Marker on the NW corner of County Courthouse:
"Where the West Begins"
6, 1849, as frontier post of Co. F., 2nd Dragoons, 8th Dept., U.S.
Army. The commander, Maj. Ripley Arnold, named camp for his former
superior officer, Maj. Gen William Jenkins Worth. In 4 years of
operations, the post had but one serious Indian encounter. A town
grew up alongside the fort, as center for supply stores and stagecoach
routes. In 1856 Fort Worth became county seat of Tarrant
County. A boom started after 1867 when millions of longhorns
were driven through town en route to Red River Crossing and Chisholm
Traill. Herds forded the Trinity below Courthouse Bluff, one block
north of this site. Cowboys got supplies for the long uptrail drive
and caroused in taverns and dance halls. After railroad arrived
in 1876, increased cattle traffic won city the nickname of "Cowtown".
By 1900, Fort Worth was one of world's largest cattle markets. Population
tripled between 1900 and 1910. Growth continued, based on varied
multimillion-dollar industries of meat packing, flour milling, grain
storage, oil, aircraft plants and military bases. Fort Worth also
has developed as a center of culture, with universities, museums,
art galleries, theatres and a botanic garden.
|Ft Worth Stockyards
1907 postcard courtesy www.rootsweb.com/ %7Etxpstcrd/
Worth Area Destinations:
after 52 years on the road by Mike Cox
The Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce began planning a promotional
event they dubbed an "Aerocade." To showcase Cowtown as the commercial
capital of West Texas and potential air travel hub, civic leaders
-- including colorful Fort Worth Star-Telegram publisher Amon Carter
-- organized the aeronautical equivalent of a whistle-stop tour
of West Texas.
Fiz Flyer by
One of the first great aviation events in Texas was the arrival
of a flying contraption known as the Vin Fiz Flyer, which landed
in Fort Worth on Oct. 17, 1911 as part of what became the first
Atlantic-to Pacific airplane flight.
Rand and Yesterdays ‘House of Tomorrow’ by Clay Coppedge
News that Sally Rand would come to Texas for the Forth Worth Frontier
Centennial in 1936 was met with outrage by some and curiosity by
many. Her reputation, gained at the 1933 World Fair in Chicago in
1933, preceded her...
Short, The Undertakers' Friend by Maggie Van Ostrand
Luke Short, and the event that put White Elephant Saloon
on the map.
National Fencing Championship
History cartoon by Roger T. Moore
Fort Worth Native Son
Miller by Maggie Van Ostrand
Quotes, and anecdotes of Roger and friends.
Fort Worth Memories
and Sam at the Fort Worth Frontier Centennial by George
Billy Rose, Sally Rand's Nude Ranch and the 1936 Fort Worth Centennial
- From "The Thirties in Texas" series".
Fort Worth Razed Architecture
Board of Trade Building c. 1889-1890
Worth Tourist Information
Worth Convention & Visitor's Bureau
415 Throckmorton, Fort Worth, TX 76102
Phone (817) 336-8791 or (800) 433-5747
Worth Chamber of Commerce
777 Taylor St. #900 Fort Worth, TX 76102.
Phone: (817) 336-2491
Texas Area Destinations: See Tarrant
Book Hotel Here
& Pacific Railroad Building