Fort Worth's

Stockyard Museum Visit

NFWHS Building

Here is the front of the Ft. Worth Stockyards, home of the west's largest cattle echange since the 1890s. It has been many years since the last cattle drives, so the building is now home to the North Fort Worth Historical Society, and the Stockyards museum inside.

Historical Marker

This tells the story of the Fort Worth Stockyards Company, which this building housed.

The Palace Bulb

Palace Bulb in original Base

Palace Bulb with sketch of Theatre

The folks at the museum did me the honor of letting me see the bulb behind the glass! Here are the two shots I took of the Palace Bulb. Amazing to think of the faces that past this by over the years in the theatre, and now continues to shine continuously in the museum. As a note, it hung down from the ceiling for many years, and now is facing up.

Sarah, Tom, & Steve

Sarah, Tom, Steve, & the Palace Bulb

At long last I was able to meet Sarah Biles, who was my contact over the past 10 years, and though not at the museum daily, is still a Trustee for the museum. Tom Wiederhold, is President of NFWHS, and was kind enough to arange our visit at short notice, and a gracious host. (He is sitting under the Palace Bulb.) The last person in this shot is the first representative from the Bulb committee to have an official visit. If I look tired, this was my 2nd trip across US from sea to shinning sea in three weeks, but well worth the trip.

NFWHS Committee

The Volunteers

All of these folks were amazing to meet up with us the first night of our stay, way after closing time. Pictured in the top row, left to right are;
Gerlind Capling, Trustee, Sue Ann Hayley, Treasurer,
Marty Humphrey, 1st VP-Programs, Pat Simpson, Secretary,
Skip Humphrey, 2nd VP-Membership, and on the floor, Sarah Biles, Trustee, & Tom Wiederhold, President.

Bud Kennedy's Visit

Bud, Steve, Joey, & Tom

Pictured above are Bud Kennedy, of the Fort Worth-Star Telegram,
Teresa Burleson, Museum Manager, Steve Bunn Webmaster, holding
grandson Joey Armstrong, and Tom Wiederhold, President of NFWHS.

After a rocky good natured resistence to the Centennial Bulbs standing, Bud became a true believer that our two Bulbs share a place in history far outshining every other bulb in history. Plus he liked our great group of Firemen. It was wonderful finally getting to meet him, swap stories, and get pointed to a fantastic bar-b-que restaraunt. Thanks Bud!

And thanks to Tom and Teresa for showing us around the museum. There is a lot of old west history there, from cowboys, to indians, to gunmen, and settlers. The genuine articles. Even a barbed wire collection.

Thank you folks for your hospitallity! Now you need to swing by Livermore so we can treat you to the best of the valley! (Just let us know you're coming.)

Brian & Joey Armstrong Having fun

Old B&W TV

Stock Yards




Watching the Cattle Drive down the street

Getting Ready



Joey on Dad's shoulders

Thank You NFWHS!!!

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