Whereas the Cowgirl Hall of Fame is decidedly high tech, this little museum, set in a soaring old mule barn (from the days when the Stockhouse was first built) is proudly old-fashioned. Each inductee of the Hall of Fame (from Lyle Lovett to famed rodeo clowns to bronco buster Larry Mahan) gets a wooden stall reminiscent of what you'd house a horse in. These are filled with memorabilia, from spurs, saddles, chaps and hats to posters and award plaques and, often, a video screen which tells, at a sound-level that often only barely audible, the story of the cowboy being honored. There are a few cowgirls in the mix, too. As interesting are the beautiful restored Sterquell Wagons dating from the 18th and 19th centuries, each of which had a different function (you'll see a milk wagon, a funeral wagon, a meat wagon and more). About an hour should be sufficient to take in the cowboys, though some visitors could do a run-through in half that time.

For those who want to broaden their knowledge of the Old West, the National Multicultural Western Heritage Museum, east of the Stockyards at 3400 Mount Vernon Ave. (tel. 817/534-8801;, pays much-needed tribute to a group of cowboys whose contributions were critical to opening the American West and are sadly often overlooked. The museum is open Saturdays from noon to 4pm or by appointment; admission is $6 adults, $4 seniors, $3 students, free for children 5 and under.

-Pauline Frommer