants, 13 bars, and multiple entertainment venues in the restored horse and mule barns of the stockyards and the old train station. Not to mention, the twice-a-day cattle drive down the main street and Billy Bob's, the world's largest honky-tonk.
Between 1866 and 1980, drovers headed more than four million head of cattle through Fort Worth and the city became known as "Cowtown." When the railroad arrived in 1876, Fort Worth became a major shipping point for livestock, at which time the city built the Union Stockyards, later renamed the Fort Worth Stockyards Company. The investors in the stockyards realized that instead of shipping cattle off to other markets to be processed, they would be better off building meat packing plants nearby to keep the business in the city and, around 1900, they persuaded Armour & Co. and Swift & Co. to build plants near the Stockyards.