These 13 Rare Photos Show Dallas – Fort Worth Area’s Cattle Drive History Like Never Before

The Dallas – Fort Worth area was the last major stop for relaxation and supplies for drovers who herded cattle up the Chisholm Trail to the railheads. Beyond Fort Worth, they would need their energy to cross the Red River and into Indian Territory. More than four million head of cattle were trailed through what was coined, “Cowtown.” When the railroad reached the area in the 1870s, it became a major shipping point for livestock. Here are 13 local photos that showcase these Wild West times:

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To learn more about Dallas – Fort Worth’s cattle driving history, consider paying a visit to any of the fine establishments that work to preserve our history, including the Stockyards Museum, the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District, and the Briscoe Center for American History.

Stories of our historic cattle drives, Hell’s Half Acre, what happened when the railroads came to town, and the era of the Wild West in general are what make the Dallas – Fort Worth area so interesting. What attraction, museum, or sculpture across the Metroplex most reminds you of our cattle drive heritage? We’d love for you to share your thoughts in the comments below.