In 1896 Charles McFarland was one of the founders of the Southwest Exposition and Fort Worth Fat Stock Show.
It is the oldest running stock show in the Southwest. Hay McFarland, Charles’ brother, lived in the McFarland House from 1905 until his death in 1948. Both brothers owned ranches in Parker County.
During the 1920’s Hays and Carrie McFarland owned the second largest herd of polled Herefords in Texas. The McFarlands always had a box at the rodeo and entertained a lot at that time. Mrs. McFarland frequently had a hand in organizing the social galas that accompanied opening events at the stock show.
The public can tour the house where Hays and Carrie McFarland lived (Carrie lived in the house from 1905-1978) Wednesday-Friday at 11am, 12pm, 1pm, and 2pm or on Sundays at 1pm, 2pm, or 3pm. It is located at 1110 Penn Street and is in excellent condition – original floors, light fixtures, molding, stained glass windows, and wallpaper Carrie installed in the 1940s.
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Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo in the Beginning
Posted On February 15, 2011