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With breathtaking color photography and absorbing historical detail, Carolyn Brown and J’Nell Pate tell the story of the Fort Worth Stockyards, the place that earned the city the nickname “Cowtown.” From the rise of the stockyards as a vital railhead for the ranching industry through the postwar decline and rebirth as a National Historic District, first-time visitors and long-time acquaintances will find this chronicle engaging and enjoyable.

Brown and Pate accompany readers through the early days of settlement, the cattle drives that saw thousands of head of livestock going up the trail through what was then little more than a frontier outpost, and the rising tide of industry that accompanied the arrival of the railroads. Continuing after World War II when the changes in the livestock industry led to decline of their importance, the stockyards, once a bustling, vital part of the regional culture and economy, fell into slow decay.

In 1976, citizens banded together to create a National Historic District. Today, the Fort Worth Stockyards attract thousands of visitors from all over the world with restaurants, entertainment venues, and the world’s only twice-daily longhorn cattle drive along East Exchange Avenue.

Brown’s lens captures the vibrancy of today’s stockyards while Pate’s research depicts the drama of the area’s rise, fall, and rebirth. The Historic Fort Worth Stockyards provides a visual and factual tour of an unforgettable place where heritage is celebrated and preserved.

About the Author

CAROLYN BROWN’s stunning photography also appeared in Caddo: Visions of a Southern Cypress Lake and Architecture That Speaks: S. C. P. Vosper and Ten Remarkable Buildings at Texas A&M. She resides in Dallas, Texas. J'NELL PATE, dean of Fort Worth historians, is also the author of North of the River: A Brief History of North Fort Worth, Livestock Legacy: The Fort Worth Stockyards, 1887–1987, and Arsenal of Defense: Fort Worth’s Military Legacy. She resides in Bedford, Texas.

Praise For…

“Here is a lively, engaging, and informative look at the Fort Worth stockyards, a significant agricultural icon of Texas. With splendid photos—from past and present—and superb storytelling, Pate and Brown masterfully explain the economic, social, and historical significance of the big meat-packing complex on the city’s north side.”—Paul H. Carlson, author of The Buffalo Soldier Tragedy of 1877
— Paul H. Carlson

“The new interest in Fort Worth’s historic stockyards demands a new history, and who better to write that history than J’Nell Pate, the original historian of the district, in collaboration with professional photographer Carolyn Brown. This is more than dry business history; it is a people story, full of colorful characters and rousing stories, all profusely illustrated. It is everything you want to know about the Stockyards from its 1870s beginnings to its 21st century rebirth as a tourist destination.”—Richard Selcer, author of Fort Worth Stories and Photographing Texas: The Swartz Brothers, 1880–1918
— Richard Selcer

“I can think of no two people better qualified to tell the fascinating story of the Historic Fort Worth Stockyards, from their rough beginnings in the late 19th century to their revitalization as a major tourist destination in the 21st, than J’Nell Pate and Carolyn Brown. A recognized authority on the history of this area, Pate skillfully narrates the ups and downs of the stockyards, while Brown’s vibrant photos bring the story to life. All lovers of Fort Worth and Western Americana will treasure this book.”—Michael V. Hazel, author of Dallas: A History of Big D
— Michael V. Hazel

Product Details
ISBN: 9781623499242
ISBN-10: 1623499240
Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
Publication Date: February 8th, 2022
Pages: 200
Language: English
Series: Nancy and Ted Paup Ranching Heritage Series