Fort Worth, where the West begins.
Much smaller and livable of busy and vast Dallas, that is far only twenty miles by car or an hour with the comfortable Trinity Railway Express, this quiet provincial town has its origins in the most sincere and authentict texan roots, like the cowboys, the herds of cattle, strictly Longhorn, the saloons and the sheriffs with the star.
Founded as a US Army outpost, Fort Worth developed following the transfer of the herds along the Chisholm Trail, the historic Texas track that connected the great prairies of the Midwest to the railway line.
The displacements of the cowboys who accompanied the herds from west to east along this route were often full of dangers, the attacks of the Indians and of the outlaws.
In this age Fort Worth became one of the major livestock markets in the country, the symbolic place of the epic western, just think people like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, famous outlaws and assiduous “visitors” of the saloons and of course of the local banks.
Today in Fort Worth, especially in the area of the Stockyards, the old stockyards, a couple of miles from the center you can “revive” the past in an environment authentic and not altered by more than 150 years.
The cobbled streets, the gas lamps, the arena for the Rodeo, a piece of authentic Chisholm Trail, the saloon, the diligence, the small steam train, the wooden buildings, the cattle auctions that still take place daily , the passage of a small herd with a lot of cowboys in tow…
Here everything back to the mythical West, is like going back in time to discover how life was in Texas at the time of the cowboys.
Is possible to mount the cows, try the mechanical bull, talking with real cowboys, buy clothing and boots, eat the true and original Tex-Mex, possibly only once because the second could be fatal for delicate stomachs, visit historic buildings, perfectly preserved, and, why not, stop and take some photos.
Who of us has never dreamed to live for once an adventure-style Old Wild West?