Friday, February 4, 2011

The Super Bowl is the perfect time to....

The Super Bowl has come to town and so I thought this might be a perfect time to show you around 
my "neck of the woods."

Let's start with a map of the area for a little clarification.

This is the Dallas-Ft. Worth metroplex.  On the left is the Ft. Worth area and on the right is the Dallas area.  Cowboys Stadium hasn't actually been in Dallas for many, many years.  It was previously in Irving (just west of Dallas) forever and now it is in Arlington (the big black circled area).  Although Dallas is getting all the attention, I wanted to be clear that all of this isn't even taking place in Dallas county but rather Tarrant County, which is the Ft. Worth area.  So, I'm giving Ft. Worth it's props and showing you a bit of it.  (The big red dot?  That's where I the far north Ft. Worth/Keller area).

It may surprise many of you who have never been to Texas that you can drive for miles and never see a horse and most Texans who live in the big city areas don't wear cowboy hats, many don't even own one.
We actually have sophisticated shopping, art districts and the most amazing restaurants and food.
Now, don't get me wrong.  I'm proud of my Texas roots and my Texas twang (I can turn on my accent and speak as hick as the next person when I want) but I would like people to know there is way more to Texas than cowboys and rodeos (although the annual livestock show just finished up.)

So, here's a bit of my town:
Bass Performing Hall

another view of Bass Hall
Botanic Gardens
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
Montgomery Plaza: used to be a huge Montgomery Wards store but has now
been converted into expensive lofts with shopping and restaurants below.
Ft. Worth Stockyards Horse and Mule Barns
Ft. Worth Stockyards: Merchants Exhibit Building

Stockyards Station: You can take the Tarantula train for a scenic tour
from Ft. Worth to Grapevine and back.  

The Tarantula train
TCU campus, the chapel
TCU visual arts building (TCU's a mix of old and new)
Old Home Supply (old home salvage); it's an awesome place
photos from here

Oh, and it's still snowing.  We got another 4-5 inches (some had more) over night and this morning.  It finally stopped around 2:00 this afternoon where I live.  The sun has finally come out (first time since last Monday) which makes it feel a bit warmer than the 20-something degrees it is.

Here's an old window table that's on my front porch.  It's a covered porch and
pretty deep but still managed to get a lot of snow on it.

The old shovel has seen a lot of action the last few days.

For those of you who have never been here,
 is this what you thought Ft. Worth, Texas was like?


  1. I'm from here...and no!! It has really been a mess and I am ready for SUMMER!!!

  2. Perfect post, giving people a different look at this area. And thank you for quantifying WHERE the Super Bowl will be held - Poor Arlington is just getting the short end of the stick for all the heck they have put up this last year - getting ready!

    One question though. Does that mean I'm not allowed to say that I own, and wear several Stetsons, or that it would only take me about 60 seconds to drive to the nearest horse in a pasture? (Rockwall area)

    Again, awesome post - and very timely!

  3. I have been and shopped at the Montgomery Plaza, been to the museum and TCU campus. But, never to the stock yards! They are prettier than I thought. Thanks for the tour!

  4. I love Fort Worth. I lived in Dallas County for years and have so enjoyed the more laid back style in Fort Worth. Great tour...makes me want to go out and visit these places again. But right now after being trapped in my house with the weather, I want to go visit anyplace! Have a great weekend.

  5. Ooohhh. . . you're making me miss Texas. Again.

  6. It's beautiful! Thanks for showing us around! It's so crazy to see snow there!!! Hope you're staying warm.

  7. Here is a big "Yee Haw" for your wonderful post and pics of the Ft. Worth area! I too am a "Texas" gal and love living here! In fact, I am not to far from your "spot" on the map!!
    Like my friend Denis said...don't want to go and visit anywhere unless it is above 70 and the sun is shining!
    Happy Trails....Cathy aka Girls Gone Junkin

  8. Well I sure didn't think you had a Tarantula Train.


  9. I stopped by after your comment! Thanks for your support btw! But I got all sidetracked when I realized you and I live in the exact same town! How fun!

    BUT I never know about the OLD home supply house, and now I am supper excited to go there!

    Anyway, I was going to say, are you sure we haven't featured you?! If you ever want to be featured let me know.

    Also, my mind has sorta been thinking we need to get some of the local Texas bloggers together, it may take me a while, but I am going to have to set something up! Anyway, talk to you again soon!

  10. Oh Gina this post bought back memories for sure....Back in '95 I came to the US to visit Friends for 6 weeks & ended up staying for 6 months in Balch Springs....This is where my LOVE AFFAIR of all things Texas & Texan began....I was so happy to see all the familiar places again....!!

    Maybe if I get to do a side trip when I come over for Antique Week we could get together....!!

    THANK YOU for sharing....!!

    Cheers for now from Oz,
    Tamarah :o)


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