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Stockyards City

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In Short:

Located southwest of downtown Oklahoma City, Stockyards City represents not only the metro's rich history, the city's importance as one of the largest livestock markets in the world, but it is also a unique area of western heritage celebration. With early 20th century architecture, the district is home to many western-themed stores, the popular Cattlemen's Restaurant, weekly cattle auctions and a number of special events.

History:

Stockyards City began as a packing area in the early 1900's when a group of investors, led by Anton Classen and Charles Colcord, opened packing houses south of Oklahoma City. In 1910, the Oklahoma National Stockyards Company, a public livestock market, opened, and before long, the district was becoming one of the most important industrial regions of the metro.
 

With the growth of the market came commercial shops, homes, banks, hotels and restaurants. By the mid-1960's Stockyards City ranked as one of the top livestock markets in the world, and in the early 70's, it took over the top spot, a position it still holds today.

Location & Directions:

Stockyards City is located southwest of downtown Oklahoma City and the Bricktown area, south across the Oklahoma River along Agnew Avenue. It stretches to Exchange Avenue.

Exit south from I-40 at Agnew or I-44 at SW 15th and go east to Agnew.

To See & Do:

Stockyards City is home to one of Oklahoma City's most well-known and longstanding restaurants, Cattlemen's Steakhouse. But that's not all. Other spots of interest include:

  • Popular western wear store Langston's
  • Weekly talent showcase at the Oklahoma Centennial Rodeo Opry
  • The Wright Library, the oldest in the Metro Library System
  • Home of the International Professional Rodeo Association
  • National Saddlery Rodeo & Gift
  • National Saddlery/Cross Bar Gallery

 

Special Events:

In addition to the weekly cattle auctions, Stockyards City has a couple of special annual events.

  • Each December, the area hosts a Longhorn Cattle Drive
  • There are sidewalk sales between Thanksgiving and Christmas
  • Stockyards Stampede takes place each June and has arts/crafts, food, bull-riding and more
  • Cowboy Christmas includes western activities, a parade and more

 

Nearby Hotels & Lodging:

Looking to stay near Stockyards City? Here are some hotel options:

 

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