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A hugely popular come-as-you-are backyard hangout is opening Fort Worth: Called Truck Yard, it'll open at the Alliance Town Center at 3101 Prairie Vista Dr., and according to a release, it'll officially debut on January 16.

Founded in Dallas on Greenville Avenue in 2013, Truck Yard is known for its food truck fare, live music, and bountiful bar. It was among the first in Dallas to celebrate the outdoors with a laid-back indoor-outdoor space furnished with yard games and quirky vintage decor.

There are now four locations total: the original in Dallas (which is currently closed for renovations), plus The Colony and in Houston which opened in 2019.

Alliance will be the largest Truck Yard, with 7,500 square feet of interior space and almost 2 acres of outdoor space. Unique features include a vintage Airstream mobile stage, murals, and an operational Ferris wheel.

Truck Yard Alliance The outdoor space spans nearly 2 acres.Truck Yard

The location, which has been in the works for more than two years, comes with new unique amenities including a "West Texas Pole Barn" which serves as an indoor honky-tonk homeland offering space for dining, events, and live music.

The space is outfitted with large patio heaters and fire pits, and they're also offering a new technology-driven ordering system that allows customers to order at any table from their phone.

Food will be provided by a rotating lineup of local food trucks as well as Truck Yard’s own cheesesteak and nacho truck. Beverages include craft cocktails on draft, frozen drinks, wine, and local beer including drafts from the company’s own brewery, Second Rodeo Brewing.

Truck Yard is also famous for monthly themed events such as Trucktoberfest, Loco for Coconuts Luau, and Pour Decisions Wine Party.

Truck Yard Alliance Unique features include vintage Airstreams.Truck Yard

In a statement, founder Jason Boso, who also founded the Twisted Root burger chain, says the goal is to have a place that feels like you’re enjoying a lazy afternoon with friends in your backyard.

“The Alliance community has been awesome to us. If the number of inquiries about our opening are any indication of their excitement, we’re in for a great ride!” says Boso.

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Zillow's experts predict the top 5 home trends for 2023 in Fort Worth and beyond

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Zillow analyzed its listings data to determine the top five home trends to watch in the New Year, and while it may be 2023, not 2020, many pandemic-era home fads are still hanging on.

Do not disturb
Take, for example, segmented layouts. The past three decades have seen contractors taking down walls to create open-concept spaces, but more than a quarter of all Zillow listings mention "privacy" or "private spaces," up 7 percent over last year.

"The pandemic exposed the fatal flaw of the open floorplan once everyone was living, working, and schooling at home: the lack of privacy. A soundless space for video calls or a quiet sitting room for reading became more desirable than ever," says the study.

Homeowners who have open floorplans will look to compartmentalize their space through furniture layout and design to create private nooks and corners, Zillow predicts.

Room to roam
Backyards are also still a luxury, and are highlighted in one out of every five Zillow listing descriptions. Mentions of patios and pools also surged, up by more than 13 percent and 11 percent, respectively, in 2022.

"The rising popularity of outdoor features suggests the pandemic has changed the way we want to live for good, priming the backyard for a 2023 evolution," says Amanda Pendleton, Zillow's home trends expert. "When the pandemic forced all entertaining outdoors, homeowners reclaimed their backyards from the kids or the dogs. Now they're rethinking how that space could serve as an extension of their home in new, creative ways."

In 2023, Zillow says to look for outdoor home gyms, natural pools alive with plants, edible gardens, and outdoor rooms for dining, lounging, and quiet reflection.

Gather 'round
Speaking of entertaining — and just general everyday living — kitchen islands are increasing in functionality and desirability.

Zillow listings mentioning a kitchen island saw an uptick of 19 percent in 2022, as people move further away from formal dining rooms and embrace the casual comfort of gathering in the kitchen.

Expect to see these islands stand out with contrasting paint colors or wood stains and different countertop materials, Zillow predicts. The trend of repurposing unique furniture pieces or vintage tables as islands will also grow in 2023, the company says.

Upgrade and upkeep
Lots of other home improvements are on the horizon, especially for younger homeowners.

A new Zillow survey finds 48 percent of homeowners younger than 40 have tapped the equity in their home in the past two years, most commonly to pay for home improvement projects.

However, 90 percent of those homeowners under 40 who took out a home equity line of credit or second mortgage, or opted for a cash-out refinance, have yet to spend all the money they borrowed, suggesting 2023 may be the year they complete all the renovation projects on their to-do list.

What's on the docket? Improvements that make homes more sustainable, low-maintenance, and high-tech. Investing in drought-resistant landscaping and smart-home systems are energy-efficient projects that can help save money and the environment, and boost a home's value when it's time to sell.

Mirror, mirror
One trend you might not have seen coming is the return of mirrored walls and ceilings, which are now appearing 12 percent more often in listing descriptions on Zillow.

We're not talking 1970s panels, per se, but rather antiqued mirrored surfaces applied in a grid for a tres chic Parisian feel.

Don't want this shiny upgrade to feel overwhelming? Embrace the closed layout and go bold in one room only.

Jon Smith Subs

Florida sandwich chain brings hot & cold subs to Dallas-Fort Worth

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A sub sandwich restaurant chain founded in Florida is coming to Dallas-Fort Worth with two locations in the works. Called Jon Smith Subs, it's a chain known for its subs made fresh and novel French fries, and will debut in North Texas in mid-2023.

Bringing the concept to North Texas is Rama Mullapadi, an entrepreneur who says he liked the freshness of the food.

The two locations are:

  • Fort Worth, at The Neil P. Anderson Building at 411 W. 7th St. #100, in the former Planet Sub shop at the corner of 7th and Lamar
  • Frisco, at 5001 Panther Creek Pkwy #400, a new build in the tippy-tippy north part of town, right off the Tollway

Jon Smith Subs was founded in 1988 by the eponymous Jon Smith, a colorful entrepreneur who took over two failing sub shops in Palm Beach County, Florida, and transformed them into successes.

The company became part of United Franchise Group in 2016, and now there are two dozen locations across the Southeast and the Midwest, including Michigan and Ohio.

This isn't Jon Smith Subs' first foray into Fort Worth: They had a location at 2812 Horne St., off Camp Bowie Boulevard, which opened in 2018, but closed a year later. (The space is now home to Helen's Hot Chicken, a Nashville hot chicken place.)

The chain is about overstuffed sandwiches and preparing its food onsite. A spokesperson says that 80 percent of what they serve comes off the grill.

That includes both hot subs and cold subs, on a 6-inch or 12-inch bun, just like Subway, in varieties such as:

HOT

  • Grilled steak or grilled chicken with "the Bomb" treatment: grilled onion, pepper, mushroom, bacon, tomato, provolone, & mayo
  • Grilled veggie, with onion, pepper, mushroom, tomato, & provolone, with oil & vinegar
  • Grilled Italian, with onion & pepper in marinara sauce & provolone
  • Grilled kielbasa, with onions, provolone, & mustard

Plus basics like meatball, hot pastrami, and a cheeseburger sub.

COLD

  • The Italian with salami, ham, pepperoni, capicola
  • Triple Deli with turkey, ham, & roast beef
  • Tuna with lettuce, tomato, white onion, & pickles

Plus basics like ham & cheese, turkey, and a shameful Garden veggie consisting of lettuce, tomato, onion, & pickle. What an embarrassment, come on, Jon Smith, make an effort. Marinate some tofu. Grill some eggplant and bell pepper. Or just call Mrs. Goldfarb and get her Unreal Deli corned beef.

An add-on flexible portion of the menu consists of regional favorites like the Cuban, the Reuben, and Cajun chicken.

Their fries are thin and crisp, and they say that having them differentiates them from sub chains who only serve potato chips. Subway cough cough.

Photo courtesy of Nickel City

Where to drink in Fort Worth right now: 5 spooktacular bars for Halloween sips

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Halloween month is the ideal time for bars to jump on board a current Instagrammy pop-up trend in spooky fashion. While the haunted holiday is taking over a few Fort Worth establishments, others are launching Halloween-themed drinks – some sweet like trick-or-treat candy and others as scary as their horror flick inspirations. Here are five Fort Worth bars for grown-ups to celebrate ghoulish shenanigans all month long. Some are so close together, they'd make for a creepy crawl. The last one is a beer haunt with new Halloween brews.

Nickel City
The award for “spookiest bar in DFW” goes to Nickel City, the Austin-based neighborhood bar on South Main Street. Now through the end of the month, it's home to a super scary pop-up bar concept called Black Lagoon, currently appearing in just nine cities across the U.S. and Canada (but not in Dallas). Life-sized coffins, skeletons, and goth-themed décor combine to create a spooktacular atmosphere with Halloween-themed craft cocktails to match. Try the Screaming Banshee, made with gin, pineapple syrup, and Greek yogurt; or the Hellraiser, made with Hornitos tequila and spiced rum. Drinks are served in eerie glassware, like skulls and bony hands, which are also for sale. Monster mash to the beat of sinister Black Lagoon playlists while there. The pop-up will run through October 31.

