Fort Worth -


Thistle Hill Museum, Fort Worth

Get in

By plane
All the major American carriers, and many international ones as well, provide scheduled passenger service into the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, located exactly 17 miles from downtown Fort Worth. This airport is one of three major hubs for American Airlines. American Airlines is also headquartered in Fort Worth.

By train
Amtrak 's Texas Eagle provides daily service between Chicago, Illinois and San Antonio, Texas with stops in Fort Worth and Dallas. Also, Amtrak's Heartland Flyer provides daily service between Fort Worth and Oklahoma City, and points in between. Woefully underfunded, passenger train service in the United States is a slow but scenic way to travel, if you aren't too concerned about arriving on time.

By car
Fort Worth may be easily reached via I-20 or I-30 from the east or west, or by I-35W from the north or south. I-35 splits into two branches north of the Dallas/Fort Worth metropolitan area, the west branch going to Fort Worth and the east branch (I-35E) to Dallas. The branches rejoin to the south.

By bus
Greyhound serves as the national/regional bus carrier for this area. Also, subsidiaries of Greyhound, such as TNM&O serve as the regional carrier.

By boat
Enter the mouth of the Trinity River off of Galveston Bay, Gulf of Mexico, just east of Houston. Be sure that your boat has a flat bottom, as there are many treacherous stretches further upstream. The trip should take several hours, if not days. Providing that you make it intact, feel free to develop the river trade in Fort Worth or Dallas, as it is ripe for the taking.

Fort Worth, Texas, grew from military camp established at close of Mexican War by Gen. Winfield Scott, and named for Gen. William Jenkins Worth who saw action in that war. Forty-two men of Company F, 2nd Dragoons, established the camp on June 6, 1849. The Fort Worth to Yuma, AZ, stage line was established in 1850, and the city became the seat of Tarrant County in 1860. After the Civil War, it became a major shipping and supply depot for cattlemen.

Attractions

The National Cowboys of Color Museum at 3400 Mount Vernon Ave. 817/534-8801.

Activities

  Sundance Square is 20 blocks of shops, bars & restaurants, brick-paved sidewalks and historic buildings. Well lit and popular with tourists and locals, Sundance Square is frequently the center for outdoor events such as concerts and art festivals.
  Bass Performance Hall is a state-of-the-art venue presenting concerts, musicals, and theatrical performances throughout the year.
  Just north of the downtown area is the historic Fort Worth Stockyards, where you'll find Texas style nightlife at bars like Billy Bob's and even a rodeo .
  For baseball fans, catch a Fort Worth Cats game at New LaGrave Field. Opened in the summer of 2002, the $2.5 million ballpark seats 4,500 patrons and features a pavilion, boxed seating and excellent food. Admission. For schedule information and ticket prices, phone. 817/226-2287
  Vast green parks and surrounding network of major lakes offer abundant opportunities for water sports and outdoor recreation. Burnett Park at Lamar and Texas sts., on land donated by cattle baron Samuel Burk Burnett, features sculptures, pools, and granite walkways.
  Main St. Fort Worth Arts Festival, ranked 8th in the country by the Art Fair Source Book and the Harris List, and number one in Texas, celebrates its 21st year on April 20 - 23, 2006. MAIN ST., presented by Coors Light and produced by Downtown Fort Worth, Inc., hosts tens of thousands of people annually during the four-day visual arts, entertainment and cultural event. MAIN ST. showcases a nationally recognized fine art and fine craft juried art fair, live concerts, performance artists and street performers on the streets of downtown Fort Worth-stretching nine blocks on Main Street from the Tarrant County Courthouse to the Fort Worth Convention Center. (Free)
   Sundance Square Parade of Lights presented by Chase Join us on Friday, November 25, 2005 at 6:00 PM along our one-mile parade route to watch colorful illuminated floats, beautiful antique cars, marching bands, equestrian units, horse-drawn carriages and a cast of delightful characters dressed in their holiday best. The unforgettable parade and an annual visit from Santa Claus and his elves will make the Sundance Square Parade of Lights presented by Chase a fun-filled holiday experience for the entire family! (Free)

Dining

Budget
  Kincaid's: the best burgers in Texas.
  Angelo's: tie for the best BBQ in the southwest.
  Railhead: tie for the best BBQ in the southwest.

Drink

Two places you must go to: 8.0 and Flying Saucer
  The 8.0 is a great place with indoor/outdoor activities. Live music outside and live DJ inside. The place also serves food but it is typically for the ambiance that people go there. Owner Shannon Wynne has a knack for creating exciting places to eat. His first success in Fort Worth was the popular 8.0 Club.
  The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium is not only a hit in this area, but is also has locations throughout the country. The gameroom offers a place to play a game of pool, chess or darts. The shiny, faux-rock floor throughout is enhanced by the vast collection of vintage dinnerware adorning every wall. Flying Saucer Draught Emporium relishes the fact that they have the largest selection of beer (225 varieties) around. Menu selections include Creamy Beer Cheese Soup, the Build-Your-Own Sausage and Cheese Plate, spicy sausage quesadillas and traditional bratwurst with German potato salad. Excellent hot and cold sandwiches are also available.

Education

The city is home of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, The College of Saint Thomas More, Tarrant County College, Texas Christian University, University of North Texas Health Science Center, and Texas Wesleyan University.

Work

Today Fort Worth is one of Texas' major cities with a wide range of industries, including the HQ/hubs of corporations such as:
  Lockheed Martin.
  American Airlines.
  Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad.
  RadioShack Corporate Headquarters Riverfront Campus.
  Carter & Burgess.
  Uniden.
  Motorola.
  US Army Corps of Engineers District and South West Division Office.

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