I‘ve never been to Texas (apart from changing flights in Dallas once, years ago, so that doesn’t really count) but the other day in London I met some real live Texans at a blogger lunch. They gave each of us a pair of excellent Justin Boots cowboy boots (I love my job) and told us all about Fort Worth.
Also known as the City of Cowboys and Culture, and Where The West Begins, Fort Worth is in North Central Texas and is the 16th largest city in the USA. Here are some of the things which I leant about Fort Worth.
I thought that honkytonk was a word invented by the Rolling Stones. It turns out that a Honky Tonk is a place where you go to drink, hang out with friends, play pool, dance, listen to country music and generally have a good time. BritMums co-founder and Texan Jen Howze tells me that her kids adore going to Honky Tonks when they visit Texas. And, apparently, Fort Worth is home to the biggest Honky Tonk in the world, Billy Bob’s Texas.
The Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District preserves the heritage of Texas’s livestock industry and is the place to go for all things cowboy and cowgirl. It has daily cattle drives, you can ride in a stagecoach, there are rodeos on Friday and Saturday nights, and you can go horse riding there.
National Cowgirl Museum
Fort Worth has an actual museum devoted to cowgirls and women who embody the pioneer spirit of the American West. How great is that?! The city has a host of other museums too, including the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History and the Amon Carter Museum of American Art.
There’s a vibrant music scene in Fort Worth and there are many live music venues in the city. Texan singer-songwriter Luke Wade (former The Voice contestant in the US) performed some of his soulful songs for us in London and gave each of us a CD of his music. His songs are beautifully written and he’s a great performer.
In Fort Worth, so I’m told, people actually wear cowboy hats and cowboy boots with suits. So there.
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So, have you ever been to Fort Worth or Texas? If you have, how was it? If you haven’t, would you consider it as a holiday destination?