I’ve been told that the phrase, “Cowboys and Culture,” was coined by the Fort Worth Convention and Visitors’ Bureau as a motto to sell the city. I’ve recently learned of just how well that phrase fits an important place in Fort Worth. Back in 1936 the Will Rogers Memorial Center was constructed as part of Fort Worth’s celebration of the Texas Centennial. It was named for Will Rogers because he was a close friend of Amon Carter and had died the year before in a plane crash. In 1935-6 other structures were built as part of the celebration including the original Casa Manana and large parking lots to accommodate the attendees. Today, all those structures are gone; even though Casa Manana is still there, it’s a completely different building. And in their place, some of the finest museums in the country have been built including the Kimbell, the Amon Carter, the Modern, the Museum of Science and History and the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame, all seats of culture in our city. And what’s at the center of all this culture? That’s right, the Will Rogers Memorial Center with its almost continuous parade of horse and cattle shows and rodeos, still representing the traditions of the old west cowboy. So, it’s not just a motto to sell Fort Worth; we have the culture of museums and theater literally surrounding the cowboy lifestyle right in the heart of our city. We call it the Cultural District, but now you know it represents so much more!
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September 30th, 2010 by Grover McMains
June 23rd, 2010 by Grover McMains
Next year’s Stock Show & Rodeo participants and guests have definitely been impacted by the fact that the Super Bowl will be here in 2011. If you don’t already know it, the final night of the Rodeo has been moved back to February 5 from the 6th because the Super Bowl is February 6! I think a layman might call that a conflict. However, no one asked me. That said, there is no reason why anyone coming to the 2011 Stock Show & Rodeo should have to be inconvenienced regarding lodging. The Texas White House, a Fort Worth premier bed and breakfast, is only about 5-6 minutes from the Will Rogers Coliseum by residential streets and has lodging available for next year’s event. The rates for that period are being posted on our web site; however, if you mention you are attending the Stock Show, I can work with you to accommodate your needs. We are restricted to couples for the most part or, of course, single individuals. And some other restrictions apply; so, please call us directly, and we will discuss them with you. If you’re reading this and already have lodging for the show but know of someone who is still looking, please pass this information along.
January 13th, 2010 by Grover McMains
Speaking of cattle (see our posting under Fort Worth museums) it’s time for the 114th Fort Worth Livestock Show & Rodeo, the longest, continuously running livestock show in the United States. Beginning Friday, January 15 and running until February 7, the show involves food, western vendors, livestock judging and, of course, one of the major rodeos of the year. There are even special rodeo events separate from the rodeo itself. Except for the finals rodeo, there are plenty of tickets and plenty of parking. It’s great fun for a couple or the family; so, check the Stock Show site for a daily schedule, then call The Texas White House for your reservation. We are only 5-6 minutes from all the action. A lot of people think that the show is in the Fort Worth Stockyards, but it’s not. Except for the downtown parade on Saturday, January 16, all events are held at the Will Rogers Coliseum and Complex just northwest of our bed and breakfast. If you have time, plan to come during the week; mention this post, and we’ll give you a discount on your room. And definitely plan to spend two nights. There’s just too much to see for only one day!
November 1st, 2009 by Grover McMains
The National Cutting Horse Futurity comes to Fort Worth’s Will Rogers Coliseum November 21 to December 13. It’s one of three cutting horse shows held in Fort Worth each year, but the futurity is the premier attraction. Two important points: first, our Fort Worth bed and breakfast is only 5 min. from the Will Rogers, and second, until the finals, admission is free! If you’ve never seen cutting horses in action, you’ve missed something very special. It is an exciting event each time a cutting horse works, and the interaction between horse, man and cow brings the old west to life again each time I see it.