Exploring the Culture and History of Fort Worth
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Exploring the Culture and History of Fort Worth

by guest writer Paisley Hansen

May 21, 2019

Fort Worth Bridge
Originally established in 1849 by the United States Army, the city of Fort Worth has long enjoyed a reputation as being the place "where the West Begins." From its deep roots as a cattle town to the numerous museums and cultural attractions that today's visitors and residents are able to enjoy, there is much about the city that often goes overlooked. Whether it's the nationally-ranked zoo or just finding the best way to beat the heat during the long Texas summer, exploring the city and learning a little more about the history of Fort Worth can often be very rewarding.

Roots in the Cattle Industry

Fort Worth was once the last big stopover on the Chisholm Trail. The city would continue to be a major shipping point for cattle with the arrival of the railroad in 1876. Today, tourists and locals alike can visit the Fort Worth Stockyards in order to learn more about the city's rich history as a "cowtown." A popular destination for those visiting the city, the Stockyards continues to host the world's only twice-daily cattle drive.

Museums and Cultural Attractions

Cattle is not the only aspect of Fort Worth history on display and with no less than five museums within the Fort Worth Cultural District alone, there is enough on display to ensure that even the most knowledgeable of the city's residents will be able to find something new. Attractions include one of the biggest private Civil War collection in the State of Texas, multiple art museums and the world's largest domed sports stadium.

The Fort Worth Zoo

The Ft. Worth Zoo is one of the most popular in the country. Founded over one hundred years ago, the zoo features thousands of different species and numerous exhibits making it a popular destination spot for tourists and visitors as well as those who call the city home. The zoo is just one of several premier attractions, such as the Six Flags theme park or the Fort Worth Water Gardens which have provide the unique and distinctive cultural flavor of the city.

Hot Summers and Mild Winters

The Lone Star State is known for its hot summers and the city of Fort Worth is no different. While few summer days approach the highest recorded temperature of 113F (45C), the city's hot summer weather is one of the driving forces behind the demand for custom pools Ft. Worth property owners have long since learned to value. The city averages almost 40 inches of annually and snow is not unheard of, although the winters are often mild by national standards.

Fort Worth Produces Half the Nation's Paper Currency

Fort Worth is home to the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) which mints billions of dollars worth of new currency each year. The BEP is another popular tourist attraction and tours are offered on a daily basis. Visitors to the BEP have the opportunity to purchase souvenir items which include un-cut currency and similar items.

Future Growth

The city of Fort Worth continues to enjoy signification growth and expansion with countless new arrivals to the city each day. According to census data the city was the fasting growing in the United States between 2000 and 2010 and, although growth has begun to slow in recent years, new arrivals to and populations within the city continue to tick upwards. Often overshadowed by the nearby city of Dallas, Fort Worth remains a rapidly growing city with a history and a culture all it's own. Even life-long residents of Fort Worth may be surprised with what they are able to find when exploring the city they call home.

Author Bio: Paisley Hansen is a loving wife and mother of twins. She is a self-described "DIY addict", and loves to decorate her house and office with her creations. As a mother, Paisley is really passionate about health, nutrition, and spending time with her family. When she's not writing, you can find her with a glass of mint lemon water and a child on each hip. Who says moms aren't superheroes?