In line with its frontier western heritage and strong patronage of the arts, Fort Worth is known as the City of Cowboys and Culture with the largest indoor rodeo in the world. It has many museums such as Kimbell Art Museum, Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Sid Richardson Museum and Fort Worth Museum of Science and Technology. It has a numerous other tourist landmarks.
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History of Fort Worth
The fertile land on the banks of River Trinity has been a favorite haunt for hunting since the time of the Native Americans, but it proved to be suited as the home of settlers. In 1849, Camp Worth was established as a military outpost and it culminated in the creation of Fort Worth. The city can be traced to a settlement established by Jonathan Bird in the year 1840. While Birdville was the seat of Tarrant countu, many settlers moved into the Fort Worth outpost. Fort Worth saw many firsts:
- Captain Julian Field established the first flour and corn mill
- Captain Ephraim Dagger set up the first hotel
- Dr Carroll Peak set up practice as the first physician in Fort Worth
- John Peter Smith opened its first school
In 1873, Fort Worth had a population of 500 when it was decided this city should incorporate and Dr. Burts was elected as its mayor.
Its first railroad was established in 1877. Fort Worth is popularized by the slogan Where The West Begins
During the 1870s, the first National Bank was established in Fort Worth. Fort Worth’s first great industry was meat packing.
Important Locations in Fort Worth
In line with its frontier western heritage and strong patronage of the arts, Fort Worth is known as the City of Cowboys and Culture with the largest indoor rodeo in the world. It has many museum such as Kimbell Art Museum, Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Sid Richardson Museum and Fort Worth Museum of Science and Technology. Some of the important cultural hotspots are Forth Worth Symphony Orchestra, Texas Ballet Theater and Fort Worth Opera. The Fort Worth Zoo has close to more than 5000 animals and has been accorded the status of a leading zoo by many periodicals and groups. Fort Worth Botanic Garden and Botanical Research Institute, Texas are also located within the city.
Amon Carter Museum of American Art
American art before 1945 is showcased in this museum. Leading artists such as Josh Singer Sargent, Alexander Calder and Charles Russell. You can get a visual treat just by looking at the exhibits. The museum is open from 10 am to 5pm from Tuesday to Saturday, till 8 pm on Thursdays and Sunday (noon- 5pm)
Address - 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd
Telephone Number - 1 817-738-1933
Located in Fort Worth, USD, Stockyards is where saloons, steakhouses and western wear shops abound in plenty. There is a self guided audio walking tour for just USD 12. There is also a walking tour leaving from Stockyard Station that lasts for 90 minutes.
Exchange Ave, Fort Worth,Texas
Telephone Number - 817-626-7921
Fort Worth Zoo
This is one of the most popular zoos in the state and home to more than 650 species and 5000 inhabitants. This includes endemic and endangered species. The zoo charges a fee of USD 12 for adults and 9 for children along with parking charges of USD 5. Museum opens from 10 in the morning to 5 in the evening all 7 days of the week.
Address - Forest Park off S University Dr
Telephone Number - 1 817 759 7555
Find more information about the zoo at this link
Museum of Science and History
Check out the fossils, dinosaurs and extremely exciting things to do at this museum including shows at the IMAX theater. Adults get charged USD 14 for entry while children get charged USD 10. Opening hours are from 10 am to 5 pm every weekend and weekday.
Address - 1600 Gendy St. Fort Worth Texas
Telephone Number - 1 817-255-9300
National Cowgirl Museum
This museum is large and spacious. It captures the lives and world of cowgirls in American society. From the costumes to the films, this is a museum that combines fun with education. Price charged for entry into the museum is USD 10 for adults and 8 for children. The museum opens from 10 am to 5 pm Tuesdays to Saturdays and 12 pm to 5 pm on Sundays.
Address - 1721 Gendy St, Fort Worth, Texas
Telephone Number - 1 817 336 4475
Population and Culture of Fort Worth
As per the Census Bureau, Fort Worth is the fastest growing city in the whole of Texas with population growth of more than 206,512 between 2000 and 2010. The 2010 Census indicates population of 741, 206 which represents a growth rate of 3.9%. Caucasian American constitute 42% of the population while African Americans constitute 18%. Other races include Hispanics(34%) and non Hispanic (6%).
Median family income in Fort Worth is around USD 56,194. Fort Worth is the 16th biggest city in the US and the fifth largest city in Texas state. Located in northern central part of Texas, this city covers close to 350 square miles. According to the 2014 census, Fort Worth has a population of 812,238. This is the second largest city in DFW Arlington Metropolitan Area. Initially established as an Army outpost, this city embodies Western traditions and design. It is home to several famous museums and architecture designed by Philip Johnson. It is also home to MNC headquarters such as Lockheed Martin and Radio Shack.
Phone and Time Zones of Fort Worth
Central Daylight Time is around 5 hours behind UTC/GMT. This time zone is used in North America and is a DST time zone. It is also called CDT.
Standard time zone: UTC/GMT -5 hours
Daylight saving time: 1 hour
Current time zone offset: UTC/GMT - 6 hour
Time zone abbreviation: CDT
Area/Phone Codes of Fort Worth
Dallas has the following phone codes:
This includes the communities of Allen- Cedar Hill, Carrollton, Crandall, Coppell, Desoto, Farmer’s Branch, Duncanville, Flower Mound, Grand Praire, Irving, lancaster, Lavon, Lewisvillege, Mesquite, Plano, Richardson and Rowlett along with other smaller communities: 214, 972 and 469.
This comprises Fort Worth metropolitan area of the following communities-Arlington, Benbrook, Bedford, Burleson, Cleburne, Flower Mound, Haltom City, Huest, Keller, North Richland Hills, Mansfield, Southlake and Watauga: 817 and 682
International Country Code- 1
Best Time to Visit Fort Worth
The best time to visit Fort Worth is during the fall in the months between November and September when the Texas State Fair is on and temperatures are manageable. Months between March and May are also good for visits but the cowboys football season during this time tends to create spiraling hotel prices. Summer however, marks the popular season for Fort Worth. DFW experienced all 4 seasons with highs in the 50s and lows in the 60s during winter. In the summers, temperature is in the 90s and there is heavy humidity.
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