Fort Worth was established as an army outpost in 1849. Being located along the Trinity River and Chisholm Trail, where millions of cattle were herded, led to its development as a cowtown. Transportation and communication also played key roles in Fort Worth’s growth. The discovery of oil in the 20th century led to the establishment of oil stock exchanges in Fort Worth.
Fort Worth is built upon a western heritage and strong local arts. The “City of Cowboys and Culture” is home base for major companies including American Airlines Group, Pier 1 Imports, RadioShack and BNSF Railway. Lockheed Martin Aeronautics and Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth also employ a significant segment of the workforce. Fort Worth has been ranked among the best places for business and careers by Forbes.
JPS Health Network and Harris Methodist Hospital are among the largest healthcare providers serving residents of north Texas. along with Cook Children's Hospital which is ranked nationally in 5 pediatric specialities,
Numerous public and private schools including the Fort Worth Independent School District provide K-12 educational opportunities. Higher education includes Texas Christian University, Texas Wesleyan University, Tarrant County College, University of Texas at Arlington and Art Institute to name a few.
Fort Worth is part of the No. 1 tourist destination in Texas, which attracts 6.5 million visitors each year. The city itself features seven primary entertainment districts home to dining, shopping and culture. Explore the true American West at Stockyards National Historic District, enjoy all 35 blocks of Sundance Square or catch a show at Bass Performance Hall. The Fort Worth Zoo is rated among the best in the country. Texas Motor Speedway is the second-largest sports and entertainment facility in America with a capacity for 200,000 fans and is home to the world’s largest HD videoboard measuring 218 feet wide and 95 feet high.
Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo, Frontier Forts Day, Fort Worth Alliance Air Show, Rockin’ The River and Christmas in the Stockyards are just a few of the many annual events in Fort Worth.
Fort Worth welcomes visitors from around the world to experience the great American West and rich arts and culinary treasures. Fort Worth offers the No. 1 downtown in America and is located minutes from AT&T Stadium, DFW International Airport and Love Field Airport. As one visitor says, "unpretentious, laid-back, and charismatic in all the right ways." For a weekend, a business meeting, sports or family reunion, Fort Worth offers experiences to last a lifetime.
CULTURE: Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Bass Performance Hall, Fort Worth Symphony and Orchestra, Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, Kimball Art Museum, The Modern Art Museum, Civil War Museum, and Lone Star Film Festival.
CULINARY: Local restaurants include: Riscky's Steakhouse, Cattleman's Steak House, Horseshoe Hill, Lonesome Dove Bistro, Woodshed Smokehouse, Reata Restaurant, Joe T Garcia's, and H3 Ranch.
COWBOYS: Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo, Stockyard National Historic District, The Texas Rodeo Hall of Fame, National Cowgirl Hall and Museum, Cowboys of Color Rodeo, Fort Worth Stockyards, Stockyards Station, Billy Bob's of Texas, Will Rogers Coliseum, and Cowtown Coliseum.
ENTERTAINMENT AND EVENTS: Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth Zoo, Log Cabin Village, Botantical Gardens, Cowtown Coliseum Stockyards Championship Rodeo, Wild West Show, Sundance Square, MayFest, Cowtown Marathon.
CLIMATE: Fort Worth has a moderate climate. Spring and fall are mild, summers are hot and winters are cool with occasional periods of both warm and cold weather. Thunderstorms occur somewhere in the region an average of 45 days per year. Fort Worth averages 29 inches of rain and 3 inches of snowfall annually. Fort Worth is not at risk for hurricanes, volcanoes, earthquakes, blizzards or catastrophic fires and floods. Although tornados are not frequent, we are on the southernmost tip of what is known as “Tornado Alley”.