Here's the big picture. The place in a nutshell. What we're all about in this cosmopolitan Cowtown. It's where we come from and where we're headed. To cattle hands, we'll always be the last big stop on the Chisholm Trail. And to folks in West Texas, we're the nearest place where skyscrapers outnumber oil derricks. To the rest of the world, we're usually a complete surprise. Don't say we didn't warn you. About a hundred years ago, a clever newspaperman called Fort Worth the place "where the West begins." That still fits. We're smack in the middle of the country. And we've got a little sand from both coasts in our craw. So, read all about us. Skip around. Whatever section you turn to, we nearly guarantee you'll find a few surprises -- pleasant suprises, of course. That's how Fort Worth is catching the world's attention.
We wouldn't be telling it to you straight if we didn't brag about our cowboys. Our Chisholm Trail. Our historic Stockyards, where the steaks come bigger than the platters. Or our fancy fiddlin' and soft country ballads at Billy Bob's. That's Fort Worth.
And we'd be remiss in not telling you about the other jewels under our Texas skies -- ballet, opera, theater, lush gardens, jazz, our great zoo, planetarium, world-class art museums and the largest science and history museum in the Southwest. That's Fort Worth.
Our first-class facilities and accomodations make heroes out of meeting planners year after year. Of course, it takes more than a meeting to keep folks coming back. Our fun side makes us the perfect tourism destination for family vacations and group tours alike. To top things off, we're one of the nation's most-convenient-to-get-to locations.
You just have to be ready for anything when you meet here. Remingtons and Rubens. Bonsai and bulls' eyes. Stetsons and symphonies. Western space and outer space. No other city comes close to Fort Worth's brilliant blend of cowboys, culture and just plain different things to do.
We give you the West and the rest in Fort Worth. And the rest includes everything you need to pull off the best convention or meeting your group has ever seen. Welcome!
Fort Worth, sometimes known as "Cowtown," is the seat of Tarrant County, located in North Central Texas. It comprises the western part of the Dallas/Fort Worth Consolidated Metropolitan Statistical Area (CMSA), the area often referred to as the D/FW Metroplex.
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Fort Worth got a rough-and-rowdy reputation early when it was settled in 1849 as a Army outpost on the fork of the Trinity River - one of eight different posts in Texas assigned to protect settlers from Indian attacks. As this thriving town became the last major stop on the legendary Chisholm Trail, it also became home to settlers and soldiers, cattle drovers and outlaws who lived it up in the legendary "Hell's Half Acre." In the latter half of the 1800s, the arrival of the railroad transformed Fort Worth into a major shipping center for livestock. With the construction of meat packing companies, Fort Worth became the second largest livestock market in the country. With the discovery of vast oil fields in West Texas, Fort Worth grew in importance as the last large commercial center before the prairie. It was in Fort Worth that deals were made and drilling supplies were procured. These freewheeling Western roots have given rise to the Fort Worth of today, a city with a deep sense of Western heritage that has been named All-American City twice in the past three decades.
Unlike any other, Fort Worth is a city where the Old West continues to live side by side with high-tech industry, medical centers and international business operations. The secret to Fort Worth's success lies in each resident: contributing to the future while not turning their backs on what created this town -- the spirit of Old West.
Located in the Sunbelt region of the United States, Fort Worth enjoys favorable weather throughout the year. Bright sunshine and wide blue skies make up the average 249-day warm season. Rainfall throughout the year is mainly at night; thunderstorms occur mostly in the spring, and snowfall is rare.
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