During a camping trip last weekend with some friends, we went to see a place once described as “Where the West Begins.” That would be Fort Worth, Texas, and we visited the Stockyards National Historic District there. 

Once a rolling prairie inhabited by Indians, buildings from an abandoned fort eventually became a booming cow town.  Cattle drives brought prosperity when, at the end of the Civil War, there was a desire to put meat on the table again.  Since the open ranges were overrun with wild Texas Longhorn cattle, they were rounded up and driven north where they brought high prices.  This started a 20-year trail drive era.  

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