Nickel City Black Lagoon Halloween pop-up Nickel City is one of just nine bars in the U.S. to host the Black Lagoon pop-up.Photo courtesy of Nickel City

Proper
This longtime Magnolia Avenue cocktail lounge – which sets a high bar for expertly crafted drinks – typically goes all out for Christmas with festive décor and libations. But this year owner Lisa Little-Adams is letting her team go wild with a Halloween pop-up themed after the cult favorite movie, The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Cocktails with ties to the movie include the Hot Dog – a nod to the star character, Dr. Frank N. Furter – made with vodka, pineapple, lime, tonic water, and bitters; the Hot Mess, made with tequila blanco, lime, peach puree, crème de cassis, and Tajin; and the Dammit Janet, made with gold rum, apple syrup, lemon, curacao, and walnut liqueur. The pop-up officially kicks off on October 17 and will run through Halloween.

Hot Dog cocktail, Proper The Hot Dog cocktail at Proper.Photo courtesy of Proper

Tarantula Tiki Lounge
Call this South Main Street tiki bar “Tarantula Terror Lounge” this month as the tropical drinking establishment has launched a full menu of creepy cocktails, shots, and party bowls for sharing. Morbid concoctions include the Ghoul Summer, made with two kinds of rum, banana, pineapple, coconut, and spices; and Mai Time to Die, a play on the traditional Mai Tai. Knock back the pink-hued Rocky Horror Picture Shot, or share the Ghouls Gone Wild – made with three rums, mango, guava, and passion fruit – with a friend or two.

Tarantula Tiki Lounge Ghoul Summer at Tarantula Tiki Lounge.Photo courtesy of Tarantula Tiki Lounge

The Back Room at Funky Picnic
This brand new South Fort Worth speakeasy, opened recently in the former Black Cat Pizza space (401 Bryan Ave.) by the owners of neighboring Funky Picnic Brewery & Café, serves cocktails, small plates, and wood-fired pizzas. The Back Room is strictly 21-and-up – but bring the fur babies because there’s a cute little covered pet-friendly patio. Drinks here are pretty, like the Trick-or-Treat Martini, a special this month featuring peanut butter-infused vodka, chocolate liqueur, chocolate syrup, and a graham cracker rimmed glass garnished with a toasted marshmallow. Try one during limited opening hours, which are Friday through Sunday from 3-11 pm.

Halloween cocktail The Back Room's Trick-or-Treat Martini.Photo courtesy of Funky Picnic

Martin House Brewing Company
The Sylvania Avenue brewery along the Trinity Trails – which has gained national attention for its quirky beer flavors – just brewed up four new Halloween-themed brews. Collectively called Marty’s Little Monsters, the limited releases are available on tap at the brewery and in a four-pack of cans in select stores. The lineup includes Battle Bats, a vanilla milkshake IPA; Gummy Ghost, a strawberry cream sour; Mr. Mummy, a vanilla toffee crunch stout; and Wicked Wolf, a peanut butter marshmallow blonde. The taproom is open daily, but expect a busy scene on Thursdays and Saturdays when the brewery sells $15 wristbands good for a souvenir pint glass and four 8-ounce pours.

Martin House Martin House has brewed up several new Halloween-time beers.Facebook/Martin House

Hotel Vin

Trendy pop-up igloo bubble bars return to Grapevine hotel for holiday

Igloo News

A somewhat new but already beloved holiday tradition has returned: Hotel Vin, the hotel in Historic Downtown Grapevine, has brought back its famous "Bubbles" - cozy igloos that serve as pop-up bars during the holiday season.

A statement from Hotel Vin says the bubbles will debut on November 18 and remain through February 14. That may seem like a ways off, but in the past, these have sold out fast, and they're already taking reservations (reserve your bubble here).

Igloo bars first bubbled up in DFW in 2019, then surged in 2020 during the pandemic days, when people were trying to find ways to be social in outdoor settings.

They were novel and fun enough that they blossomed into their own sizzling-hot trend, returning for the 2021 holidays and now for 2022.

Also referred to as garden igloos, these "bubbles" are like plastic caves, like a geodesic dome, where you can hang out and imbibe under the winter sky, protected by your bubble from the elements.

They're ideal for groups and make for a good amusement during the holidays.

