Ft. Worth, Texas
Once, Fort Worth was just a small Army post by the Trinity River. Now the city is a behemoth of culture and economy. In 1843 a meeting between the Generals of the then Bird Fort and the Native American Indian Chiefs of the area declared that the tribes were to stay west of the line passing through where Ft. Worth now stands. The line was marked "Where the West Begins." Since that time it has been Fort Worth´s signature.
Ft. Worth´s historic Stockyards still stand, marking forever the city´s part of the Chisholm Trail. The trail was a trip made by herders driving Longhorn cattle from Texas to Kansas. The small trading post that sprung up made the site an ideal stopping point for the Texas and Pacific Railway. The city boomed but shortly became deserted when the railroad´s backers went out of business. A young lawyer, commenting on some marks in the street, wrote a letter to the Fort Worth Democrat indicating that a panther had slept there and the city was so deserted no one had noticed. It wasn´t true, of course, but the remaining citizens of Fort Worth took up the nickname, and so you will still hear Ft. Worth referred to as Panther City.
The railroads did eventually make it to Fort Worth, and the city began to grow steadily. Businesses came to the city, followed by a Texas Women´s College, now Texas Wesleyan College. With the discovery of oil in cities on either side, Ft. Worth became an important middle man of the oil business. Refineries dotted the city, brining up with them many office buildings and brand new homes. Fort Worth was truly on its way to becoming a metropolis, and one of the most important cities in all of Texas.
Ft. Worth Culture and Entertainment
Fort Worth offers a number of entertaining, educating or just plain relaxing landmarks. With shopping, museums and theaters, the 16 block Sundance Square, named for the infamous Sundance Kid, provides the residents of Ft. Worth with both culture and entertainment. Another center that mixes history and a great dining/shopping experience is the Fort Worth Stockyards Historic District. The Stockyards offer daily cattle drives, historical reenactments and is the home of The Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame.
As far as parks go, you can´t get much better than the Fort Worth Water Gardens. Designed to be a calming, cooling retreat from busy city life, the Water Gardens offer three unique pools where you can walk among the gentle cascades or just gaze at a tranquil pool. Other Fort Worth landmarks include the Fort Worth Zoo, considered one fo the top 10 best zoos by Family Fun Magazine, and the Log Cabin Village, a village of Texas log cabins from as far back as the 1850´s.
Ft. Worth Parks
There are 231 parks in Fort Worth. With everything from cozy neighborhood parks to the sprawling city parks, take time to enjoy the great outdoors in Fort Worth. Whatever your interest, you can find athletic fields and courts, picnic areas, playgrounds, nature trails and gardens. Here are some parks you might want to visit in Fort Worth.
Acadia Trail and Acadia Trail Park North and South cover a little over two and a half miles of biking and walking trails. Enjoy a leisurely stroll through some of Fort Worth´s natural beauty. You can also find a volleyball court, a playground and a tennis court here for your enjoyment. There are even fishing holes for the avid fisherperson. The park can be accessed on Arcadia trail, Arcadia Park Dr or Basswood Blvd. .
Located on Samuels Ave, Arnold Park is a small neighborhood bark that had many amenities. Enjoy the room to run around, the playground and a tennis court. There are also grills for a picnic in the park.
Bonnie Brae park on Wesley Street is another park that is popular with walkers and joggers. Take in this well-kept, tree lined trail while you enjoy the ambiance of Fort Worth.
Located on the west end of Lake Worth on Watercress Dr, Camp Joy and Wildwood is a great spot to check out the local birds of Texas. Walk the trails or enjoy an afternoon of fishing or a picnic by the lake.
A great park for sports enthusiasts, Eastover Park on Ramey Ave has tennis and volleyball courts, among other sports fields. Enjoy a game of ball in the comfortable, Fort Worth springs.
In the Highland Hills neighborhood, in the south district, is home to Highland Hills Park. Located on Glasgow Rd, Highland Hills park has everything you need for a weekend at the park. There are picnic tables and grills for hot dogs and the like. There are sports fields for the active members of the family, and plenty of shade to just enjoy the day in Fort Worth.
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