The old stockyards in Fort Worth have seen a renaissance - the train roundhouse, the pens, the longhorns, and even the cowboys and girls on horseback are all still there. But today the roundhouse area is a touristy blend of BBQ restaurants, boutiques, western stores, and neo-quaint decor reminiscent of a sideshow. The pens stand empty, the longhorns "perform" in a twice-daily cattle drive through the streets, and the cowboys and girls are city employees.
It's a fun place to spend an afternoon, and the real history of the area is still there if you look for it. For example, when the cowboys and cowgirls round up the longhorns for their trek through the streets, they have to pass directly under a sign for "Armour," the meat packers (enlarge this photo, then look under the "Stockyards Station" banner). Guess it's a good thing those longhorn can't read!
Did I mention you should be careful where you park?