Stockyards National Historic District – Ft. Worth, TX
The Fort Worth Stock Yards, officially incorporated in 1893, swiftly became the epicenter of the largest livestock market in Texas, grew to be the biggest market south of Kansas City, and finally ranked among the top five nationwide for five decades. Serving as supply depot for the Chisholm Trail, the major route out of Texas for livestock, started Fort Worth on its path to Cowtown capital. But it was the arrival of the railroad and the ambition of its business leaders that drove the city’s success. Recognizing the potential, local businessmen began expanding the stockyard facilities beyond its feedlots. Diversification in Fort Worth’s livestock industry included railroad cattle terminals, meatpacking plants, grain elevators for feed, livestock-pharmaceutical manufacturers, a horse, mule, and hog market, and its expansion into sheep soon turned it into the largest sheep market in the nation. A permanent change in the nature of the livestock industry and its decentralization wouldn’t begin until the middle of the 20th century, allowing the Fort Worth Stockyards to hold on until 1992, when the market finally closed after its final livestock auction. However, rather than allowing the enterprise to go the way of other abandoned stockyards in the state, Fort Worth business leaders once again saw opportunity for growth and today a Stockyards National Historic District, with its restored mercantile buildings and network of corrals and feedlots, preserves the city’s grand past. The District covers fifteen square blocks where entertainment, restaurants, shops, a daily cattle drive, and rodeos all drive a visitor experience worthy of Texas’ Cowtown Capital.
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Local ranch brands are burned into the counter, vintage western paintings, handmade spurs and bits adorn the walls of this small diner just south of Terral, Oklahoma. Catfish, chicken strips, calf fries and steak finger sandwiches are a few of the short menu items. Dessert is pies. Beer is ice cold! Tartar sauce like nobody’s business. Doug’s T-shirts are a popular item with travelers. Opened since 1948, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.
Located in downtown Waukomis, the Little Bit of Seattle Coffee Shop is the go-to place for your caffeine needs. The coffee shop features nine new varieties of gelato and sorbetto daily, Big Train blended coffees and cremes in 10 flavors like vanilla bean and dulce de leche, Italian sodas, specialty teas from MarketSpice Tea Shop and sweet treats like biscotti, dessert bars, gourmet cookies and muffin tops. Get your daily caffeine fix and snack on English toffee biscotti and lemon poppyseed muffin tops from Seattle’s Favorite Gourmet Cookies & Dessert Company.
SaltCreek Casino, located in Pocasset, Oklahoma, is the first casino to open in Grady County, Oklahoma. It is the 18th casino owned and operated by the Chickasaw Nation.
Smokin Joe’s Rib Ranch features a wide variety of barbecue items including smoked ribs, pulled pork, chopped beef and smoked brisket as well as delicious homemade sides. At the end of a delicious meal, try to save some room for a one-of-a-kind dessert, Strawberries on a Cloud. Smokin Joe’s offers dine-in, takeout, and catering services. Located in Rush Springs, there is always a hungry crowd enjoying great barbeque.
Welcome to Eischen’s Antique Bar…
the oldest bar in the state of Oklahoma! Eischen’s Saloon was established in 1896 by Peter Eischen and was open until Statehood and Prohibition. Eischen’s Bar opened shortly after the end of Prohibition by Nick & Jack Eischen, son and grandson of Peter Eischen.
The massive back bar, a vital part of the history of Eischen’s was hand carved in Spain in the early 1800s. During the Gold Rush it was shipped to California. It was lost in time until it was brought to Okarche in 1950 for the enjoyment of all who stopped by Eischen’s. On January 21, 1993, fire destroyed Eischen’s and one of the things remaining is a small part of the antique back bar.
Hours Mon – Sat 10am – 10pm
Closed Sunday, Major Holidays
No credit cards – cash or personal check only / ATM onsite
No tea or coffee
Reservations for large groups Mon – Thurs only.
109 S. 2nd Street, Okarche, OK 73762
Howdy Partners on the CT (Chisholm Trail) 150!
We hope you are planning for the busy upcoming CT150 Celebration! Our Trail Boss’s Chuckwagon Catering Outfit would like to be a part of some of the events you have planned or some still in the making.
We have a complete “Old West” Chuckwagon and bring this Western Atmosphere to every event/activity we participate in. We have done pancake breakfasts for over 1000 to steak dinner for 400 – nothing too big for our chuckwagon outfit.
Catering for Wagon Trains (Wyoming and Oregon), Historical celebrations, weddings, anniversaries, family reunions to US citizenship celebrations, Mormon Trek’s and many birthday parties. We are proud of the service we have been providing to “Western Enthusiasts” for over 30 years.
Please take a look at our web site www.chuckwagoncatering.net to see if you might want to include a real “Chuckwagon” in this historic years events/activities. We love bringing our “event planning “experience and our delicious meals to organizations. Be it breakfast, dinner or supper – please give us a call to explore the possibilities of bringing a real “Chuckwagon” experience to your community.
Wishing you the very best as you enter into this historic time of our “Old West” history and the 150th Anniversary of the Chisholm Trail.
Remember: Eat a hearty breakfast and Ride a Fast Horse!
Don Meyer – Trail Boss Sharon R. Meyer – Ramrod