Stockyards City

Stockyard City
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Oklahoma City's Stockyards City district represents not only the metro's rich history, its 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, it 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, across the Oklahoma River along Agnew Avenue. It stretches to Exchange Avenue.

Exit south from I-40 at Agnew.  Or, if traveling on I-44, take SW 15th and go east to Agnew.

Restaurants

Stockyards City is home to one of Oklahoma City's most well-known and longstanding restaurants, Cattlemen's Steakhouse. But that's not all. Enjoy country cooking at The Longhorn Cafe, Mexican favorites at Taqueria Los Comales or Central American specialties at Panaderia La Herradura.

The Paddock Club is a cocktail bar located just down the street from Cattlemen's.

Retail

The area features a number of unique, local retail outlets:

Entertainment and Events

  • Oklahoma National Stockyards auctions are held each Monday and Tuesday.
  • Enjoy the weekly talent showcase at the Oklahoma Rodeo Opry.
  • The Wright Library, the oldest in the Metro Library System, is located on the Stockyards City main street.
  • The district is home of the International Professional Rodeo Association.
  • June brings the Wines of the West Festival, featuring a number of local wineries.
  • Stockyards Stampede takes place each October 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? The excellent downtown OKC hotels are a short drive away, and here are some others in the area: