Fort Worth, Texas is a large city that anchors the western side of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex and the larger North Texas region. It is the county seat of Tarrant County and the fifth largest city in Texas. Although Fort Worth is the capital of Tarrant County it also spreads into Parker County, Wise County and Denton County. Fort Worth annexed considerable land over the twentieth century that created a sprawling city weaving among its neighboring suburbs. As a result Fort Worth shares borders with a large number of cities including Blue Mound, Saginaw, Haltom City, Keller, Arlington, Forest Hill, Edgecliff Village, Burleson, Benbrook, Westworth Village, River Oaks, Euless and Hurst.
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Due to its size and industrial history Fort Worth has a diverse business presence that includes companies like Lockheed Martin, American Airlines, JPS Health Network, Harris Methodist Hospitals, Bell Helicopter, Alcon, Pier 1 and D.R. Horton. Fort Worth is also home to a number of secondary education institutions including Texas Christian University, the UNT School of Medicine and the Texas A&M School of Law.
Fort Worth has a deep reverence for its history as Cowtown as reflected in the cultural district in west Fort Worth and the Stockyards in the north. If you are looking for EEOC lawyers in Dallas or Dallas divorce attorney you should contact my office to schedule a consultation.
Fort Worth began as an actual fort in the late 1840s but struggled to develop as a city through the mid-nineteenth century. In 1849 the U.S. Army built a fort north of what is today downtown Fort Worth as part of a line of forts holding the western frontier from Native American insurgency. Due to flooding from the Trinity River the fort was moved on the bluffs that line the northern end of downtown Fort Worth, where the courthouses are built. This fort gave the city its name although it was abandoned by the Army in 1853.
Through the 1850s Fort Worth struggled to find its footing. It battled with local Birdville (now part of Haltom City) for control of the county. Legend has it that in an election destined to settle the question Birdville brought in a barrel of whiskey (or beer) to entice people to come vote but Fort Worth residents siphoned the barrel empty and used it to entice their own voters to bring them to victory.
Fort Worth became a stop on the Chisholm Trail. Through this it became associated with the cattle business, leading to its nickname as Cowtown. The Civil War hit Fort Worth hard economically and the town population dwindled. A Dallas paper reported in the 1870s that downtown was so empty a panther was seen sleeping in the streets. This gave the city its nickname Panther City.
Fort Worth battled through the 1870s to bring in railroads, an important battle finally won. A newspaper editor in the city ambitiously planned a map of multiple railroads converging in the city. This would transform the town into an important economic hub. This was known as the “tarantula map” that went on to become advertising material for the city for decades. The T&P rail finally came to the city and spurred an economic boom that transformed the stockyards from a small cattle stop to a premier cattle market. Later several other rails through the southern U.S. were built into the city and the town indeed became a critical rail hub. Along with the city’s growth came less desirable aspects of economic growth. South downtown became known as Hell’s Half Acre with a high level of drinking, gambling, prostitution and crime. Fort Worth fought to control Hell’s Half Acre into the early twentieth century.
Fort Worth’s economy began to grow beyond cattle in the early twentieth century. This continued until cattle became an insignificant part of the town’s business. Meat packing was an extension of the cattle business in early twentieth century, followed by oil. World War 1 brought the aviation industry. That grew and remains an important part of west Fort Worth and Tarrant County with the construction of Carswell Air Force Base. Today railroad and aviation continue to play an important of the economy and employment.
The city is served by its city government as the county government in each county in which it lies. Students have a number of private school options but primarily attend public schools in the Fort Worth ISD. Parts of Fort Worth fall into other school districts including Azle ISD, Burdville ISD, Burleson ISD, Castleberry ISD, Crowley ISD, Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD, Everman ISD, Hurst–Euless–Bedford ISD, Keller ISD, Kennedale ISD, Lake Worth ISD, Mansfield ISD, Northwest ISD, White Settlement ISD and Arlington ISD although the land within the Arlington school district only includes a water treatment plant with no residential zone.