About Fort Worth

About Fort WorthSelf-proclaimed "Gateway to the West," Fort Worth, Texas, is the fifth largest city in the state with over 740,000 residents. Founded by the U.S. military but built by cowboys in the Wild West, Fort Worth is now a Texas jewel with outdoor parks, museums, a distinctly western atmosphere, and a laid-back pace of life.

Located where the West and Clear Forks of the Trinity River meet, 30 miles west of the city of Dallas, Fort Worth was originally settled in 1849 as a U.S. military outpost on what was then the civilization frontier. A small community formed around the fort and, when the frontier moved westward, the community stayed.

Fort Worth's location on the Chisholm cattle driving trail soon made it a prime spot for growth, as Texas cattle merchants and cowboys used the city as a stockyard on their way north to the railroads of Kansas. Fort Worth developed the nickname "Cowtown" during this period of its history.

The Fort Worth Stockyards are still the city's biggest attraction, with millions of visitors soaking up all things western in the Stockyards National Historic District north of downtown. The 98-acre Stockyards provides visitors with numerous shops, restaurants and entertainment venues. In addition to the world-famous Billy Bob's Texas restaurant and dance hall, the Stockyards are home to the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame.

Over the past century, the city also gained a reputation for its public parks, event venues, and museums. The Fort Worth Zoo, Log Cabin Village, and Fort Worth Botanic Garden are all outdoor parks located west and south of downtown; while the Tarrant County Convention Center, Bass Performance Hall, Casa MaƱana Theatre and Billy Bob's are major concert and event venues. The Kimball and Amon Carter museums also attract numerous art lovers every year.

As for transportation, Fort Worth is serviced by two commuter airports, Meacham International Airport, north of downtown, and Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport to the northeast of the city. Major interstates criss-cross the city, with Interstate 35W bisecting it north-to-south and Interstates 20 and 30 cutting through east-west. Loop 820 circles the city, providing highway access to Fort Worth's suburbs.

Fort Worth also has a vibrant restaurant scene, especially close to downtown, where Joe T. Garcia's (Tex-Mex cuisine), Del Frisco's Double Eagle (steaks), and Sonny Bryan's Smokehouse (barbecue) provide an authentic taste of Southwestern cuisine. In Sundance Square, one of downtown Fort Worth's redeveloped areas, diners will find cuisines ranging from Mexican to seafood to Chinese to sports bar and nightclub fare.