My daughter, Lydia, was the Director of Operations in the Fort Worth
Stockyards in the 80's and 90's. She knew I had done some furniture
upholstery and asked me to turn in a bid on the upholstery for the
amusement rides which were to be behind Stockyard Station.
Stockyard Station was built across the street from the Stockyard
Exchange building and was where some of the offices were moved to.
I was honored to have this priviledge and be a part of the expansion
of the that part of the stockyards.
Besides doing the upholstery using naugahyde, I also filled in for
other positions on an as needed basis. The most fun I had though
was to ride through the stockyards on a mule. I was wearing my
clown costume. For real folks, somebody led the mule while I rode.
There used to be a picture of me on that mule at a hotel on the
corner of Exchange St. That hotel is now a different establishment.
I also rode a dramadary, a one hump camel, which was there as
part of a festival. My clown character had fun riding the carousel
with the children. The amusement rides are no longer there.
A hotel eventually replaced the spot where the rides were.