Fort Worth, Texas


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Fort Worth, Texas

Fort Worth
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Fort Worth was founded as a military outpost in 1849. It was named after General William Jenkins Worth. It grew rapidly as a stop on the Chisholm Trail, a long, dusty trail from Texas to Kansas for ranchers to drive cattle to market on. Fort Worth would quickly become the most important stop on the trail as well the center of the entire ranching industry, earning it the nickname "Cowtown." In the late 1800s, Fort Worth, which next gained the nickname "Paris of the Plains," became a lawless western town full of cowboys, gunners, buffalo hunters, gamblers, dance halls, and criminal activity. The town was finally cleaned up in 1919.

Today, Fort Worth has become much more than a ranching outpost. It is part of the Dallas-Fort Worth "metroplex" with a population approaching seven million people. Fort Worth is the nation’s 16th largest city and the fifth largest city in Texas. It serves as the national headquarters for Radio Shack, Pier1 Imports, and American Airlines and is the home of the National Cowgirl Hall-of-Fame.


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