Founded by 25 women who sought to bring a different sort of culture to the  cattle-focused city, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth was originally known as the Public Library and Art Gallery. Source

In 1909, the Fort Worth Zoo opened as the first zoo in Texas.  Source

Fort Worth is home to the oldest stock show and rodeo in the country -the Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show. Source

Originally built as a cattle barn in the early 1900s, Billy Bob’s Texas promotes itself as “The World’s Largest Honkey Tonk.” Source

Approximately 60 percent of the paper money in the United States is printed at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Fort Worth. Source

Singer-songwriter John Denver graduated from Arlington Heights High School in Fort Worth. Source

In 1963, President John F. Kennedy delivered his last public speech at a Fort Worth Chamber breakfast before leaving for Dallas. Source

The USS Fort Worth is a Freedom-class littoral combat ship of the United States Navy. She is the first ship to be named after Fort Worth, Texas. Source

On July 4, 1935, Joe T. & Jessie Garcia opened Joe T. Garcia’s Mexican Restaurant in part of their home in Fort Worth, Texas. Source

Camp Bowie was built in the Fort Worth area in 1917 at a cost of more than $3,000,000. Source

In 1902, Swift & Company, Armour & Company and McNeill & Libby all established meat packing houses in Fort Worth. Over time, Fort Worth became the packing house center of the southwest. Source

Fort Worth was one of seven army posts established between 1848 and 1849 to protect settlers of West Texan following the Mexican – American  War. Source

Fort Worth was one of the first major cities in Texas to establish a human rights commission, in 1967. Source

Fort Worth was the first music-friendly city in Texas as designated by the Texas Music Office in the Office of the Governor. Source

The Fort Worth bike share program offers more than 40 stations connecting the city’s leading attractions.. Source

The Stockyards Museum houses the 1908 Palace Theater Light Bulb which began burning on September 21, 1908, as a backstage light at the Old Byers Opera House and continues to burn today. Source

The Texas Civil War Museum in Fort Worth houses the largest private Civil War collection west of the Mississippi River. Source

60 percent of America’s paper money is printed at the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing Western Currency Facility in Fort Worth (tours are available). Source

Cultural District contains five world-class museums, designed by renowned architects, in a walkable, landscaped setting. (

Fort Worth has the No. 1-rated zoo in the country according USA Today.

Fort Worth’s Texas Motor Speedway is one of the largest racing facilities in the nation, with seating for nearly 155,000 spectators. (

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