Fort Worth is a true southwestern gem, and is probably one of the nicest cities in Texas.

Never having been a real fort, Camp Worth kind of lost its purpose after the frontier moved further west, but rebounded during the Civil
War (due to the frontier shrinking back east for a few years). Fort Worth was still very small, though, and it wasn't until Joseph McCoy
promoted the cattle drives that the city began to boom, with a red light district called
Hell's Half Acre and, later, a market for the livestock
trade, the world famous Stockyards.

Fort Worth is really proud of its past, and it shows. The
Cultural District, up old and cobbled Camp Bowie Boulevard, leads to fine art - the
world renowned
Kimball - modern sculpture, stock shows, and cattle trade halls of fame (Cowgirl, Cattle Raiser's, and African American
Cowboy museums). The
Stockyards are FUN to explore, especially when you get away from all the tourist areas. Downtown is a fairly safe
place to stroll. And the city is chock full of commercial architectural gems.

I fell in love with Fort Worth years ago, and I find myself drawn to this great city. Maybe the photos show that!
Cool neon at the Stockyards.
A stockyard mural depicting the Chisholm Trail and Justin Boots. H.J. Justin actually opened his first cobbler shop on the Chisholm Trail - in
Spanish Fort, about 100 miles north of Fort Worth. Spanish Fort is now a ghost town.
The Swift Meat Processing Company emblem. Fort Worth had two major meat processing plants (the other one was Armor) at the Stockyards.
The Swift plant is a complete ruin.
The mission style Montgomery Ward building, which held offices, warehouses, and a department store on the ground floor. The building has
been renovated into chic apartments and trendy shops, anchoring a new neighborhood near the cultural district.
The Texas &  Pacific station is a real art-deco delight. Today, the building has been converted into apartments and lofts. You can catch  the
Lone Star Express (running between Dallas and Fort Worth) from the old platforms. Click
here to see the building before its renovation.
Steppin' Out in Fort Worth
The Grapevine Vintage Railroad brings tourists to the Stockyards from the former Cotton Belt Station in Grapevine. Learn more about Red
River Rail Attractions!
Fort Worth's Weatherford Street at the beginning of the 20th century. The cattle drives skirted the streets of Fort Worth. To learn more about the
cattle drives, check out my book,
Traveling History up the Cattle Trails.
A wonderful old motel sign along Fort Worth's east/west main street,  
Camp Bowie Boulevard, also known as the
Bankhead Highway. Camp
Bowie boulevard is also US 377/ US 80.
Beauty inside the restored Texas & Pacific Station, converted now into fancy lofts.
A view of downtown from the Trinity River Trail. This is the approximate site of Camp Worth.
What did you say? You think I like neon signs? Whatever gave you that idea?!
Questions or comments? E-mail me: robin@redriverhistorian.com
In 1914, North Main Street, with its streetcar tracks and brick-lined streets, connected the stockyards across the Trinity River to the
courthouse. (Fort Worth Public Library)
The notorious H.H. Holmes, considered the first serial killer in modern U.S. history, got his start in Fort Worth in the 1880s. He began killing
family members and acquaintances to collect insurance. Then, he moved to Chicago to lure unsuspecting, single women into his "hotel of
horrors" near the fairgrounds in the 1890s. He was executed by hanging in 1896. (Fort Worth Telegram)
This amazing building in downtown Fort Worth has, sadly, gone up in flame. But that was to be expected, considering it was fashioned out of
wheat, cotton, corn, sorghum, and milo. In 1889, the farmers, merchants, and civic leaders wanted to showcase Fort Worth's economy by
showcasing a "Spring Palace" made out of the area's agricultural products. The building was a sight to behold before it burned, aromatically,
within a year's time. (Fort Worth Public Library).
Fort Worth's two major north/south highways were the Denton and
Jacksboro Highways. Here's an old sign from the
Jacksboro
Highway, aka Moonshine Road.
Revolving doors at the Fort Worth Stockyards.
Print of Camp Worth, the place that put the "Fort" in "Worth." (Tarrant County College, NE Reading Room)
The original Texas & Pacific station went up in flame in 1889. Another one was built, but became outmoded. Its Art Deco replacement,
completed in 1931, now anchors the southern end of downtown Fort Worth. (UT Arlington Special Collections)
My favorite Fort Worth bridge. The Missouri Kansas Texas Railroad has really made its mark on the Red River Valley.