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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Established in 1982, the Sid Richardson Museum features paintings by Frederic Remington and Charles M.Russell of the 19th century American West during westward expansion. The legendary Texas oilman and philanthropist, Sid W. Richardson, amassed one of the most significant private collections of Remington’s and Russell’s in the United States. In addition to works by Remington and Russell, his collection includes paintings by other “old masters” of Western art: Oscar E. Berninghaus – a founding member of the Taos Society of Artists, Charles F. Browne, Edwin W. Deming, William Gilbert Gaul, Herbert M. Herget, Frank Tenney Johnson, William R. Leigh, Peter Moran and Charles Schreyvogel. Admission is free to the museum, which offers free tours and public education programs for children/families, teens and adults. The Museum Store has unique Western-themed items. Open daily except for major holidays.
You’ll get a western welcome when you walk in the door of the Buzzard’s Nest Trading Post in Comanche, Oklahoma, and a ya’ll come back now, when you leave. Owned by sole proprietor Diane Gann, established in 2007, the Buzzard’s Nest has everything from new handbags to unusual found jewelry and antiques, home decor, the latest in fashions, and so much more.
“We have lots of friendly faces, it’s a family run business unless the family runs away,” says Diane. “Every time you visit you will find new items.”
Store proprietor Allen Wooten has been collecting instruments and country music memorabilia for over 10 years. Much of his instrument collection is for sale. Every Thursday evening, he hosts an acoustic session in his Cowboy Opry venue, along with something to eat if you’re hungry. It’s kind of like the Bluebird Café of Southern Oklahoma. There’s plenty of stories, music and things to see and share at this little store which sits at the intersection of US Highway 81 and Oak Main in Comanche. He also offers music lessons for those who want to learn a lil’ pickin’.
Ryan Drugstore was established in 1924 and continues to serve residents of this small farming community, population 816 in the 2010 census. In the back of the drugstore, there is an old fashioned Coca-Cola display that is an attraction. Outside, a window display features old pharmacy bottles from the days of the Indian Territory. To get there, go south on US 81 from Waurika, 11 miles. At the intersection of the town, you will see the welcome sign, proclaiming Gateway to the Chisholm Trail. Turn right, or go west and the drugstore is in the middle of the block.
The gift shop at the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center has a variety of souvenir items for all ages. Postcards, T-shirts, mugs, novelty items like keychains and hat pins. A growing selection of books include regional, cowboy poetry, Chisholm Trail history, cookbooks, Oklahoma history and children’s books. Our candy selection features Bedre’ chocolates, and western-style snacks, like Cow Tales, Beef Jerky, wax mustache lips, and scorpion suckers, to name a few. Other unique items are DVDs about life on the Chisholm Trail. New items are added constantly to reflect the growing interest in the history of the old west, Native American cultures and Oklahoma.
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.
Where you can pick up the perfect old or new gift for that someone special. Our building was built in 1901 by C.B. Campbell (one of Minco’s founders) as a dry goods store. It was sold to John Markle in 1920 and became Markle Grocery until 1979. It was occupied by different owners until 2001 when it was sold to Jerry and Deana Walje. They opened the bottom part of the building into an antiques and gift store plus they had a place for Tanning and Toning. In 2011 they added a soda fountain with fresh hot chocolate chip cookies. In 2012 they finished the remodeling of the upstairs and open the area for more antiques. They removed the toning beds at this time to make room for more vendors and now a flower shop named Petals and Pinecones. There is also a massage studio Nancy’s BodyWorks and a computer repair PC’s Bobs.
THE VINTAGE BARN
SHABBY CHIC BOUTIQUE
12811 S Hwy 81, 2 Miles South of Waukomis, Ok 73773
Directly off of the Historic Chisolm Trail
Sherri (580) 231-0838
Julie (949) 943-4305
The Vintage Barn is a one of a kind shabby chic boutique that offers custom, handcrafted furniture and home décor. Local grass roots, small business owner and designer, Sherri Curtis has an amazing talent for transforming, designing and decorating!
Sherri grew up in a very modest home and worked with her grandmother as a little girl, learning very quickly how to turn other people’s furniture into beautiful treasures. Bringing life to vintage and abandoned items, turning them into beautiful pieces of work and bringing smiles to people’s faces is her passion! The Vintage Barn is a lifelong dream of hers that she is thrilled to share with people from all over!
About three years ago, Sherri and her husband turned an old salvage yard off of the historic Chisolm Trail on highway 81 into a charming country home for their family. They restored the barn on the property into a quaint shabby chic boutique filled with Sherri’s work. The Vintage Barn offers a unique local shopping experience with a comforting “at home feel” where one room of beautiful, one of a kind, reasonably priced pieces and décor seamlessly flows into the next.
Stumbling across this diamond in the ruff after moving from California to Enid, Oklahoma, Julie Matula realized the beauty of this shop and began to spread the word about this special place. Because of her deep belief in what Sherri has to offer, she began promoting The Vintage Barn through social media and was encouraged to introduce her own inspired designs to the store.
The Vintage Barn is owned and operated by two small town ladies, passionate about doing what they love to do, providing quality, one of a kind items that make other people happy!
Normal operating hours are Saturdays 10:00-4:00 and Sundays 1:00-4:00
Please call Julie (949) 943-4305 or Sherri (580) 231-0838 to make arrangements to visit during weekdays.