Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Fort Worth, TX 3/4/2014

On the road again Tuesday March 4.

What I thought was rain during the night was freezing rain.  The electricity went out sometime overnight.  We were warm because our furnace runs on propane.   Phil switched the refrig from electric to propane.  When we tried to take showers in the morning in the bathhouse ....no water.  (They are push button showers, dependent on electricity.)

Roads were NOT icy when we got on the road.
To Exchange Avenue in Fort Worth.

Phil nor I chose to get up and ride but we saw people get on.

The Coliseum was built in 1907-08 as permanent home for the Annual Fort Worth Stock Show.

 Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame pays tribute to 75 famous and not so famous men and women.

 Championship trophy.

Championship buckle.
Bill Pickett, first Bullgogger (today know as steer wrestling)
Nothing but knives in this store.
 The cowboys "Head 'em up and move 'em out" twice a day at 11:30 am & 4 pm.

The longhorns make their way up or down the heart of the Exchange Street..

 At the Welcome Center
 Steps behind the cattle are what the workers of Swift and Armour walked up to go to work.
 Livestock sold since 1896 - 1959. 500,000 horses and mules. 50,000,000 cattle, over 50,000,000 sheep and over 33,000,000 hogs.

Armour and Swift Packing Companies were huge employers of the area.

 We saw many stars for the Texas Trail of Fame.

We stayed at Corp of Engineers' Benbrook Lake location at Holiday Park. Since it was going to be cold again overnight we asked where a good spot would be (plenty of openings). The attendant set us up under some trees and sheltered from the wind.
Saw some deer as we drove in.

On a walk we saw deer again. They are FAR away. Not a sharp photo but neat to see him running.

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