The collection is eclectic, to say the least.
Butch Cassidy and Michelangelo, rodeos and astronomy. And, of course, Tigers and Ducks.
All of this will combine into the mix that is Fort Worth, Texas, when LSU opens its football season against the University of Oregon in Cowboys Stadium on Labor Day weekend.
Now Dallas has been in the spotlight in publicity leading up to this game, but Cowboys Stadium actually is in Arlington, Texas, which is closer to Fort Worth. With many Tiger fans having booked hotel rooms in the city, the Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau is putting out word that the city has lots to do.
“Fort Worth is extremely excited to be the official headquarters for LSU alumni groups, as well as other guests coming to see the big game,” said David DuBois, president and CEO of the Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau. “We are prepared to host some of the most passionate fans in the country on the first weekend of college football.”
DuBois also made the point that Cowboys Stadium’s proximity is closer to Fort Worth than it is to Dallas.
“So it’s a great choice from a convenience perspective, and there is so much to do before and after the game,” he said. “Our Sundance Square downtown offers amazing walk-ability and is filled with restaurants, shopping and nightlife.
“As the City of Cowboys and Culture, we have so much to offer, from our historic Stockyards and Billy Bob’s Texas - the world’s largest honky tonk - to one of the most powerful and inspiring museum districts in the nation - with the Kimbell Art Museum, Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Museum of Science and History and the gorgeous Modern Art Museum.”
But it doesn’t stop there. Fort Worth is making it easy and safe for LSU fans to get to Cowboys Stadium game without having to drive. The city has established a special bus route to pick fans up in its downtown T&P station and take them directly to the game.
“We think LSU fans will be happy to be here in our fun, friendly city,” Dubois said. “And we are excited to have them visiting us.”
Now, everyone going to the game knows it begins at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, in Cowboys Stadium. For those who also are making it an end-of-summer, Labor Day Weekend trip, here’s a list of things to do in Fort Worth:
Billy Bob’s Texas, 2520 Rodeo Plaza, billed as the world’s largest honky tonk. (817) 624-7117 or http://www.billybobstexas.com
8.0 Concerts on the Square series with KXT Radio, Sundance Square, downtown Fort Worth, a series of concerts featuring some of the best up-and-coming established talent in Texas from a diverse mix of genres. (817) 336-3880 or http://www.eightobar.com.
Four Day Weekend Improvisational Comedy, 312 Houston St. This is the longest-running show in Fort Worth’s history, featuring a six-member comedy troupe that builds a hilariously clever show around audience suggestions and participation. For ages 18 and older. (817) 226-4329.
Stage West Theater, 821 W. Vickery Blvd., presents the production Jeeves in the Morning. (817) 784-9878 or http://stagewest.org.
Artes de la Rosa presents Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge, Rose Marine Theater and Gallery, 1440 N. Main St. (817) 624-8333 or http://rosemarinetheatre.org.
Bass Performance Hall in Sundance Square, 525 Commerce St., presents Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion Summer Love Tour 2011 on Tuesday, Sept. 6. (817) 212-4280 or http://www.basshall.com
Fort Worth Zoo, 1989 Colonial Parkway, rated one of the top five attractions in the United States.
BRIT-Botanical Research Institute of Texas, 700 University Drive, the global institute for the conservation and preservation of botanical heritage. Brit offers free docent-led and self-guided tours. (817) 332-4441 or http:///www.brit.org.
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell Street in the Cultural District, is the city’s newest museum, and is currently showing Selections from the Permanent Collection. (817) 738-9215 or http://www.themodern.org
Kimbell Art Museum, 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd, showing Michelangelo’s first painting, “The Torment of Saint Anthony,” and the exhibit Guest of Honor: Titian’s “La Bella:” Woman in a Blue Dress. (817) 332-8451 or http://www.kimbellart.org
Amon Carter Museum of American Art, 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd., presents the exhibit The First 50 Years, featuring images drawn from the museum’s extensive archives. Also showing is the exhibit Masterworks of American Photography: Landscapes. (817) 738-1933 or http://www.cartermuseum.org.
