The term "North Texas" is generally used to describe the area around the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, east of Abilene, north of Waco, and south of Oklahoma. The term is often associated with the state’s most developed urban area, but it also includes several counties that are rural and agricultural.
Northern Texas is strongly associated with the state’s cowboy heritage. Among the better-known sights is Fort Worth’s Stockyards National Historic District, where over 4 million cattle were sold between 1866 and 1890, earning the neighborhood the nickname “Cowtown.” Attractions in the neighborhood include the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame, the Stockyard Museum, and the Jersey Lilly Old Time Photo Parlor.
West of Plano, the Arbor Hills Nature Preserve offers miles of paved and off-road recreational trails on more than 200 acres of land. It’s a perfect destination for those looking for the opportunity to hike, jog, bike, or spot wildlife.
North Texas history also includes the railway. At the Wichita Falls Railroad Museum, visitors can learn the story of the Missouri Kansas Texas Railway. Founded in 1865, it connected Texas with Kansas, Oklahoma, and Missouri and was the first railroad to access the North Texas region. The Railroad Museum features historic Pullman Troop Sleepers, a post office baggage car, a full steam locomotive, and several other antique railroad cars.
Civil war history also influenced North Texas. The Dallas Heritage Village is a living history museum featuring Texas life during the civil war era. Visitors can explore a village of 38 homes and businesses, as well as a schoolhouse, a church, and a farm. Performers in civil war-era costumes educate visitors about the history and daily life of the period.
North Texas is one of the state’s most urban areas, offering all the shopping, entertainment, restaurants, and cultural attractions of the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area. But it also has plenty to offer outdoor enthusiasts and a rich history that had a profound influence on the rest of the state.
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