A Visit to the Stockyards

Have you ever been wanting to do something for a long time and finally got a chance? I had been itching to visit the Fort Worth Stockyards since forever so Friday a week ago I hooked up with my sister, Jan, and we did it. Some things didn’t go quite right.

For instance, the Stonehouse where we stayed didn’t quite measure up for two old ladies. It was probably a boardinghouse at one time and consisted of only 8 rooms and the floors were wood and creaky. Our room was downstairs, right next to the front door. Mistake #1. The walls were paper thin and we heard everyone going in and out. Mistake #2. The Stonehouse was right beside the Whiskey Girl Saloon. (Re-read my note about the thin walls and no insulation) We heard every song they played. In fact, it sounded like were there in the saloon until it closed at 1:00. Then two men had a fight at our bedroom window and we heard all that. At 4:00 a group of men in cowboy boots stomped in. They were hollering and carrying on in the hallway until well after 5:00. So, that started us off and we moved over to the Hampton Inn.

We did a ghost tour and that would’ve been more fun if I hadn’t driven 9 hours. We didn’t see any ghosts but I know they’re there. I did feel some restless spirits. Or maybe it was the two men fighting. Ha!

Here are some pictures for you to enjoy. I apologize that some are not very clear. I had to put the zoom on at the rodeo because we were too far away. Click on any of these pictures to make them larger. Picture 2 is the Longhorn Saloon. Very old. Picture 3 is the White Elephant Saloon that Luke Short owned. He had a gunfight with Jim Courtright right outside and killed him. They’ve covered the ceiling and part of the walls with cowboy hats. That was fun to see.


Jan and I did the Stagecoach ride. Loved it!









Then we went to visit the historic Oakwood Cemetery. Luke Short’s grave is on the left and Courtright’s on the right. Bitter enemies. Click to enlarge.


And then I saw this strange tombstone of a sheriff back in the 1800s.


So that’s about it except the pictures of Billy Bob’s and they didn’t turn out very good.

I hope I didn’t bore you. It’s rare that I get away just for fun and spending the weekend with my sister made it very special. We certainly lived it up.

Feel free to comment on anything. 




A Visit to the Stockyards — 20 Comments

  1. Good morning Linda, I’m s glad you visited the stockyards. My parents used to go to the White Elephant and watch Don Edwards perform. My dad has roped at the coliseum there, which actually is the arena used in George Straits – Pure Country movie as the NFR arena. I always find that funny.
    This is so wonderful, it’s been 25 years since I’ve visited the Stockyards. Last time I was there we witnessed George Jones getting off his tour bus. One of my college friends went up and shook his hand. Awesome experience.
    I myself met Gary Stewart at Billy Bob’s and Willie Nelson perform at Billy Bob’s. Awesome experiences.
    Thank you sharing a memory with me from my younger days. Thank you for the beautiful treasure you sent be. I’ll always treasure it. Love you my sweet sister friend.

    • Good Morning, Miss Tonya……..I’m happy to bring back sweet memories. I didn’t know that’s where they filmed that scene in George Stait’s Pure Country movie. Wow! Thanks for that bit of info. You’ll have to go back to visit sometime and take Rob. He’ll love it.

      Sending lots of inspiration and love, sister friend!

  2. Oh my you two got the what it would be like to be a lady of the night upstairs in a saloon but you were next door instead and didn’t have to “work”. I bet after that night, the drive and the drive back home on top of sightseeing you were exhausted! You rock because my MS would have put a halt on me long before the drive home! Looks like a great lil getaway with your lil sis though!!

    • Good morning, Miss Stephanie……..Yes, exactly. I felt like I was back in the old West and in one of those “working” girl places. I’m so happy I didn’t have to “work” because I doubt those men would’ve been one bit gentle. Ha! 🙂 🙂 I really feel for what those ladies endured. They all had to keep a weapon close. I was wishing I had a weapon! I would’ve felt safer. They could easily have busted down that thin door. Or come through the window. Dear Lord!

      My MS did come into play during the ghost tour but thanks to Jan I kept going. The curbs were so high there. I kid you not. Extremely high. Jan had to help me up and down them. But one time we got separated and I tried it by myself. Couldn’t get my foot high enough and had to be rescued by some of the other people. It was really embarrassing.

      I learned a long time ago to never use MS as an excuse not to do something. I don’t let it stop me. I guess I’m too damned determined–and ornery! I’m as mean as a snake! 🙂

      Love you dearly, my friend!

