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Fort Worth - Where the West Begins

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A January 2007 trip to Fort Worth by zabelle

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Quote: Fort Worth was the third leg of our Texas Trip. We found it to a city full of culture and color.

Fort Worth - Where the West Begins

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Overview

Looking down into Sundance Sq Photo, Fort Worth, Texas
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"Out where the handclasp’s a little stronger,Out where the smile dwells a little longer,That’s where the West begins"Arthur ChapmanFort Worth did indeed begin its existence as a fort in 1849. Named for General William Worth it was built to protect the early settlers from Indian attacks. Fort Worth earned its nickname "Cowtown" as a stop on the Chisholm Trail, the route that took Texas beef north. From its past of saloons and dance halls, Fort Worth has grown into a center of culture in Western Texas. We had two days to visit Fort Worth, however the second day was much shorter since the freezing rain had come and we didn’t leave our house in Irving until...Read More

Hoffbrau Steaks

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Restaurant

Hoffbrau Steaks Photo, Fort Worth, Texas
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Up to this point we had not eaten at a steak restaurant and so in the Rachael Ray tradition we asked a local where we should go for steak. Hoffbrau was their suggestion. Now in all honesty, we didn’t know anything about it and if we had know it was part of a small chain we would probably have asked for another suggestion but we didn’t.On the positive side, it was a very easy drive from the Cowgirl Museum and also located close to the highway back to Irving. As we drove up at about 4:30 we noticed that the parking lot was already full. Either they start happy hour early here or this is a good place to eat. We parked along the street to the left of the restaurant and we were joined there by many...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 11, 2007

Hoffbrau Steaks
1712 South University
Fort Worth, Texas 76107
+1 817 870 1952

Buffet Restaurant

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Restaurant | "The Buffet"

Buffet Restaurant Photo, Fort Worth, Texas
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After a morning of touring the Amon Carter Museum we were ready to have lunch. Buffet is the restaurant at the Kimball Museum. They offer a light menu of soup, sandwiches, quiche and salads.How you order is by the single item, which can be can be any of the above items, or a small plate or a large plate . The day we were there the menu consisted of two soup choices, black bean and carrot ,cabbage and rice. The quiche was sun-dried tomato and pesto, the salads with romaine with jalapeno citrus dressing; seasonal fresh fruit, pasta salad with broccoli and chicken salad. The sandwich was smoked turkey on multi-grain bread with cheddar cheese and Dijon mustard and mayo. With any of the choices...Read More

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Buffet Restaurant
Kimbell Art Museum
Fort Worth, Texas 76107
(817) 332-8451

Will Rogers Memorial Center

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Attraction | "Mexican Rodeo"

Will Rogers Memorial Center Photo, Fort Worth, Texas
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We did not plan our trip specifically to be in Fort Worth during the Stock Show. In fact, had I know the dates (this year the Fort Worth Stockyard Show was scheduled for January 13th - February 5th 2007) I would probably have planned our trip to miss the show. When we went to the parking lot for the Amon Carter Museum there was a guard who asked us why we were parking there. When we told him we were visiting the Amon Carter and the Kimbell Museum he said perfect and let us park. At that point I didn’t realize that people probably tried to park there for free while they went to the Stockyard. As it turned out we thoroughly enjoyed having the opportunity to attend the Mexican Rodeo. We met a...Read More

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Will Rogers Memorial Center
3401 W. Lancaster Avenue
Fort Worth, Texas 76107
(817) 392-7469

Amon Carter Museum

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Attraction

Amon Carter Museum Photo, Fort Worth, Texas
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The Amon Carter Museum was the dream of Fort Worth philanthropist Amon Carter. He didn’t live to see it happen but he donated his collection of American Art to as the base for the permanent collection and made provision for a foundation to be established and managed by his daughter to allow for future acquisitions. The Museum opened in 1961 and the building was designed by Philip Johnson, and again he was in charge of the expansion design. It is a beautiful building with a very open and light feeling. You will have no doubt that you have entered a museum in the Wild West as soon as you walk into the lobby. Works by Frederic Remington line the walls (paintings) and fill the cases (sculpture...Read More

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Amon Carter Museum
3501 Camp Bowie Blvd.
Fort Worth, Texas 76107
(817) 738-1933

National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame

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Attraction

National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame Photo, Fort Worth, Texas
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Now I have to admit that this museum caught me totally by surprise. It was not at all what I expected. AL and I discussed it before we went here and we expected it to be about Annie Oakley with maybe Calamity Jane and Belle Starr thrown in for good measure. We were partially right, there was an exhibit about Annie Oakley but this museum is not about the bad girls of the west. It is about Cowgirls past and present and what a cowgirl is will surprise you.Be sure to bring your discount coupon with you, it is $2 off. They first thing we did was to watch the movie ‘Spirit of the Cowgirl”. It introduces us to the women who helped found the west. We meet Clara Brown a freed slave who walked west to C...Read More

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National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame
1720 Gendy St.
Fort Worth, Texas 76107
(800) 476-3263

Kimbell Art Museum

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Attraction

Kimbell Art Museum Photo, Fort Worth, Texas
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This is one of the most fabulous small museums I've ever visited. The Kimbell Museum was mandated by the will of Kay Kimbell. His wife Velma decided that the whole Kimbell estate should be used to make the museum a reality. The Kimbell’s collection of mostly 18th and 19th century European paintings became the core of the collection but the philosophy of the museum was that the collection should be first class and added to as time and money allowed. It has grown into an extraordinary collection covering ancient times through the twentieth century.The building itself is quite interesting. It was designed by Louis Kahn and has a wonderful open and airy feeling and is seems as if the building and ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 11, 2007

Kimbell Art Museum
3333 Camp Bowie Blvd.
Fort Worth, Texas 76107
(817) 332-8451