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!
AND THE RODEO!
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.