Who’s the cow behind Cowtown? Today, we’re introducing you to Molly the cow — aka the City of Fort Worth’s mascot.
The University of Texas vs The City of Fort Worth’s logo. | Graphic by FTWtoday
You may recognize the logo [on the left] as Bevo. Sorry UT fans — there’s no correlation between the two. However, in 2002, the city + the UT System entered into an agreement about the use and appearance of Molly. To prove the logos aren’t the same, take a closer look at the color — UT’s logo is Pantone 159 (burnt orange) and Molly’s is Pantone 725 (copper).
In 1909, a longhorn head sculpture was placed on the Livestock Exchange Building to honor the cattle industry. Legend has it that the sculpture was placed there so it could have a vantage point of all the activity in town. It was later given the name “Molly,” which is said to identify with the first longhorn in a herd.
Molly became the official mascot in 2000. She symbolizes reverence to the past, reflects our city’s Western heritage + promotes a sense of unity and pride.
The history of Cowtown
The nickname “Cowtown” came long before Molly. In 1917, the Fort Worth Stockyards became the largest horse and mule market in the world, welcoming cattle drives and auctions — and plenty of cows and cowboys around town.
Livestock Exchange now houses the North Fort Worth Historical Society Museum | Photo by FTWtoday
Origami | Thurs., May 12 | 5-6 p.m. | Fort Worth Public Library — Summerglen, 4205 Basswood Blvd. | Free | Celebrate Asian American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month by learning all about the origins of the Japanese tradition + creating your own origami paper art.
Marking Time | Thurs., May 12-Sat., June 25 | Times vary | Artspace111, 111 Hampton St. | Free | Check out Robert McAn’s new exhibit, combining painting + digital photography. 📸
Caprock Strolls | Fri., May 13 | 10-11 a.m. | Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge, 9601 Fossil Ridge Rd. | $5+ | Stroll through a leisurely half-mile trail, featuring patches of prairies and native natural treasures. 🌿
Eating Healthy on a Budget | Fri., May 13 | 10:30-11:30 a.m. | Fort Worth Public Library — Southwest Regional, 4001 Library Ln. | Free | Discover how you can eat green while saving green. 💵
Sour Fest | Sat., May 14 | 12-5 p.m. | Martin House Brewing Co., 220 S. Sylvania Ave. | Cost of Purchase | Celebrate the launch of the new sour seltzer line “Awesome Sauce.” 🍻
Woofstock | Sat., May 14 | 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. | MUTTS Canine Cantina, 5317 Clearfork Main St. | Free | Man’s best festival featuring pups, live music + vendors. 🐶
We have amonthly guide filled with events + activities you can plan for in advance. Click the button below to bookmark ideas for upcoming date nights, family outings, and time with friends.
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Efforts to build a new sports stadium are building momentum. The Fort Worth Sports Authority board voted this week to fund a conceptual design + cost estimate for the stadium. Read more about the proposed stadium. 🏟️ (Community Impact)
California-based Ares Industrial Real Estate Trust has purchased the Speedway Trade Center in north Fort Worth. The 318,000 sqft industrial warehouse is near the Texas Motor Speedway at 16200 Three Wide Dr. The firm also has other properties across North Texas. 🏢 (TheDallas Morning News)
The Fort Worth Business Plan Competition has awarded its top three winners. Marketing agency Salted Pages took home the grand prize of $10,000. Production company Ten Four Films came in second and won $5,000 + virtual reality company Unbent rounded out the top three with $3,000 in prize money. 💸
Families of high school students graduating at Dickies Arena will not have to pay for parking. Thanks to local nonprofit Rainwater Charitable Foundation, the $20 parking fee has been covered. Fourteen Fort Worth ISD schools will graduate between Tues.,May 31-Sat., June 4. 🎓 (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
A $7.9 million home with more than an acre of land is up for sale in the heart of the city. The 9,200-sqft home is in Colonial Hills and features five bedrooms, five bathrooms, a pool house + private gym. Look through the photos + book a tour. 🏡 (Paper City Magazine)
Fort Worth Billiards is celebrating its 70th anniversary and you’re invited to the party. Join legendary billiards players Earl Strickland and Jeremy Jones for a night of dinner, drinks, exhibitions + photos on Thurs., June 9. Contact Fort Worth Billiards for tickets — half of the proceeds will benefit A Wish With Wings. 🎱
Do you have some land you want to sell? The Parks and Recreation Department is looking for property between five and 100 acres to develop into a community or neighborhood park. Fill out this questionnaire if you’re interested. 🌳
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Did you hear the scoop?MELT Ice Creams is officially open in Mule Alley (122 E. Exchange Ave.). The local shop features nine classic flavors — like vanilla bean, chocolate chip, and Cup of Texas — and also keeps things fresh with rotating seasonal offerings, like the most recent spring release Lemon Berry.
Check out the creamery’s other locations in Sundance Square (308 Houston St.) + Magnolia Avenue (1201 W. Magnolia Ave.).
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Editor’s pick:Summer is almost here and if you’re anything like me, that means it’s time for a vacation. We’re rounding up the best places to take a day trip from Fort Worth — think wineries in Fredericksburg or hiking the Palo Duro Canyon in Amarillo. Let us know your favorite spots.
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