Every day. Twice a day. A remarkable sight. The Fort Worth Herd. Longhorns being driven through the Historic Stockyards district, awing visitors from around the world.
Fran and Warren Trewin came all the way from Melbourne, Australia with their daughters, getting the Old West experience they'd hoped for. "Oh, more!" Warren told us. "Yeah more than we expected."
"I'm just loving the horses," Fran said as a horse one of the drovers was riding nuzzled her. "Love the horses."
It's an intimate experience, for guest and drovers alike. "That's my favorite part," said drover Ed Murphy. "You meet people from all over the world every day."
On weekend afternoons in the summer, there's something more now from the Fort Worth Herd. It's called Cow Camp -- with a drovers show and tell -- and interactive options for youngsters. "We're preserving the Western heritage that the city was truly founded upon," said Trail Boss Kristin Jaworski.
There are museum options in the Stockyards district as well ,two very good museums with more genuine Western history to tell, like the story behind a famous photo often called the Fort Worth Five. In December 1900 Butch Cassidy, the Sundance Kid and other Wild Bunch outlaws posed for a photographer named Schwarz in his Fort Worth studio. Teresa Burleson told us it is a photo that would lead to the gang's downfall.
"Mr. Schwarz was very proud of the picture so he hung it in the window and a Pinkerton agent apparently saw the photo and recognized one of the Wild Bunch. Didn't recognize Butch and Sundance but recognized one of the other outlaws and that's when the hunt was on."
Making photo memories is still a big part of the Fort Worth Stockyards experience. "We're really proud of what we've been able to preserve, here in the Stockyards and with the Fort Worth Herd," said Trail Boss Kristin. "We're able to showcase the Texas longhorn, the American Cowboy and the Western lifestyle."