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Cute cowpokes (from left) Christopher Lewis, Adam Veasey, Luke Shineman, and Cara Newburn perch on a fence at Stockyards Station along East Exchange Avenue, a good vantage point for viewing one of the twice-daily cattle drives in the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District. (Photo by Robert W. Hart)

My grandson Garrett, 11, climbs onto Pecos Bill, a surprisingly docile, brown-and-white Longhorn stationed in front of the Livestock Exchange Building in Fort Worth, just long enough for a wave and a photo. He jumps off and rushes down the sidewalk to watch cowhands driving a herd of some 15 other Longhorns down the brick-paved Exchange Avenue. Later, he rides a kid-friendly mechanical bull in the same block for 25 seconds! 

Published in Family Travel

At the Museum of the American Railroad in Dallas, dozens of locomotives and train cars illustrate railroading history. This 1967 Santa Fe locomotive pulled the famous Super Chief passenger train between Chicago and Los Angeles. (Photo by J. Griffis Smith)

A few blocks north of the Fort Worth Convention Center and its supporting cast of restaurants, wine bars, and plush hotels, the railroad still rolls into town much as it did in 1876, when the city became a major shipping point for livestock headed to northern markets. There are no cattle today, but freight cars carrying everything from auto parts and coal to orange juice rumble through every few hours, the full-throated whistles lending a note of nostalgia to the downtown streetscape. Periodically, blue-and-silver passenger trains, operated by Amtrak these days, arrive at the new Intermodal Transportation Center from points north and south.

Published in CULTURE & LIFESTYLE

Texas Highways readers are like our field reporters, so find out what these readers recommend.

 

 

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Texas Highways readers are like our field reporters, so find out what these readers recommend.

An 1890s chuck wagon is supspended from the ceiling at Cowcatcher Steaks. Cowcatchers Steaks

While driving around Bulverde, we found a great restaurant (with great views) called Cowcatchers Steaks. The food is delicious (especially the rib-eye), pricing is reasonable, and the service and venue outstanding. Kids will enjoy the Longhorns and horses in the front and the space to run around. This is the perfect place to take your family for a special occasion that calls for steak.

MARCO BARROS, San Antonio
Cowcatchers Steaks is at 1100 Bulverde Rd.; 830/980-6080.

Ginger Brown’s Old Tyme Restaurant and Bakery

TH readers will want to know about Ginger Brown’s Old Tyme Restaurant and Bakery in Lake Worth. They have the most delicious home-style meals ever—real chicken-fried steak, meatloaf, chicken and dumplings, pot roast, and chicken potpie (to name a few)—served with traditional vegetables
and from-scratch mashed potatoes and rolls. You will also be served one of Ginger’s “made daily” cinnamon rolls with your meal, or you might want to try one of the scrumptious homemade pies (coconut, chocolate, and many more). They have old-time prices, enjoyable décor, and a staff that goes above and beyond to make you feel welcome.

JOYCE BELL, Fort Worth
Ginger Brown’s Old Tyme Restaurant and Bakery is at 6312 Jacksboro Hwy.; 817/237-2114.

Doc’s Fish Camp & Grill

Doc’s Fish Camp & Grill in Marble Falls should be recognized as one of the best steak and seafood restaurants in the Hill Country, if not the state. The restaurant has been around for 15 years and has an interesting story about its conception and rebirth.

DEBBIE SMITH
Doc’s Fish Camp & Grill is at 900 FM 1431 West; 830/693-2245.

Two Amigos Taqueria

Two Amigos Taqueria is a little café two blocks west of the Waxahachie courthouse. The authentic Mexican food is fabulous! Try the nachos with everything on them or a
soft taco made with corn tortillas, seasoned chicken, grilled onions, and cilantro. Need more? The tortilla soup is to-die-for and served in generous portions. Prices are reasonable, and the menu has something for everyone. Some days the café observes a lunch schedule only, but later in the week they stay open through the evening. It’s a real treat!

TANA DIXON, Odessa
Two Amigos Taqueria is at 212 W. Jefferson St.; 972/923-3305

The Moosehead Cafe

I recommend The Moosehead Cafe in Crockett. Not only is the food great, the people there are the nicest!

JESSICA and BILLY McRAE, Crockett
The Moosehead Cafe (think burgers, Philly cheese steaks, chicken-fried steaks, and rib-eye sandwiches) is at 412 E. Houston Ave..

Longhorn Ranch Store and Grill

We stopped at the Longhorn Ranch Store and Grill in Whitesboro for lunch. It was a great experience. Best rib-eye sandwiches that we ever had. Great food and nice Western furnishings and accessories!

OTTIS AND BARBARA MURDOCK, Benbrook
Longhorn Ranch Store and Grill is at 12265 E. US 82.
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Ornette Coleman, courtsey of Big HassleBy Reggie Ugwu     

 

In the 1950s and 1960s, when most jazz artists were producing smooth and danceable tunes that entered the mainstream, pioneer saxophonist Ornette Coleman revitalized and challenged the genre with an innovative and improvisational approach known as free jazz.

 

He was born in Fort Worth in 1930, a time when there were few opportunities for African-Americans. But Coleman, whose was raised by his widowed mother, bought his first alto saxophone at the age of 14 and taught himself to play.

 

The budding musician soon began playing in local rhythm and blues bands, and he developed an unorthodox style early on, so much so that he had difficulty finding like-minded musicians who were comfortable with his loose treatment of harmony and chord progression.

 

It was his six-week gig at the legendary Five Spot nightclub in New York, that announced Coleman as one of the genre’s most exciting and original forces.

 

Coleman’s 1960 release Free Jazz: A Collective Improvisation, made his most lasting impact on jazz culture. Ornette fortified a new genre that would adopt the album title as its own. At nearly 40 minutes long, the Free Jazz session was the longest recorded continuous session by any ensemble to date.

 

Coleman and his band continue to tour today. See Ornette Coleman online for tour dates, a discography, and more information.

 

Also, check out more information on Jazz festivals in Texas.

Published in Speaking (Archive)

If you want to see people making real money, head to northernmost Fort Worth and the Bureau of Engraving and Printing’s Western Currency Facility (WCF), which now prints more than half of all U.S. paper currency—more than 18 million notes, or $85.4 million worth, per workday. The Tour and Visitor Center of this money factory—the only place other than Washington, D.C., where U.S. notes are printed—offers free guided tours that put you within eyeball distance of billions of bucks-in-the-making.

Published in History

For a relaxing break from city hustle, venture down the following urban trails…and learn about nature along the way. Regulations vary, but everywhere, follow the hiker's credo: Take only photographs and leave only footprints. Stay on marked trails to prevent erosion. Wear sturdy walking or hiking shoes. Carry insect repellent, sunscreen, and plenty of water, plus a camera and binoculars.

Published in TRAVEL
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