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Sunday October 5 Optional Tour

COWBOYS AND CULTURE: Fort Worth, Its Past and Present

On Sunday, October 5, SHD members took a fun, optional tour of Fort Worth, spending time in the city about which Will Rogers said, "Fort Worth is where the West begins, and Dallas is where the East peters out." Not only are the past cattle drives a prevalent part of this town (after all it is still referred to as Cowtown), but it has also been called the third best city in the United States for availability and fineness of art!

The tour included a visit to the 150 Years of Fort Worth exhibit (a fun, short stop that provided an overview of the history of this wonderful place!). Then it was off to the Stockyards where the group had lunch at one of the original restaurants in this great city--the Star Café. This is TEXAS all the way so the group left its diets at home! There was a choice of burgers or chicken fried steak or grilled chicken--cooked like it was in 1800 out on the range.

Then there was free time to  walk around and have pictures made on a saddle as participants cozied up to a historic bar or shop for t-shirts and souvenirs for the kids back home. The group also some slow-movin' longhorns (These are BIG critters!). This area is on the National Register of Historic Places and full of interesting sites.

After the Stockyards, the coach drove through the cultural district with a stop at the stunning Modern Art Museum for a tour. The Modern was designed by Japanese architect Tadao Ando. 

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