Travel with Val: Fort Worth still has Texas sized drive for cattle
Visitors in Fort Worth, Texas can check out a real life cattle drive and rodeo and channel their inner cowgirl or cowboy. Valarie D’Elia has more.
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The Old West is still alive and kicking in present day Fort Worth, Texas. The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall Of Fame lets visitors kick up some dust with the best of 'em.
"Any female who has somehow shaped the American West, we've got them here," said Diana Vela of the National Cowgirl Museum. "We have got a traveling trunk from Annie Oakley. She would travel with the Buffalo Bill Wild West Show. We have got an amazing rhinestone saddle that was made for Judy Lynn. It is gorgeous. It's got over 7,000 rhinestones in it."
Fort Worth also lays claim to the world's only existing daily cattle drive in the Stockyards National Historic District.
"We represent the cattle drives that came through Fort Worth on the Chisholm Trail in the late 1800s to try to stimulate Texas' economy," said John Piepho, a drover of the Fort Worth Herd.
Visitors can catch the Fort Worth Herd twice daily, lumbering down Exchange Avenue with their characteristic longhorns measuring up to seven feet across.
There is way more livestock where that came from at the annual Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo in mid-January. The 23 day event attracts nearly a million visitors each year.
"We’re 117 years old this year. It's just a great way to showcase the western way of life, the world of agriculture to people who might not be familiar with it," said Shanna Weaver of the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo.
Once visitors get their fill of livestock, there's four acres of shopping to graze through. Rodeo tickets are $19 or $25 per person, which includes general admission to the grounds.
Fort Worth is about 30 miles west of Dallas, so travelers can fly into either Love Field or Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.