Because of this reputation, in 1904 Colonel Thomas M. Thannisch built a wooden frame hotel in the heart of the Fort Worth Stockyards.1 The Colonel named this new building the Stock Yards Club, and it attracted hundreds of cowboys, frontiersmen, and outlaws. Because of Fort Worth's increasing popularity, in 1906-07, Col. Thannisch hired a contractor named C.E. Brown to build a three story brick addition to the Club on the east side.
Col. Thannisch quickly expanded several more times over the following years, and designed each addition to match the original structure perfectly. Once all the additions were completed, the hotel contained 86 rooms and several ground floor retail spaces.2 Over the years, the hotel has been the site of many boot shops, cowboy hat makers, and steak restaurants. Today, the hotel houses a world-class traditional steak restaurant, and a Texas-style bar. The original 86 rooms has been reduced to 54, to accommodate for modern amenities. From the hotel, guests can interact with a variety of western performers, artists, and historians. Local legend has it that several of these more infamous guests--who have long since departed--remain and haunt the famous rooms and suites of the Stockyards Hotel.
Over the years, the Stockyards Hotel has housed many famous and infamous guests, including Bonnie and Clyde, and country music legends from days past and present.3 Local legend has that Bonnie and Clyde handpicked their suite at Thannisch's hotel because of its location across from a bank--the very bank that they robbed the next day. Bonnie and Clyde stayed up through the night, observing and noting the bank and police movements through their window, carefully charting a plan that would allow them to escape with millions.
From the hotel, visitors can enjoy all that the historic stockyards district has to offer--from mock gunfights to longhorns, the Stockyards hotel allows guests to re-live history. A stay in one of the famous suites is an experience even the most established history student will enjoy, as each room is decorated with wanted posters, furs, and other artifacts that teleport a guest back to the days when cowboys roamed the range.