Drovers roamed the Texas plains for decades, herding longhorn cattle from the south and driving them north through Indian Territory to railheads in Kansas, Nebraska, Wyoming and Missouri. Fort Worth served as one of the final stops, providing a chance to rest on their return back down the Chisholm Trail, bringing resources that fueled the economy and a pioneering spirit that fired the imagination.
Cowboys Driven By the Journey
On the trail or in the Stockyards, drovers lived by a code that was all their own: a principle of honor, dignity and respectability.
Some would say these men and women were as special a breed as the longhorn cattle in their charge, and out on the open range, they exhibited an unspoken code to treat the land and their animals with the care they deserved. The stories they brought back from months on the trail were many, and in the case of Fort Worth, fueled not just a town but a legacy that endures to this very day.
The drover lived off the land and slept under the stars. Returning to the Stockyards after months on the open plains brought familiarity, comfort and the feeling of coming home.
In the long and storied history of the Stockyards and indeed Fort Worth itself, one simple truth becomes evident, the drovers helped put this city on the map.
Inspired by the past, our goal is simple – harness the true spirit of the drover to create a new legacy for the Stockyards. We are building a place where simple pleasures and one-of-a-kind experiences blend effortlessly into special memories that can only be achieved here, where travelers and guests will want to return to again and again.
Some people follow wagon tracks while others break new grounds.