Originally settled in 1849 as an army outpost at the Trinity River, Fort Worth was one of eight forts assigned to protect settlers from Indian attacks on the advancing frontier. Progress helped the growing settlement survive long after other such towns had blown away with the dust of departing pioneers.
City of Fort Worth Population: 777,992 (2012 estimate)
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Fort Worth is home to five main entertainment districts, all within 3 miles of each other:
Downtown Fort Worth is a glittering urban oasis—one of the most exciting and pedestrian-friendly downtown areas in the nation. The 35-block Sundance Square entertainment and shopping district is where both locals and visitors go for food, fun, live theater, shopping and big events such as the Main Street Arts Festival. Nestled inside the heart of one of the most premier and walkable downtown settings in the United States is the newly developed 55,000-square foot Sundance Square Plaza. The European style plaza features a permanent stage for concerts and movies; stunning water features; four 32-foot tall Teflon umbrellas, the first ever in the United States; restaurants, a high-end cigar bar, shopping and much more.
Stockyards National Historic District is filled with sites from the Old West, great Texas-themed shopping and cuisine, a year-round rodeo, authentic Western saloons, Billy Bob’s Texas—the world’s largest honky-tonk, the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame, and the world’s only twice-daily cattle drive. See beautifully preserved historic structures such as the Livestock Exchange Building and Cowtown Coliseum, the location of the world’s first indoor rodeo. Shoppers can fill their bags with custom steamed cowboy hats, handmade boots, and other Western gear. Stockyards Station offers over 25 shops including art galleries, a wine tasting room, and a record store.
Located a few miles west of downtown is one of the largest arts districts in the nation. The Fort Worth Cultural District features five internationally recognized museums in a beautiful park-like setting. The museums are acclaimed for their architecture, quality collections and programs. This remarkable collection of museums in a single location has made Fort Worth a major destination for art lovers. Museums in the Cultural District include the Kimbell Art Museum; the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth; the Amon Carter Museum of American Art; the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame and the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. The Kimbell Art Museum recently underwent a $135 million expansion designed by famed architect Renzo Piano. The new Renzo Piano Pavilion showcases masterpieces from the Kimbell’s Asian, African/Oceanic and Pre-Columbian collections, as well as special exhibitions.
This trendy new urban development links downtown, the Will Rogers Memorial Center and the Cultural District. Discover a sophisticated blend of pedestrian-friendly urban elements. Indulge in high-concept eateries, splurge in boutique shops and enjoy vibrant nightlife.
Historic architecture, enchanting restaurants, music venues and art galleries line the streets of this off-the-beaten-path neighborhood just south of downtown. Dine on local farm-to-table cuisine, tour a working brewery, or whiskey distillery, shop for distinctive art or catch a show by the region’s best emerging artists.
ACME Brick Company; Alcon Laboratories; American Airlines; Bell Helicopter/Textron; BNSF Railway, Co.; Cash America International; D.R. Horton; GM Financial Corp.; Jacobs; Justin Brands; Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co.; Pier 1 Imports; RadioShack Corporation; Williamson-Dickie Manufacturing; XTO Energy Inc.
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