The Texas Trail of Fame

By Tumbleweed Smith.

“Being in the stockyards makes you feel like a cowboy and you act like one, walking with a swagger wearing boots and a hat.” - A citizen of Norway visiting Fort Worth. When the railroad got to Fort Worth in 1876, the city became a cattleshipping point. The area by the railroad where the cattle were kept in pens became known as The Stockyards. Swift and Armour meat companies set up shop there and soon a neighborhood sprang up, with cafes, saloons, western wear stores and saddle shops. The anchor for the stockyards was the Exchange Building, where cattle barons bought and sold. Because of the high volume of business it was called the Wall Street of the West.
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