In prior years, the bubbles were planted on Hotel Vin's rooftop, but this year, they're located on the WineYard lawn. According to a spokesperson, the prior rooftop location led to some instability on the part of the bubbles. You don't want a bubble to float off the roof with party people inside.

bubble igloo bar You can have dinner inside the igloo. Check out the fur throws, so cozy.Hotel Vin

Their eight bubbles are decked out with après ski-lodge décor including fur blankets, heaters, and treats, creating an ambiance of coziness amidst an evergreen forest. They're open Wednesdays-Sundays from 5-10 pm.

Pricing
Happy Hour Bubble from 4-5 pm is $150
Enjoy a bottle of wine and fondue.

Two-Hour Lounge Bubble from 5:30-8 pm is $250
Same as the happy hour bubble, but with 90 more minutes.

Full Dining Bubble from 5:30-8 pm, $150 per person
Seasonally inspired three-course dinner comes with a bottle of wine. Additional beverages are available for purchase throughout your meal.

Graze Craze

Charcuterie chain Graze Craze slices up first location for Fort Worth

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One of the hottest dining trends in the past few years has been charcuterie boards, and now we have a takeout place with a charcuterie theme: Called Graze Craze, it's bringing a customizable grazing experience to Fort Worth's City View Plaza at 4750 Bryant Irvin Rd., where it opens on October 3.

This will be the third location in Texas, following Houston and Plano, which opened in March.

Graze Craze was founded in Oklahoma by US Air Force veteran Kerry Sylvester, and specializes in artfully designed platters with food for grazing including fruits, vegetables, cheese, crackers, meats, and sweets.

The menu features several options, whether for meat-and-cheese lovers or a vegetarian feast. Each charcuterie platter is "curated" by a "grazologist", a term they've trademarked to describe your own charcuterie concierge. Smart to trademark that term, someone might steal it otherwise.

Menu options have cute names like:

  • Gone Grazey, their signature platter with hummus, breads, grapes, Brie, assorted cheese slices, crackers, hot soppressata, peppered salami, sweet coppa, carrots, rosemary crackers, cracked pepper crackers, mini bell peppers, prosciutto, fennel-spiced ham, goat cheese with honey & pistachios, wheat crackers, cherry tomatoes, mini cucumbers, kiwi, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, craisins, nuts, cottage cheese dill dip, cranberry orange jam, raspberry jam, lemon dill mayo, spicy brown mustard, honey, and dark chocolate bark.
  • Sweet & Grazey, a dessert board with grapes, pound cake with caramel and pistachios, brownies with white chocolate syrup, lemon cake, oranges, kiwis, macaroon, dessert bread, manchego cheese, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, craisins, strawberries, and dark chocolate bark.

The boards come in different sizes, from single boxes for the lone grazer, to boards with enough to feed a party of 10. A Small Board ($105) serves 6. Medium Board ($135) serves 8. Large Board ($165) serves 10. A Picnic Box is $75 and the Lone Grazer Box is $27.

Graze Craze is part of the United Franchise Group whose other concepts include Jon Smith Subs and The Great Greek Mediterranean Grill. There are more than 30 locations in Oklahoma, Utah, Florida, Tennessee, Massachusetts, Washington, with many more slated to open including one in University Park, near SMU, and another in San Antonio.

Bringing it to Fort Worth are Celeena and Donnie Bedore, who are eager to share their love for charcuterie.

"We fell in love with Graze Craze's charcuterie as customers and can't wait to share the unique concept with the community," Donnie says in a statement. “Fort Worth is a hot market for gatherings, weddings, and corporate events and we’re proud to offer a fresh and delicious product that’s perfect to be at the center of any celebration."

Graze Craze Fort Worth will be open for pick-ups Monday-Saturday from 8 am-6 pm and Sunday from 10 am-3 pm.

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Monumental new sculptures by  renowned 9/11 artist take root at Texas Botanic Garden

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Here is something new for Texas travelers who enjoy exploring art in nature. An intriguing new collection of sculptures called "Intertwined: Exploring Nature's Networks," by renowned artist Steve Tobin, opened at the Houston Botanic Garden on January 28.

Tobin's collection of pieces soar and wind and unfold against the backdrop of the gardens paths and trees, connecting the bronze, glass, ceramic, and steel sculptures to the landscape.

The connection is important for Tobin, an artist who may be most well known for his Trinity Root, a memorial that was cast from the roots of the tree that protected one of New York City's cathedrals during the 9/11 attacks. As a child, he was known as "Nature Boy," which he says was as apt then as now.

