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#1 Boris

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Posted 21 May 2008 - 08:32 PM

Checked out Fort Worth's historic Stockyards. And had a tasty burger.



















This is where I had the tasty burger. Too bad I didn't get a shot of her backside, she had an ass that wouldn't quit:





This lady was belting it out, and she was on an oxygen tank:




















Don't mess with this vaquero:

















Not too many people around, in fact it was basically empty:






































Can't tell from the photo, but the lady on the right must have spent a fortune on plastic surgery:











There was a cattle drive while I was there. I wasn't the only foreigner enjoying the show:




















Well, time to say adios Fort Worth:





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Posted 22 May 2008 - 08:14 AM

Great pictures! Sometimes we locals take the stockyards for granted. At least it's not manufactured like some other places I can think of....

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Posted 22 May 2008 - 08:29 AM

Great pics,Boris.Did you feel like you were in Disneyland?Or in a western section of any amusement park?Just wondering,cuz sometimes thats what I hear about the Stockyards.
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Posted 22 May 2008 - 10:45 AM

Great series of photos; you've really captured the essence of that location. Well done. smile.gif

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Posted 22 May 2008 - 11:24 AM

Nice pics.

Been there twice withing the last week myself, and had a Love Burger and my wife had a Dirty Love Burger ;-) Yum!


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Posted 22 May 2008 - 11:33 AM

Nice shots, Boris!

I don't know - I think the Stockyards, as it sits today, is one of the *most* manufactured places in the area. If the insinuation above was about Sundance Square, I have to disagree - SS is a far more real place than the Stockyards are at this point in their life.

Don't get me wrong, I do think the Stockyards are cool in a lot of ways - but they're the closest thing to a theme park there is in Fort Worth. A lot of potential for really cool stuff there. We could start by ripping off those awful "rustic frontier fort" ground floor remodel jobs on a lot of those gorgeous buildings.

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Posted 22 May 2008 - 11:46 AM

QUOTE (Atomic Glee @ May 22 2008, 11:33 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Nice shots, Boris!

I don't know - I think the Stockyards, as it sits today, is one of the *most* manufactured places in the area. If the insinuation above was about Sundance Square, I have to disagree - SS is a far more real place than the Stockyards are at this point in their life.

Don't get me wrong, I do think the Stockyards are cool in a lot of ways - but they're the closest thing to a theme park there is in Fort Worth. A lot of potential for really cool stuff there. We could start by ripping off those awful "rustic frontier fort" ground floor remodel jobs on a lot of those gorgeous buildings.



Hmm, well I wasn't aware of rustic frontier fort remodel jobs, but I learn something new every day! Still have to disagree with you on Sundance though, but since you live there you'd know better than me. Maybe a topic for another thread.

Hey, I just read that again and I didn't mean to come off as a smarta$$. Really!

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Posted 22 May 2008 - 12:34 PM

QUOTE (avenuebabe @ May 22 2008, 12:46 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hmm, well I wasn't aware of rustic frontier fort remodel jobs, but I learn something new every day! Still have to disagree with you on Sundance though, but since you live there you'd know better than me. Maybe a topic for another thread.

Hey, I just read that again and I didn't mean to come off as a smarta$$. Really!


No problem. smile.gif I'm just saying - Sundance Square isn't artificial. A lot of historic buildings that have been restored in various ways, some unfortunate '70s and '80s modernist/post-modernist stuff, and some new construction of traditional architecture (and see, I'm one of those crazies who thinks building new traditional buildings is not "fake" or wrong in any way, and I actually prefer them over 99% of contemporary architecture). Beyond style, though, it is a place where people work in office jobs, work in service jobs, live in apartments and condos, come for recreation, gather for events, go to church, etc. There is no real theme or central focus, other than an ongoing urbanized infill of 30someodd blocks of downtown Fort Worth. It's not a theme park - it's a real, working, living downtown neighborhood.

The Stockyards, on the other hand, are pretty much a Cowboyland theme park. With a handful of exceptions, it's all cowboy/western themed in some way. There are people in costume. There's a staged cattle drive every day. Virtually every business is western-themed in some way. A large chunk - most, perhaps - of the buildings have gimcrackey rustic-ish wooden storefronts grafted onto them - many from the '50s and '60s during an attempt to make the Stockyards feel more "Old West" than the buildings really were (restored, the buildings there would really not look much different from the historic buildings in Sundance Square). Nobody, I'd wager, lives there - the upper floors of most of the buildings are likely junk storage. It's a tourist attraction. Sundance Square is, too, but it's also home to a lot more than just tourism-related activities.

I'm not saying there's anything wrong with it - I just think to call it more genuine than, really, any other part of Fort Worth is a little ways off. Sundance Square, SoDo, Magnolia Village/Fairmount, South Main Village (and the rest of the Near Southside), Six Points, the Cultural District, etc. all feel more "genuine" to me.

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Posted 23 May 2008 - 10:27 AM

Kevin, I couldn't agree with you more about the Stockyards. It looks and feel faker than the boobs on the woman in Boris' photo IMHO.

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Posted 23 May 2008 - 01:54 PM

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It looks and feel faker than the boobs on the woman in Boris' photo IMHO



That's hilarious.

that lady had fake boobs and a plastic face.

