Interesting facts about Fort Worth

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Fort Worth is a city in Texas.

It is located in North Texas, and has a generally humid subtropical climate.

As of June 2019, the population of Fort Worth is about 900,000 people. It is the 13th-largest city in the United States and 5th-largest city in Texas.

It is situated at the confluence of the Clear and West forks of the Trinity River and constitutes the western portion of the Dallas–Fort Worth-Arlington urban area, known locally as the Metroplex.


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.

The city covers a total area of 904 square kilometers (349 square miles).

Fort Worth lies at a mean elevation of 216 meters (653 feet) above sea level.

The city of Fort Worth was established in 1849 as an army outpost on a bluff overlooking the Trinity River.

Fort Worth has historically been a center of the longhorn cattle trade.

fort worth old map

The city is known as “Cowtown.” Located along the Trinity River where millions of cattle were herded on the Chisholm Trail, Fort Worth calls itself the “place where the West begins.”

Oil finds caused the development of the petroleum-refining industry in the 1920s, and during World War II aircraft manufacturing began there.

Alongside its modern industries and contemporary skyscrapers, Fort Worth retains much of the flavour of its Old West heritage.


There are several world-class museums in Fort Worth 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.

kimbell art museum

The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth (widely referred to as The Modern) is a museum of post-World War II art in Fort Worth, TX. The museum dates back to 1892 and its current building in the city’s Cultural District opened in 2002. It can show up to 150 works of art and its permanent collection includes more than 3,000 works.

modern art museum of fort worth

The Fort Worth Water Gardens, built in 1974, is located on the south end of downtown Fort Worth between Houston and Commerce Streets next to the Fort Worth Convention Center. The 1.7 hectare (4.3 acre) Water Gardens were designed by noted New York architects Philip Johnson and John Burgee and were dedicated to the City of Fort Worth by the Amon G. Carter Foundation.

fort worth water gardens

The Fort Worth Stockyards is a historic district that is located in Fort Worth, north of the central business district. A 40 hectare (98-acre) portion encompassing much of the district was listed on the National Register of Historic Places as Fort Worth Stockyards Historic District in 1976. It holds a former livestock market which operated under various owners from 1866.

fort worth stockyards

One of Fort Worth’s most popular destinations for visitors and locals alike is Sundance Square, a privately owned, 35-block section of the historic downtown core that is full of things to do. Consisting of a mix of residential, commercial, retail, and entertainment buildings and named after the infamous outlaw, the Sundance Kid, the area is safe and fun to explore on foot thanks to its many pedestrian zones.

sundance square

The Fort Worth Zoo was founded in 1909 with one lion, two bear cubs, an alligator, a coyote, a peacock and a few rabbits. The zoo now is home to 7,000 native and exotic animals and has been named as a top zoo in the nation by Family Life magazine, the Los Angeles Times and USA Today, as well as one of the top zoos in the South by Southern Living Reader’s Choice Awards.

fort worth zoo

The Fort Worth Botanic Garden (44 hectare / 109 acres) is a botanical garden located at 3220 Botanic Garden Boulevard, Fort Worth. The garden was established in 1934 and is the oldest botanic garden in Texas, with 2,501 species of native and exotic plants in its 21 specialty gardens. It is open daily. An admission fee is charged for the Conservatory and Japanese Garden; the other gardens are free.

fort worth botanic garden

Fort Worth has a total of 263 parks with 179 of those being neighborhood parks.

Fort Worth is home to the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, first held in 1962. The competition is named in honour of Van Cliburn, who won the first International Tchaikovsky Competition, in 1958.

Fort Worth is part of the Bible Belt and as such Christianity is the largest religious group. While Dallas and Dallas County have more Catholic than Protestant residents, Fort Worth and Tarrant County are home to more Protestants than Catholics.

While much of Fort Worth’s sports attention is focused on Dallas’s professional sports teams, the city has its own athletic identity.