April 22, 1889, when the area known as the Unassigned Lands, Oklahoma Territory was opened for settlement. In just over 100 years, this collection of tents grew to a metropolitan city of nearly one million inhabitants. The pioneer zeal of those early settlers is just as evident in the Oklahoma City of today.
If you want to see a little of the real West of today, mosey on down to Stockyards City, a few minutes west of downtown. Home to the world’s largest stocker/feeder livestock market, Stockyards City is the “genuine article” and a “must see” when visiting Oklahoma City.
You won’t find any “My parents went to Stockyard City and all I got was this lousy T-shirt” shirts or Elvis salt and pepper shakers but you will leave knowing what a real steak tastes like, and that real boots don’t come from Bloomingdale’s.
Take time to browse the western wear and specialty shops lining the streets, complete with jeans (Wranglers is the brand of choice), hats, dusters, spurs and belt buckles the size of hubcaps. One popular destination for visitors to the Stockyards is Shorty’s Hattery, located at 1206 South Agnew, , home to one of only a handful of custom hatters left in the entire United States.
Located in the heart of the Stockyards District, Shorty’s ‘Caboy Hattery has created custom hats for Rodeo Champions to Country and Western Music’s biggest entertainers. The reason—quality and consistency.
Shorty’s hats are a trusted part of the cowboy’s wardrobe. Each hat is fitted and shaped individually according the customer’s facial features and shape of their head—critical features when determining the height of the crown, width of the brim and type of crease. Customers choose the color and quality of the hat from 20X to 100X (meaning 20% to 100% beaver fur) and then wait for the craftsmen at Shorty’s to create their custom hat.
The next time you see Reba McIntire, Charlie Daniels, Tonya Tucker or Michael Martin Murphy, check out their hat—it probably came from Shorty’s in the Stockyard’s District.
The western spirit that helped found OKC is alive and well at Shorty's are in the Stockyards District. Located one mile south of I-40 at Agnew, visitor’s can take advantage of the Metro Transit Orange Line Trolley, which operates on an hourly schedule, traveling between the Meridian Avenue hotels and Bricktown, with stops in the Stockyards.
For more information on Shorty’s Caboy Hattery, call 405-232-4287 or visit them at www.shortyshattery.com.
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