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Posted 23 May 2008 - 02:00 PM

So do you guys think FW would be better without all the fakery the SY brings?One last "cattle drive" down exchange with thoroughbred bulldozers?
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Posted 23 May 2008 - 03:20 PM

I never said there was anything *wrong* with the Stockyards. Just that they're not especially "genuine."

(For my part, I WOULD like to see the buildings fully restored, getting rid of that rustic log cabin wooden storefront crap.)

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Posted 23 May 2008 - 03:36 PM

I agree the log cabin look isnt real attractive.I too would also like to see some restoration.Maybe even some conversions into residential.Do you think anyone would actually live down there?
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Posted 23 May 2008 - 06:56 PM

I was just there this past Wed., so we must have missed eachother Borat, I mean Boris. Had some family up this past week and they got a big kick out of the SY, whole lot better than SA's version. Johnny Guitar and the Oxygenatress was JAMMING out some cool tunes. They ought to be called "O2". mellow.gif

I missed the cattle drive that AM, always thought they started plenty earlier. Now I see they have two drives posted 11am and 4:30pm. We went lookign for that Steve Zahn hat in 'SAHARA', but the good people at the General Store said that it is a popular request but no items have been made to sell so far, and that the "original" can bee seen in a glass enclosure at the FW Stockyards Exchange building.

One day I will finally ride a horse on that trail. It is exciting to see 'Prison Break' filmed out there from time to time.

I wouldn't want to live near the SY's, even if they boasted some luxury highrise doodat. Just needs to be a different world and that obviously works as a tourist trap. If they only knew better tasting Mexican eateries other than Joe T's.

Got a big kick out of the Teddy Roosevelt quote on the wall there, and that Hollywood Stars bit.
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Posted 24 May 2008 - 11:07 AM

Don't like Joe T's? Try Dos Molinas a bit west of SY. 25th street I think. Breakfast and lunch weekdays, also dinner on weekends.

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Posted 24 May 2008 - 12:21 PM

These are nice pics Boris.

I had to struggle hard to think up this statement, but it is the only nice thing I can say about the Stockyards:

I welcome any sales tax dollars that are brought into the city as a result of them... Period.
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Posted 25 May 2008 - 05:50 PM

QUOTE (safly @ May 23 2008, 07:56 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I was just there this past Wed., so we must have missed eachother Borat, I mean Boris. Had some family up this past week and they got a big kick out of the SY, whole lot better than SA's version. Johnny Guitar and the Oxygenatress was JAMMING out some cool tunes. They ought to be called "O2". mellow.gif

I missed the cattle drive that AM, always thought they started plenty earlier. Now I see they have two drives posted 11am and 4:30pm. We went lookign for that Steve Zahn hat in 'SAHARA', but the good people at the General Store said that it is a popular request but no items have been made to sell so far, and that the "original" can bee seen in a glass enclosure at the FW Stockyards Exchange building.

One day I will finally ride a horse on that trail. It is exciting to see 'Prison Break' filmed out there from time to time.

I wouldn't want to live near the SY's, even if they boasted some luxury highrise doodat. Just needs to be a different world and that obviously works as a tourist trap. If they only knew better tasting Mexican eateries other than Joe T's.

Got a big kick out of the Teddy Roosevelt quote on the wall there, and that Hollywood Stars bit.


I was there Wednesday as well. Met a friend at the Love Shack for lunch.

I work near the Stockyards and often drink in a dive on the west side of Main after work. I recently moved back to town after a 10 year absence. It sure seems like the Stockyards and area are quieter than they were 10 years ago. I didn't go to that area very often for an evening out, mainly for an event like Chisolm Trail Days or something, but it looks like the night life over there dried up.

I like the area but agree it is like a Western Amusement Park. I take out of town guests by there to see the little rodeo if I am stuck on ideas for things to do. smile.gif

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Posted 27 May 2008 - 03:50 PM

Hmm thinking about the on going annual event called Texas Trail of Fame. I think the Texas Trail of Fame (TTOF) is a genuine event and deserves its due. Something about the assent to your success amounts to standing on shoulders of the folks that came before you. There is merit to that thought process. I really think the TTOF has made that come full circle "True". Do I have any financial interest in this cycle.. yes.. but only to assure its success. Its a good thing.
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Posted 27 May 2008 - 10:23 PM

Elaborate further about the event please.
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Posted 28 May 2008 - 10:15 AM

The event is Red Steagall Cowboy Gathering - 25 October 2008. During this event the Texas Trail of Fame inductees are announced in front of the Livestock Exchange building. Last year, there was a TOTAL of 116 inductees so far. As you walk through the Stockyards.. look down and see the large diameter brass placques in the sidewalk. You can see who and where the placques are located by taking the Virtual Tour at http://www.texastrailoffame.org/

Also here http://360texas.com just click the Exchange Street picture. Yellow Stars are information. Red White Stars are Flash panoramas taken at that location.

Sorry, I should have been little bit clearer.
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Posted 28 May 2008 - 01:27 PM

Red Steagall is out of here? I always thought he was Hill Country folk. Great, even better that he leads it. Wonderful story teller.

Is this when they also have the cowboy cookoff with their dutch oven style cookin?
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Posted 28 May 2008 - 02:00 PM

I think so... some of those panoramas (red/white stars) I took in front of the Exchange Building .. the cowboys were having a judged cook off. They even used infra-red thermometers to check their meat temperature. Was a fun time.
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