"I would find twigs or mushrooms, and they would mean something to me," he says. "I'm the guy with my nose in the sand and my butt in the air, looking deeper than most people. I think I see more. I think it's part of my DNA."

Originally from Pennsylvania, Tobin graduated from Tulane University in 1979 with a degree in math. He was always drawn to art, however, and his massive creations - from eggs in birds' nests to roots and limbs woven together to branches stretching to sky - evoke the powerful pull he feels to the natural world and a desire to help others see its beauty. The Christian Science Monitor described his works as "monuments to the meeting of science an art."

"Science is more creative that art," he explains. "Scientists have to describe the universe from nothing, and the explanation has to work. Artists can make up whole worlds. Scientists don't get credit for their vast creativity."

By focusing his works on the natural world, Tobin looks to showcase how the two subjects work in harmony, and how people can interact with them. In Eagle Nest, a huge, polished steel egg sits perched in nest.

Polished to a high gloss, the egg becomes a mirror. "You look at the egg and you see yourself," Tobin says. "It shows that you are in the egg."

For Tobin, there is magic in helping people, whether they are art novices or aficionados, find a connection with his art.

"I've done my job when someone has an expression of magic," he says. "And once you open that door, even for a second, it can never be fully closed."

He says he is looking forward to Texas audiences seeing his works in the garden, which he feels is a natural place for his sculptures — the biggest of which is 30 feet high and took 2,000 hours of welding to complete.

Showcasing his sculptures there cements the harmony with nature he feel and thinks is something others should strive to see. Tobin even has a connection to Houston: one of his great friends, a woman he met at Tulane, lives there.

Two other pieces also have roots there. Tobin says Steel Roots will resonate particularly well in Texas. "It's made from repurposed oil pipe, a lot of it from Texas," he says. "So now, it's back home in a different context."

And when Botanic Garden guest encounter the Twisties, they'll likely recall hearing the terms from gymnast Simone Biles, who famously used the word to describe the disconnect she felt between her mind and her body. Tobin's sculptures are between eight and 17 feet high and evoke Asian calligraphy. He describes them as "distorted gymnastics."

Mostly, though, Tobin wants visitors to get a window into how he imagines the world.

"I try to translate into sculpture what I see so people can see what I see."

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"Intertwined: Exploring Nature's Networks" runs Saturday, January 28 through August 13 at Houston Botanic Garden, 1 Botanic Garden Ln. Regular garden admission is $15. For tickets and more information, visit Houston Botanic Garden online.

Photo courtesy of Houston Botanic Garden

Tobin's 'Romeo & Juliet' sprouts from the grounds.

Bolstered by 'Yellowstone,' Fort Worth ranks No. 25 on new list of best cities for filmmakers

That's showbiz

Taylor Sheridan continues his magic touch for Fort Worth: For the second year in a row, the city has landed a top-25 spot among the best big cities to live and work as a moviemaker.

Fort Worth repeats at No. 25 on MovieMaker Magazine's 2023 list. It is joined by four other Texas cities in the top 25: Austin (No. 12), Dallas (No. 20), Houston (No. 21), and San Antonio (No. 22).

MovieMaker compiles its annual list based on surveys, production spending, tax incentives, additional research, and personal visits whenever possible — with the notable exclusions of Los Angeles and New York:

"We don’t believe people should have to be rich or well-connected to make movies," writes MovieMaker editor Tim Molloy. "And we know plenty of people who moved to L.A. or New York with filmmaking dreams and ended up working industry-barely-adjacent jobs just to pay the bills. We think the best place to live is one you can afford — a place where you can be happy, inspired, and financially free to pursue your art."

These criteria are themes throughout the ranking: Atlanta, Georgia, took the top spot overall, followed by Vancouver, British Columbia (No. 2), and New Orleans, Louisiana (No. 3). The five Texas cities on the list all boast more affordability than Los Angeles or New York, and each one features a deeply supportive film community and various local incentives.

Fort Worth made the list for the just second year, thanks in large part to the shooting of series in the Yellowstone franchise.

"Fort Worth is the proud home of Taylor Sheridan’s upcoming Paramount+ limited series about Bass Reeves, the once-enslaved man who became a famed federal marshal," Molloy writes. "Sheridan’s Yellowstone prequel 1883 also shoots in Fort Worth, and is based in nearby Weatherford, where Sheridan owns a ranch. Fort Worth offers clear skies, easy permitting, and a vibrant film culture that includes the Lone Star Film Festival.

