“Cattle are improved by three different methods: by handling, by feeding and by breeding.” – U.S. Sen. Joe Bailey
Charles McFarland and Charles C. French shared this philosophy, harnessing the cattle industry’s national momentum to originate the Fort Worth Fat Stock Show in 1896. They improved upon the then-familiar “prize show” to create an arena through which ranchers shared progressive breeding techniques, setting the stage for Texas to become the leading national producer of beef stock. For more than a century, that reputation and reverence has remained steadfast.
The great fortune amassed by oil and cattle tycoons such as McFarland and French brought opulent European lifestyles to Fort Worth. Their mansions, emblematic of the luxurious cattle baron era, have been preserved by Historic Fort Worth Inc., a nonprofit preservation organization.
One of these prized landmarks is the Ball-Eddleman-McFarland home in the heart of Downtown, formerly belonging to McFarland’s brother, Hays, and sister-in-law, Carrie. It was Carrie’s quiet resolve never to abandon this grand estate, even as the neighborhood deteriorated and wealthy neighbors moved to west Fort Worth, that preserved one of the city’s most historic emblems.
Over the years, 1110 Penn St. has welcomed First Ladies Eleanor Roosevelt and Hillary Clinton, and as the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo enters its 120th year, it invites you to be immersed in the history and lifestyle that continues to shape Western culture.
The Ball-Eddleman-McFarland and Thistle Hill house museums are the first and second historic landmarks in Fort Worth, respectively, and are open to tour and rent now and throughout the year. To learn more or to make a financial contribution, visit historicfortworth.org.
Post sponsored by Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty associate Shannon Houchin. See our #FWSSR2016 special publication here: Celebrating Rodeo … Business Style
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