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The city of Belton, less than 100 miles
from Austin, is justifiably proud of its association
with the Chisholm Trail. Cowboys
coming up the trail were glad to reach this
Central Texas spot where merchants could
refresh their supplies, and other diversions
were plentiful. More than 100 years later,
ranchers in the area continue that rich cattle
history, one that is touted in the city's
archives and museums. Pictured here is a
Chisholm Trail marker that welcomes visitors
to the Bell County Museum in Belton.
Image from the Bell County Museum.
G > +~~~ ~Fort Worth's other name-"Cowtown"-says it all. Tired cowboys and
trail drovers looked forward to the hotels, saloons, and lively entertainment
that could be found in Fort Worth, a Chisholm Trail epicenter for
Texas cattle herds moving north on the route. Today, in Fort Worth's
downtown Sundance Square, visitors can see a large, colorful mural that pays homage to the cowboys
and cattle that still give the city so much of its flavor. Visitors wanting to get a real taste of the old trail
days can do so daily in Fort Worth, where each day, a small herd of longhorns is driven along Exchange
Avenue at 11:30 a.m. and at 4:00 p.m. Image from the Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau.
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