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Fort Worth Stockyards Horse and Mule Barns

 
 
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By Steve Gustafson, August 29, 2009
1. Fort Worth Stockyards Horse and Mule Barns Marker
Inscription. The Fort Worth Stock Yard Company's wooden horse and mule barns on this site were destroyed by fire on March 14, 1911, opening day of the Feeders and Breeders show (later Southwestern Exposition & Fat Stock Show). The show opened as planned, with former President Theodore Roosevelt giving the opening address. The company announced plans to replace the destroyed barns immediately with new concrete and steel fireproof buildings. Construction was completed in March 1912 and the new barns measuring 540' x 350' had a capacity for 3000 animals. With a price tag of $300,000, the buildings were described as among the finest stables in the world.
Activity here increased considerably in 1914, at the outbreak of World War I. Horses and mules were needed in great supply by European armies, and agents were sent in droves to Fort Worth to buy stock, spending an $11 million. During that time, Fort Worth was designated the largest horse and mule market in the world.
The wide space between the buildings has over the years spawned the nickname "Mule Alley". In recent years the barns have been used for various cultural activities and annual events.
Texas Sesquicentennial 1836-1986.
 
Erected 1986. (Marker Number 2035.)
 
Location. 32° 47.309′ N, 97° 20.809′ W. Marker is in Fort Worth, Texas, in Tarrant County. Marker is on E. Exchange Street, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 402 E. Exchange Street, Fort Worth TX 76164, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Quanah Parker (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Worth Livestock Exchange (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Worth Stock Yards Company (within shouting distance of this marker); Early Quarter Horse Shows (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Coliseum (about 400 feet away); The First Bulldogger (about 400 feet away); Thomas B. Saunders Family (about 500 feet away); Fort Worth Stock Yards Entrance (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Worth.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 15, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 9, 2010, by Steve Gustafson of Lufkin, Texas. This page has been viewed 1,078 times since then and 41 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on March 9, 2010, by Steve Gustafson of Lufkin, Texas. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
 
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