15 facts you didn’t know about Fort Worth, TX

Tarrant County Courthouse
Test your Fort Worth knowledge with these 15 fun facts. | Photo via @dkwann_

Did you know Fort Worth is the fifth-largest city in Texas? 

Nah, just kidding. If you know us, you know we’re here for the deep cuts — and there are plenty of interesting factoids to go around. As connoisseurs of the quirky + unconventional, we put together this list of 15 interesting facts about FTW. Maybe you’ve lived here your whole life and know some of these — or maybe you’ll learn something new.

Either way, test your local knowledge and let us know how you do.

1. The City of Fort Worth began as Camp Worth on the bank of the Trinity River in 1849. Camp Worth was named for Mexican-American War hero Gen. William Jenkins Worth. In fact, we just celebrated the Fort’s birthday on June 6.

2. One of Bonnie and Clyde’s hideouts from the law was the historic Stockyards Hotel in Fort Worth.

3. USS Fort Worth (LCS-3) is the first ship of the United States Navy named after the city.

4.  Texas pink granite was used to build the Tarrant County Courthouse in 1895. It was modeled after the Texas State Capitol with the exception of the clock tower.

5. The biggest private Civil War collection is in the Texas Civil War Museum in Fort Worth.

6. Fort Worth contains over 1,000 natural gas wells.

7. There are three museums that celebrate the city’s cattle industry heritage – The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame, and the Cattle Raisers Museum.

8. On Sept. 21, 1908, the Palace Theater Light Bulb began burning as a backstage light at the Old Byers Opera House. It continues to burn today.

9. The city’s highest recorded temperature was 115ºF (46ºC) on August 11, 1936, and June 26, 1980.

10. Fort Worth was awarded the 18th best city for Hispanic entrepreneurs by ‘Fortune’ magazine in 2018.

11. The city continues its cattle connection with a free twice-daily cattle drive in the Stockyards. At 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. each day, Texas cowhands drive a herd of Texas longhorn down Exchange Avenue.

12. Hyde Park is the oldest park in Fort Worth, established in 1873.

13. Fort Worth has nine sister cities: Reggio Emilia, Italy; Nagaoka, Japan; Trier, Germany; Bandung, Indonesia; Budapest, Hungary; Toluca, Mexico; Mbabane, Eswatini; Guiyang, China & Nîmes, France.

14. The Kimbell Art Museum features works by El Greco, Cezanne, Rembrandt, Picasso, and Matisse.

15.  About 60% of the paper money in the US is printed at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Fort Worth. Guests can take a free self-guided tour and see billions of dollars printed from an enclosed walkway.

Your turn. Let us know your favorite local trivia tidbit and you just might make it into the newsletter.