Fort Worth is worth knowing
Thanks to the famous TV show, most travellers to Texas make a beeline for Dallas with its bright lights, big hair and shiny cars. But when you’ve ‘done Dallas’ (or no longer care who shot JR) wander a mere 30 miles west to Fort Worth – which may just be the Lone State’s best kept secret.
Also known as “Where the West Begins,” the town was founded as the lawless western outpost of the United States. Now, it’s one of the largest cities in the United States and is known as much for its world class cultural amenities, cuisine and museums (Tadao Ando’s Modern Art Museum was Travel + Leisure’s pick for one of the world’s most beautiful art museums) as it is for its daily cattle drive.
Here CD-Traveller let you in on 10 things that are – pardon the pun – worth knowing about this quintessential Texas city…
1. Sixty percent of America’s paper money is printed at the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing’s Western Currency Facility in Fort Worth.
2. The Texas Civil War Museum in Fort Worth houses the largest private Civil War Collection west of the Mississippi River.
3. The Modern Art Museum is the oldest museum in Texas and is the second-largest museum gallery space for modern art in America, next to MoMA New York.
4. Fort Worth’s Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show is the oldest stock show and rodeo in the country.
5. Following the 1900 holdup of the Winnemucca, Nevada bank, in which some $37,000 in gold and a considerable sum in bank notes was taken, famous outlaws Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid posed for the most famous “outlaw photograph” in Western history, in downtown Fort Worth. Fort Worth was a regular hide out of the group.
6. The notorious Bonnie and Clyde hid out from the law in Fort Worth’s Stockyards Hotel in 1933.
7. The Fort Worth Zoo opened as the first zoo in Texas in 1909.
8. In 1963, President John F. Kennedy delivered his last public speech in Fort Worth before leaving for Dallas.
10. The Stockyards Museum is the home to the 1908 Palace Theater Light Bulb which began burning on September 21, 1908 as a backstage light at the Old Byers Opera House. It burns still.
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