While they share a lot of history, culture, and even airports, Dallas and Fort Worth may at first seem to be a single entity, the DFW Metroplex. However, the locals know that Dallas, known as Big D, and Fort Worth’s Cowtown could not be more different, though they both have their merits. Fort Worth’s focus on music, the arts, and business are what set it apart.
The Treaty of Bird's Fort between the Republic of Texas and several Native American tribes was signed in 1843 at Bird's Fort in present-day Arlington, Texas. Article XI of the treaty provided that no one may "pass the line of trading houses" (at the border of the Indians' territory) without permission of the President of Texas, and may not reside or remain in the Indians' territory. These "trading houses" were later established at the junction of the Clear Fork and West Fork of the Trinity River in present-day Fort Worth. At this river junction, the US War Department established Fort Worth in 1849 as the northernmost of a system of 10 forts for protecting the American Frontier following the end of the Mexican–American War. The city of Fort Worth continues to be known as "where the West begins." As a stop on the legendary Chisholm Trail, Fort Worth was stimulated by the business of the cattle drives and became a brawling, bustling town. Millions of head of cattle were driven north to market along this trail. Fort Worth became the center of the cattle drives, and later, the ranching industry. It was given the nickname of Cowtown.
It is the 15th-largest city in the United States and the fifth-largest city in Texas. It is the county seat of Tarrant County, covering nearly 350 square miles (910 km2) into four other counties: Denton, Johnson, Parker, and Wise. According to the 2017 census estimates, Fort Worth's population is 874,168. Fort Worth is the second-largest city in the Dallas–Fort Worth–Arlington metropolitan area, which is the 4th most populous metropolitan area in the United States. Fort Worth is home to the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and several world-class museums designed by internationally known contemporary architects. The Kimbell Art Museum, considered to have one of the best art collections in Texas, is housed in what is widely regarded as one of the outstanding architectural achievements of the modern era. The museum was designed by the American architect Louis Kahn, with an addition designed by world-renowned Italian architect Renzo Piano opening November 2013. Also of note is the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, designed by Tadao Ando. The Amon Carter Museum of American Art, designed by Philip Johnson, houses one of the world's most extensive collections of American art. The Sid Richardson Museum, redesigned by David M. Schwarz, has one of the most focused collections of Western art in the US, emphasizing Frederic Remington and Charles Russell. The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, designed by famed architect Ricardo Legorreta of Mexico, engages the diverse Fort Worth community through creative, vibrant programs and exhibits.
The city is home to several university communities: Texas Christian University, Texas Wesleyan, University of North Texas Health Science Center, and Texas A&M University School of Law, and many multinational corporations, including Bell Helicopter, Lockheed Martin, American Airlines, BNSF Railway, Pier 1 Imports, XTO Energy and RadioShack.
Fort Worth Independent School District is a school district based in Fort Worth, Texas, United States. Based on a 2017-18 enrollment of 86,234 students, it is the fifth largest school district in Texas. Fort Worth ISD serves most of the city of Fort Worth, and the cities of Benbrook, Westover Hills, and Westworth Village. The district also covers portions of Forest Hill, Haltom City, Kennedale and unincorporated portions of Tarrant County.
In 2010, the district unveiled one of the most extensive, most comprehensive redesigns of secondary education in the nation with its Gold Seal Programs of Choice and Gold Seal Schools of Choice. Each of its 13 high schools introduced curricula focused on college and career pathways. As part of the Gold Seal plan, the district has also opened a single-gender school for girls, the Young Women's Leadership Academy; a single-gender school for boys, the Young Men's Leadership Academy; an early college high school, Marine Creek Collegiate High School; and an early college medical high school, the Texas Academy of Biomedical Sciences.
At its inception, Fort Worth relied on cattle drives that traveled the Chisholm Trail. Millions of cattle were driven north to market along this trail, and Fort Worth became the center of cattle drives, and later, ranching until the Civil War. Since the late 20th century several major companies have been headquartered in Fort Worth. These include American Airlines Group (and subsidiaries American Airlines and Envoy Air), the John Peter Smith Hospital, Pier 1 Imports, RadioShack, Cash America International, GM Financial, XTO Energy, and the BNSF Railway. Companies with a significant presence in the city are Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Lockheed Martin, GE Transportation, and Dallas-based telecommunications company AT&T.
In 2013, Fort Worth-Arlington ranked 15th on Forbes' list of the "Best Places for Business and Careers." In 2018, Fortune named Fort Worth the 18th best city for Hispanic entrepreneurs. In 2018 Dallas-Fort Worth ranked 18th on US News & World Report's list of "125 Best Places to Live in the USA".
There are too many hotels in the Metroplex to count, but on one travel site alone, there were 757 hotels listed. These can scale the ranks from AirBnBs to condos, Bed and Breakfasts to hotels, motels to resorts.
Fort Worth is home to restaurants of all types, scales, foods, and nationalities, most popular are the BBQ and Tex-Mex fusion. Whatever you are in the mood for, you can find something at one of the thousands of restaurants:
Multiple restaurants by Tim Love of Iron Chef America and Top Chef Masters
Fort Worth is conveniently located 17.5 miles from DFW International Airport. With 1,850 flights daily, DFW Airport serves as a gateway for visitors from around the globe, making Fort Worth an easily accessible international and domestic leisure destination. The Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, home to American Airlines, the second largest airline in the world, Largest in the US Two commercial airports serve Dallas: Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) and Dallas Love Field (DAL). Fort Worth is home to these four airports within city limits: Fort Worth Alliance Airport, Fort Worth Meacham International Airport, Fort Worth Spinks Airport, Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth. TEXRail is a commuter rail line opened in January 2019 that connects downtown Fort Worth with Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, with stops in the cities of Grapevine and North Richland Hills. Trinity Metro, formerly known as the Fort Worth Transportation Authority, serves Fort Worth with dozens of different bus routes throughout the city, including a downtown bus circulator known as Molly the Trolley. In addition to Fort Worth, Trinity Metro operates buses in the suburbs of Blue Mound, Forest Hill, River Oaks, and Sansom Park. A 2011 study by Walk Score ranked Fort Worth 47th-most walkable of 50 largest US cities.
Fort Worth is most notable for its Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo that comes to town every year. Another popular annual event is the Colonial Invitational Golf Tournament, held at the private country club. Fort Worth also has several museums; the Kimbell Art Museum, Amon Carter Museum of American Art, and Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. There are multiple places around the city to shop and dine, most popular is the West 7th Shopping and Dining Area. Beyond that, there are almost 300 parks and trails to visit, including the Fort Worth Botanic Garden. Fort Worth is home to the No. 5 zoo in the nation by USA Travel Guide.