Fleeton Year of Adventure travel blog

Approaching smoggy Dallas

City Park - site of Dallas' 1936 World's Fair

On the fair grounds - the Cotton Bowl football stadium

Art deco statues and buildings

Train museum engines

Old historic part of Fort Worth

Malcolm and Pecos Bill - yup, that's a real, live, longhorn steer....

The Cowtown Coliseum - the first site of indoor rodeos, and home...

Horse and mule barns - cattle were kept in the stock pens...

Streets filled up with old west characters, some on horesback.

Lots of Western and souvenir shops, not to mention steak and BBQ...

Part of the lobby of the historic old Stockyards Hotel

For fans of the Amazing Race Tv show - the Cowtown Cattlepen...

The twice-daily cattle drive up the main street (taken at a slow...

Look at those horns!

Two biggest meat packers in US were conveniently located right by the...

At the rodeo - barrel racing

Bull riding - no-one made their 8 second ride without being dumped!

We picked our Dallas attractions from the gold old AAA tour book, and for once it let us down. The City Park in Dallas was the site of the 1936 World's Fair and was very highly rated, but unfortunately a lot of things weren't running the day we were there. The IMAX movie wasn't the one Malcolm wanted to see, the planetarium was only showing films for school tours, and the aquarium was closed for renovations. Even the carnival side is closed in the winter. The grounds and buildings were beautiful, with art deco designs and statues, and lots of green space. The Railway Museum, which we did see, was unfortunately very poorly labelled and the brochure wasn't in order, so you didn't even know what some of the cars were. However, at least it was a nice day for a walk. We left there and drove the 1/2 hour or so over to the old centre of Fort Worth, the nearest big city. In the old part of town is the famous Stockyards district. Fort Worth is where all the cattle (and other livestock) from much of Texas were brought in, to go up the Old Chisholm trail to Kansas and other points north for consumption by the increasing population of the eastern USA. The area has been turned into a large tourist attraction (we had seen it on TV not long ago). Many of the old stock areas still exist, and there is still a herd of steers out back in the cattle pens. Old west characters are out on the streets, some on horseback, and there is a cowboy with a big bull all saddled up and waiting for you to get your photo taken on. Pecos Bill is the steer's name, and he is alive and well and BIG, and also very friendly - he liked having his ears scratched. We declined to climb in the saddle, and just had our photo taken holding on to him. We did not bother going into the Cowboy or Cowgirl Halls of Fame. Twice per day the cowboys bring the herd of steers down the main street in "the last American cattle drive", and Friday and Saturday nights there are real rodeos in the Cowtown Coliseum. So, this being a Friday, after the 4 p.m. cattle drive we headed to the nearest BBQ restaurant - Malcolm had a steak, and I had all-you-can-eat short ribs - yummy! We then had a rest in the motorhome before heading into the Coliseum for the rodeo, which was small but fun. We then found our way to the nearest Wal-Mart for the night.

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