"The 13th-biggest city in the country also has experienced crews and a cost of living almost exactly in line with the U.S. average. While there’s no official local incentive program, the city’s very accommodating film officials work hard to offer soft incentives like deals on hotels."

Neighboring Dallas came in at No. 20, selected for its location and architecture, among other factors.

"Why choose Dallas? The city offers an online document that addresses just that question, and points to factors including its equal access to both coasts, great weather (except for some cold nights) and striking visuals, including modern and futuristic buildings that form a strikingly camera-worthy nighttime skyline," Molloy writes.

Dallas' diversity, plethora of permitting options, and cost of living also bolster its ranking.

"It’s one of the most diverse cities in the country, with a deep, experienced crew base, easily obtainable permits, and hotel deals to be had — if you’re shooting in Dallas and staying in the city’s hotels for at least 15 nights, you could qualify for up to 10 percent back on rooms," Molloy writes. "It’s a great city to work on other people’s projects so you can save enough money to create your own, and is almost exactly in line with the U.S. average cost of living. Just drive or walk its streets and it’s impossible not to notice the new construction and businesses popping up all over town, and it’s full of rising filmmakers who pitch in to do each other favors and bring one another’s projects to life."

He adds that the Dallas International Film Festival does an admirable job of showcasing must-see films, such as last year’s documentary Juneteenth: Faith and Freedom.

Elsewhere in Texas

"Texas is booming, as you’re about to see from the five Lone Star State cities on this list — all of which would be higher in our rankings if Texas offered more generous tax incentives," Molloy writes. "Still, the state is working hard to attract film and TV projects, and the signs of growth are obvious all over the state."

Austin unsurprisingly took the highest Texas spot at No. 12, scoring points beyond the obvious benefits of SXSW. MovieMaker praised smaller fests like the Austin Film Festival, as well as the Texas Moving Image Industry Incentive Program, and Austin's impressive list of filmmaker residents (Richard Linklater, Robert Rodriguez, and Terrence Malick — to name a few).

Houston placed right behind Dallas at No. 21, with MovieMaker touting its diversity and low cost of living.

San Antonio came in fourth among Texas cities at No. 22, selected for its plethora of permitting options, reinstatement of local film incentives, and growing educational opportunities such as the University of Texas at San Antonio’s new Bachelor of Fine Arts Film & Media Studies program.

New Fort Worth ghost tour showcases the spookier side of the Stockyards

Ghosts of Cowtown

A national travel company is showing off the scary side of the Fort Worth Stockyards with the launch of a brand new ghost tour.

US Ghost Adventures, an Orlando-based company that hosts ghost tours in some of the most haunted cities in the country, has just added Fort Worth to its list of tour locations. The one-hour tour is held nightly at 8 pm and includes eight stops within a one-mile walking distance.

Some of the haunted highlights from the tour include Miss Molly’s Hotel (109 W. Exchange Ave.), a former brothel where unexplained activity – think lights turning on and off, heavy breathing, and footsteps heard on the stairs – have long been documented.

The Stockyards Hotel (109 E. Exchange Ave.), built in 1904, is said to be home to the apparition of its developer, Colonel T.M. Thannisch, as well as rodeo cowboy C.D. “Junior” Colwell, who is said to have committed suicide to avoid jailtime for swindling people.

Tour participants will also visit the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame (2515 Rodeo Plaza), where it’s said the six-foot, four-inch ghost of famed actor John Wayne has been seen admiring the cowboy memorabilia on display – even with a museum dedicated solely to him located just steps way at John Wayne: An American Experience.

While other ghost tours exist in Fort Worth, US Ghost Adventures owner Lance Zaal says his tour specializes in storytelling.

“US Ghost Adventures offers EMF detectors and focuses on telling the history behind the hauntings,” says Zaal.

When paranormal activity takes places, theories suggest electromagnetic disturbances can be seen with electromagnetic field (EMF) detectors. Lights on the detector indicate the strength of the disturbances, with a green light meaning little to no activity, yellow meaning moderate activity, and red meaning high activity.

Fort Worth was one of 12 new cities recently added to the US Ghost Adventures roster, as well as Houston and El Paso. The company operates tours in more than 50 cities across the country, and full list of new cities include:

The tour is $25 per person and there’s a two-person minimum. There's also an option to add a 30-minute bonus tour of four additional stops for just $6 per person.

Reservations should be made in advance online, and participants should meet at the Livestock Exchange Building at 131 E. Exchange Ave.