Cattle drive pays homage to Fort Worth history

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Twice a day a few miles from downtown Fort Worth, about 15 Texas longhorns mosey down the brick streets of the city's historic Stockyards.

This is the Fort Worth cattle drive, which started its 10th year this summer in the city's historic Stockyards. With 284,000 visitors so far this year, it's already on par to break the attendance record of 366,000 set in 2007.

The re-enactment was first done 1999 to coincide with the city's 150th anniversary.

The mini version of the cattle drive was so popular that city officials kept it going, now holding it twice a day year-round except Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Fort Worth was the last major stop for cattlemen on the Chisholm Trail in the mid-1800s before taking their herds into Kansas and Missouri.

If the animals seem calm and obedient meandering down the street, that's their herd mentality - not sedatives or other medications.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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