Stockyards

People not from Texas often think Dallas is full of cowboy hats, boots, and all that crap. They discover when they get here that Big D is pretty much like any other big urban area in the USA. But really, the stereotypes they’ve held for so long actually do exist… they’re just a little bit to the west of Dallas in a place called the Fort Worth Stockyards.

The Fort Worth Stockyards is an area with a lot of cowboy and wild west history. Today, it’s a a themed tourist and nightlife district. With a distinctly “Texas Country” vibe, it features live music entertainment, saloons, nightclubs, restaurants, and museums/shows/events with a cowboy feel. Its most famous venue… Billy Bob’s.

Nobody will say anything if you show up in your regular Dallas city slicker clothes… but most folks at least wear their boots when they come to the stockyards (think “live cattle” and “live horses”… seriously).

  • The cops of Panther City do a pretty good job of keeping the Stockyard main drag well policed. They realize that a lot of tourists come here and they want folks to have fun. The rowdy days really kinda ended in the 1990s.
  • Daytime is touristy stuff – stables, stageline, the train, cowboy hall of fame, cattle drive down the main street, museum, cattle pen maze, even a “wild west show,” etc.
  • Nighttime is nightlife – Billy Bob’s, rodeos, various saloons, restaurants, bars, dance halls (think night club with sawdust on the floor and dancing with your partner in the Texas Two-Step, Western Swing, and Waltzes)… and most importantly… live Country-Western Music and lots of it.
  • Shopping… need to buy something with a western theme? It’s here. It may not be cheap.. but it’s here.

Theme or Threat

  • ASPECT: C’MON IN AND MAKE YOURSELF AT HOME
  • ADDITIONAL NIGHTTIME ASPECT: YOU BETTER SMILE WHEN YOU SAY THAT

Face

The Face of the Stockyards is Randy Rostetter… seen above in the first image. In the real world he was killed this year (2011) by a damn drunk driver. However, in our game he lives on as a quirky personality that walks around the stockyards with Lone Star the longhorn… letting children take pictures. He still greets folks with a “Howdy” from beneath that huge handlebar mustache of his. In the game… he’s just a mortal. One of the good ones.

R.I.P Randy, thanks for all you did pard. ~Wolfhound

Stockyards

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