Tarrant County Seat, North
32° 45' 26.49" N, 97° 19' 59.45" W (32.757358, -97.333181)
I-20, I30, I-35W
Hwys.377, 81, 287
30 miles from Dallas
259 miles from Houston
187 miles from Austin
262 miles from San Antonio
625 miles from El
Population: 918,915. (2020)
741,206 (2010) 534,697 (2000) 447,619 (1999)
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Fort Worth, 1876
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on the NW corner of County Courthouse:
Founded June 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.
"Where the West Begins"
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/
Landmarks / Attractions
|Texas & Pacific
Railway yard in Fort Worth, 1916
(from Book of Texas, 1916)
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and Camp Bowie by Mike Cox
“Cleaning Malaria Fever Haunts about Fort Worth,” read the across-the-page
headline in a twice-monthly publication called Pass in Review, a
civilian-run newspaper printed for soldiers training at Camp Bowie
and three nearby Army air fields.
Star of the Telegram: The Cartoons of Harold Maples by Devin
McCue. Reviewed by Dr. Kirk Bane
Worth's Rock and Roll Roots by Mark A. Nobles
Review by Dr. Kirk Bane
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 Clay Coppedge
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...
and Sam at the Fort Worth Frontier Centennial by George Lester
Billy Rose, Sally Rand's Nude Ranch and the 1936 Fort Worth Centennial
- From "The Thirties in Texas" series".
Unsung Saloonkeeper by Clay Coppedge
Short, The Undertakers' Friend by Maggie Van Ostrand
Luke Short, and the event that put White Elephant Saloon on the
the Books by Clay Coppedge
Fort Worth Native Sons
Fort Worth Judy Alter and James Ward Lee, eds.
Review by Dr. Kirk Bane 9-5-23
Miller by Maggie Van Ostrand
Quotes, and anecdotes of Roger and friends.
Fort Worth Razed Architecture
Board of Trade Building c. 1889-1890
History Cartoons by Roger T. Moore
Champion Trick Roper Chester Byers
National Fencing Championship
dropped fish in Fort Worth, 1985
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
Fortworth, Texas Area Destinations:
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