Friday, May 02, 2008

Fort Worth's Old West - Part 4

In the early 1900's this was where cattle, hogs, sheeps, mules, and horses trading deals were processed. Now it is a museum and office building.

For 34 years, Cowtown Coliseum was where the annual livestock exhibitions were held and the site of the first indoor rodeo in 1918. Now rodeos are held here every weekend.

Interior of the Cowtown Coliseum where the rodeos are held.

This is the outside of Billy Bob's which is said to be the largest honky tonk in the world. If you're not familiar with the term "honky tonk", it's a bar with musical entertainment and a dance floor. This building was once an open-air barn, an airplane factory, and a department store. If you like country music, you probably have seen this place before in movies or music videos.

I had to pay $1 to go inside Billy Bob's. The host here welcomed me to his establishment.

- AV


dot said...

I'm not much for honkey tonking but I love county music. Have always hear of this place but for some reason I thought it was closed down.

AVCr8teur said...

Dot, this might be my first honky tonk. Anyways, it's still there, but very few people during the day.

photowannabe said...

My goodness you sure get around. This looks like a fascinating place to visit. One dollar isn't much of an entrance fee nowdays.

Andrea said...

Looks interesting. I do not go to places like that but I do like to listen to country music some. I like gospel music best.

david mcmahon said...

Hog heaven - literally!!

Lilli & Nevada said...

Great place and i see the Bull Riding sign, did you ride the bull?

Texas Travelers said...

Thanks for the nice stories on my current Home Town.