  3. That experience at the Stonehouse sounded like watching those old westerns like Gunsmoke and Ponderosa where those fights in the saloons fell into the roads! Thanks for having us visit too with your words and pics!

    • Good morning, Miss Cathie………I’m so glad you came by. Yes, our experience was exactly like some of those in Gunsmoke! I got a little scared because I did feel unsafe. Our flimsy door wouldn’t have protected us. Anyone could’ve broken through it. Or the window. Quite an experience. I’m happy to share it with you.

      Much love and hugs, dear friend!

  4. So it felt like you were really there in the times of the old west, at least that is what if felt like to me when reading this. The one thing I always wanted to do was go to a Dude Ranch. Camp out under the stars and ride the range. The most important thing is that you got to spend time with your sister. That’s what matters most.

    • Good morning, Charlene……….I wanted an authentic feel about the Stockyards and boy, did I get it! Except for the sound of gunfire, I could’ve been back in the old west. I was expecting gunfire though any minute. Thank God, that didn’t happen. But it was lots of fun. And like you said, spending time with my sister is always something to treasure. I love her so much.

      Much love and hugs, sweet lady!

  5. It was a fun weekend for sure, sister! There was SO much to see and soak up. I am happy we did it. The next time you come, we’ll visit Bonnie and Clyde’s graves. 🙂 Love you! Great pictures!

    • Good morning, Sister……..I loved our time together. I’m just sorry that you had to help me up and down those high curbs so much. Man! Those were sure high curbs. Too bad I was getting the hang of it by the time we left. But I did feel we were back in the old West there in the Stonehouse. Women traveling alone really had it bad and I didn’t realize that until that night. Yes, Bonnie and Clyde’s graves are next!

      Love you bunches!

  6. Linda, loved your pictures. I’m not a great photographer, either, and I struggle, but I thought they were very good! Usually I make my husband take the pictures. Isn’t Fort Worth and the Stockyards awesome. You really feel like you’re in the Old West there. Though, I have to admit, I enjoyed it more, years ago before it became so touristy. I’m glad you got to spend time with your sister. If you ever go back, you need to eat at the HR3 Steakhouse, across the street from the White Elephant, their steak is in a whole category by itself. It’s so awesome, they smoke it, like barbecue, but in a special way. Enjoyed your post!

    • Good morning, Hebby………I’m glad you enjoyed my post. I’m sure it was lots better years ago. Now, it seems to be a place to party and I hated that. But it made it more realistic to the old West for sure. Walking down the street, guys were staring at us and making suggestive eye contact. Yes, the HR3 Steakhouse will be next if we go back again. Sounds delicious. However, I did have a deep fried egg for breakfast that was really strange. The cracked an egg in flour then scooped it up and put it into a deep fryer so it had a batter around it. I wanted to try it but I doubt I’d order it again. Nope.

      Love and hugs!

  7. Oh, Linda, seems you had a very exciting time. I am so glad that you and your sister got to spend the time together and this looks like a lot of fun. The show almost seems like the one at The Dixie Stampede in Pigeon Forge, TN. I am just glad you got away for some R and R. Now please, please get back to work on the next book, lol. I can’t wait.

    • Good morning, Cricket………Yes, it was exciting and quite an adventure. I needed a break, but back to work like you said. 🙂 Time’s a wastin’. I’m only half way finished and the book is due January 1st. Yikes!!

      Much love and hugs!

    • Good morning, Debra………I’m so happy that you came by and glad you liked my post. The Stockyards was really fun.

      Love and hugs!

  8. Looks like you had an amazing time! And how awesome to finally get something done on your bucket list!! It’s pretty cool to see your trip through your eyes!

    • Good morning, Michelle…….Or rather Cow Lady! Ha! 🙂 Or I might say Cow Whisperer. They really liked you in your pjs. 🙂 Yep, crossing that off my bucket list. It was fun but I think once was enough. 🙂

      Love and hugs!

  9. Sounds like you had a good time. I may be spending this coming weekend with my younger sister. She is about 10 years younger then me. I enjoy spending time with her though.

    • Hi Quilt Lady………Yes “sister time” is the best. We never get tired of being together and I suspect it’s the same way with yours. Growing up, people always thought me and Jan were twins. But I’m three years older. We did sort of look like twins though. Have a great time and laugh a lot!

      Love and hugs!