Hello dear reader, I would never want to lie to you but let’s have fun with this little game, shall we?
The rules are simple, there will be three statements, but only two of them are true. Your job is to identify the one lie. Think you know Fort Worth? Let’s give it a go.
People donated coins to buy zoo animals.
Founded in 1909, the Fort Worth Zoo is the oldest continuous zoo site in Texas. It first started with one lion, two bear cubs, an alligator, a coyote, a peacock, and a few rabbits. In the early 1920s, the zoo used coin donations to purchase two American bison and a zebra. Nearly 115 years later, the zoo is home to 542 species.
Al Capone once hid out downtown.
On the run from the law, the infamous mobster had a 1920s safehouse in what is now Thompson’s Bookstore. Originally built in the 1890s, the downtown bar served disguised drinks during Prohibition — and saw some of the seediest characters that accompanied that time. Thompson’s recently renovated its basement-level speakeasy with artwork and a Capone cocktail that nods to the building’s history as a gangster hideout.
There’s a special cemetery for bartenders.
Established in 1879, Oakwood Cemetery dedicated a row of plots for bartenders from Hell’s Half Acre. The notorious saloon ne’er-do-wells are buried near the designated plots for members of the bricklayer’s union. The Northside cemetery is also the final resting place of some of Fort Worth’s founding families like the Burnetts, Van Zandts, and Carswells.
Are you a Panther City expert? Cast your vote on which statement is false here + we’ll reveal the answer in an upcoming newsletter.