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Billy Bob's by Carol M. Highsmith
Billy Bob's by Carol M. Highsmith

Billy Bob's, 2014

Carol M. Highsmith

Neon sign outside a bar, not Billy Bob's, which is a separate night club and dance hall nearby, in the Stockyards District of Fort Worth, Texas. The neighborhood celebrates a former livestock market that operated under various owners from 1866. Fort Worth Union Stockyards opened for business on January 19, 1890, covering 206 acres. By 1886 four stockyards had been built near the railroads. Today the Stockyards consist of mainly entertainment and shopping venues that capitalize on the “Cowtown” image of Fort Worth. They are the last standing stockyards in the United States.

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Credit
The Lyda Hill Texas Collection of Photographs in Carol M. Highsmith's America Project, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.
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