Fort Worth: The City of Cowboys and Culture
Fort Worth is the 16th-largest city in the United States with a population nearing 1 million. It was established as an army outpost in 1849; one of eight forts assigned to protect settlers from Indian attacks on the advancing frontier. Best known for its cattle industry, Texas and Pacific Railway, oil and aviation, Fort Worth has become the No. 1 tourist destination in Texas, welcoming 8.8 million visitors annually. A far cry from its early days of lawless, brawling soldiers, frontiersman and outlaws!
Fun Facts about Fort Worth
- Nickname: Cowtown
- Fort Worth calls itself "The place where the West begins."
- Dubbed "Panther City" in 1875, the name still sticks today. Rumors grew of a panther that stalked and slept on the city streets at night. A Dallas newspaper ran a story claiming that Fort Worth was so drowsy, a panther was found sleeping on Main Street. Many sports teams adopted the animal in their logos.
- Stockyards National Historic District features Fort Worth's western heritage, including daily cattle drives, year-round rodeo and the world's largest honky-tonk.
- Cultural District contains five world-class museums.
- Downtown features Sundance Square Plaza, Bass Performance Hall, Water Gardens.
- Home to countless festivals such as Forth Worth Food and Wine, Main Street Arts, Mayfest, Rockin’ the River, Panther Island Pavilion, Concerts in the Garden, Fort Worth’s Fourth, and the Christmas Parade.
- Fort Worth bike share program offers more than 40 stations connecting the city's leading attractions.
- In 1909, the Fort Worth Zoo opened as the first zoo in Texas.
- 20 minutes from AT&T Stadium (Cowboys football) and Globe Life Park (Rangers baseball)
- 60 percent of America's paper money is printed at the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing Western Currency Facility in Fort Worth (tours are available). It is the only facility outside of Washington D.C.
- Texas Motor Speedway is one of the largest racing facilities in the nation, with seating for nearly 155,000 spectators.