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. SourceFort 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. (www.fortworth.com)


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. (www.fortworth.com)

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