C.R. Smith Museum, 4801 Texas Highway 360 at FAA Road, Cyberchase & The Chase is On!, a classic good versus evil adventure. (817) 967-5995 or http://www.crsmithmuseum.org
Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, 3600 Gendy St., features the Noble Planetarium, Omni IMAX Theatre and Cattle Raisers Museum. The museum is showing the exhibit Ascent ... When Dreams Defy Gravity. (817) 255-9540 or http://www.fwmuseum.org.
Stockyards Championship Rodeo, 121 E. Exchange Ave. Rodeos take place at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays year-round. (888) 269-8696 or http://stockyardsrodeo.com.
Fort Worth Herd Cow Camp, 131-A E. Exchange Ave. This event offers visitors of all ages some real cowboy fun, while educating them on the cattle drives, the life of a drover, observing various livestock and chuckwagon demonstrations, along with the equipment used on the trail. (817) 336-4373 or http://www.stockyardsstation.com.
Fort Worth also has the world’s only twice daily cattle drive in its historic Stockyards let by real cattle drovers. http://www.fortworthstockyards.org.
and the Fort Worth Five
Fort Worth is rich in Western history and colorful heritage as the city was once a major stop on the legendary Chisholm Trail during the great cattle drives of the late 1800s. Cowboys on the trail would visit downtown Fort Worth for much-needed recreation, where many of the legends of the Wild West occurred.
Robert Leroy Parker, also known as Butch Cassidy, was one of the few outlaws of the Wild West who attained notoriety while still living. Sources say that Cassidy may have had a relative in Fort Worth, prompting his visits to the area. The folk-hero leader of the Wild Bunch, Fort Worth Five, or what he preferred to be known as the Train-Robbing Syndicate, was known for bank and train robberies.
During late 1900 and early 1901, Butch Cassidy’s Wild Bunch enjoyed a slew of saloons, gambling establishments and dance halls in Hell’s Half Acre, (present-day downtown Fort Worth) an area spanning several blocks south of the Tarrant County Courthouse.
The famous photo of the Wild Bunch or Fort Worth Five, (Robert LeRoy, Harry Longabaugh: alias The Sundance Kid, Ben Kilpatrick, William Carver, and Harvey Logan) was taken by one of Fort Worth’s premier photographers in 1900 on Main Street. The Heritage Trail marker is located between Forth Worth’s 5th and 6th streets.
The photographer, John Swartz had no idea the five men were notorious outlaws. In fact, he posted the photo outside of his studio window. A FWPD detective recognized the men and issued a $500 reward on wanted posters using this portrait.
Sundance Square, an area named for the Sundance Kid who, along with his partner, Butch Cassidy, was a frequent visitor to the area, then known as the legendary Hell’s Half Acre. Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday, well-known participants in the “Shootout at the OK Corral,” could also be spotted from time to time in Sundance Square. Most of the buildings in Sundance Square date from the turn of the 20th century, and have been beautifully restored to provide a wonderful architectural view of the past.
Etta’s Place Bed & Breakfast in Sundance Square, Butch’s Hideout, known as the mystery woman of the Wild Bunch, Etta was romantically involved with Butch Cassidy’s right-hand man, the Sundance Kid. The three ran off together, engaging in many robberies before eventually fleeing to South America. Spend the night in “Butch’s Hideout” or “Sundance’s Suite” at Etta’s Place, located in Hell’s Half Acre.
Heritage Trail Markers. Take a walk through downtown and discover the people and events that shaped Fort Worth’s rich history. See the original spot on Main Street, (trail marker located between 5th and 6th Streets) where the famous Fort Worth Five photo was taken and learn about the Wild West culture of the 19th century in Fort Worth. This photo is one of the most recognized photographs of the Old West.
Stockyards National Historic District and the Stockyards Hotel, Butch Cassidy Suite. To get a true taste of the West, head to the historic Northside, home to the Stockyards National Historic District, Stockyards Station, Billy Bob’s Texas and other western attractions. In Butch Cassidy’s honor, the Stockyards Hotel on East Exchange Avenue features the two-room Butch Cassidy Suite equipped with colorful decorating touches including lamps crafted from saddle stirrups and spurs, “Wanted-Dead or Alive” posters and authentic photos of Butch Cassidy.
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