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Fascinating Photos from the Fort Worth Stockyard Festivals during the 1990s

There is a historic district called the Fort Worth Stockyards in Fort Worth, Texas, north of downtown. It spans 98 acres and is located generally throughout the district, and it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976. Various owners have operated a livestock market here since 1866.

These photos were taken by Steven Martin during the 1990s of the Fort Worth Stockyards and show concerts, rodeos, and more crowd-pleasing shows, such as guitar strumming, bull riding, trick roping. In the Fort Worth Stockyards, the long tradition of the cattle industry in Fort Worth is celebrated. This area consists mainly of entertainment and shopping venues that capitalize on the “Cowtown” image of Fort Worth. Home to the famous boot making company M.L. The Maverick Fine Western Wear and Saloon, located in the heart of the Stockyards, serves customers cold beer and a place to relax, just like in the days of the big cattle drives; as customers shop around the store.

#1 Band performing, Chisholm Trail Roundup, Ft. Worth Stockyards, June 1993

#2 Cowboy sits on steer during Chisholm Trail Roundup, Ft. Worth Stockyards, June 1993

#3 A costumed couple during the 1993 Chisholm Trail Roundup at the Ft. Worth Stockyards, June 1993

#4 A pretty lady working the drink booths at the 1993 Chisholm Trail Roundup, Ft. Worth Stockyards, June 1993

#5 Crowd on Exchange Avenue, Chisholm Trail Roundup, Ft. Worth Stockyards, June 1993

#6 Crowd outside Cadillac Club, Chisholm Trail Roundup, Ft. Worth Stockyards, June 1993

#7 Crowds attending the festival in the Fort Worth Stockyards pass by the hotel, on the corner of Main Street and Exchange Avenue, June 1993

#8 Exchange Avenue during Chisholm Trail Roundup, Ft. Worth Stockyards, June 1993

#9 Exchange Avenue during Chisholm Trail Roundup, Ft. Worth Stockyards, June 1993

#10 Exchange Avenue during Chisholm Trail Roundup, Ft. Worth Stockyards, June 1993

#11 Exchange Avenue during Chisholm Trail Roundup, Ft. Worth Stockyards, June 1993

#12 Four teenage girls pose on Exchange Avenue during the festival., Ft. Worth Stockyards, June 1993

#13 Locomotive was parked alongside Stockyards Station during the Chisholm Trail Roundup, June 1993

#14 Man performs rope tricks, Chisholm Trail Roundup, Ft. Worth Stockyards, June 1993

#15 Stockyards Hotel during Chisholm Trail Roundup, Ft. Worth Stockyards, June 1993

#16 Teenage girls watching scene, Ft. Worth Stockyards, June 1993

#17 The roof deck provides saloon patrons a vantage point to watch the crowds at the Chisholm Trail Roundup, Ft. Worth Stockyards, June 1993

#18 Two pretty ladies working the drink booths at the 1993 Chisholm Trail Roundup, Ft. Worth Stockyards, June 1993

#19 Two young ladies working the drink booths at the Chisholm Trails Days event at the Fort Worth Stockyards, June 1993

#20 A woman working a drink booth poses by a sign reading “Rodeo Naked” during a festival, possibly the Chisholm Trail Roundup, Fort Worth Stockyards, June 1994

#21 Chisholm Trail Roundup parade, Fort Worth Stockyards, June 1994

#22 Gun-toting sheriff and his deputy pose at a festival at the Fort Worth Stockyards, probably the Chisholm Trail Roundup, Fort Worth Stockyards, June 1994

#23 Native American Powwow, Chisholm Trail Roundup, Fort Worth Stockyards, June 1994

#24 Three Western gunfighters pose by the White Elephant Saloon in the Ft. Worth Stockyards during a festival, likely Chisholm Trails Days, June 1994

#25 A girl performs at a festival at the Fort Worth Stockyards, June 1995

#26 Dance performance, Stockyards festival, Fort Worth Stockyards, September 1995

#27 Exchange Avenue, Chisholm Trail Roundup, Fort Worth Stockyards, June 1995

#28 Kids dancing at festival, Ft. Worth Stockyards, September 1995

#29 The Lone Ranger fights a train robber atop the Tarantula Railroad locomotive’s tender, Chisholm Trail Roundup, Fort Worth Stockyards, June 1995

#30 Two girls dance at Stockyards festival, Fort Worth Stockyards, September 1995

#31 Two pretty Hispanic girls perform a dance at a festival at the Fort Worth Stockyards, June 1995

#32 Exchange Avenue, the main street in the Stockyards, was closed to traffic during Chisholm Trail Roundup, Ft. Worth Stockyards, June 1999

Written by Aung Budhh

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