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Borders and History of Ft. Worth, TX

Borders of Ft. Worth, TX

Ft. Worth’s borders are too complex to describe here.

Northern-most point: 1/2 mile north of Rt. 114

Southern-most point:  Just east of the split of 35-W and Rt. 174, near Burleson, TX

Western most point: Along Mary’s Creek , 1 mile north of I-30

Eastern-most point: 1/4 mile east of Valley View Lane at TX 183

History of Ft. Worth, TX

In January 1849 United States Army General William Jenkins Worth, hero of the Mexican War, proposed a line of 10 forts to mark the western Texas frontier, from Eagle Pass to the merger of the West Fork and Clear Fork of the Trinity River. Upon the death of Worth, Gen. William S. Harney assumed the command and ordered Maj. Ripley S. Arnold to find a new fort site near the West Fork and Clear Fork.

This site was suggested by Middlton Tate Johnson, who once commanded a detachment of Texas Rangers and founded Johnson Station.  It is just southeast of what is now Fort Worth. On June 6, 1849, Arnold established a camp on the bank of the Trinity River and named the post Camp Worth in honor of General Worth. In August 1849 Arnold moved the camp to the north-facing bluff which overlooked the mouth of the Clear Fork. The United States War Department officially named the post Fort Worth on November 14, 1849.

Although Indians were still a threat in the area, pioneers were already settling near the fort. When relocating the camp, Arnold found George “Press” Farmer living on the bluff and allowed him to open the first sutler’s store. Other early settlers were Ephriam M. Daggett, George W. Terrell, Ed Terrell, and Howard W. Peak. When a new line of forts was built further west, the army evacuated Fort Worth on September 17, 1853. Settlers then took uncontested possession of the site.

John Peter Smith opened a school with twelve students in 1854. Henry Daggett and Archibald Leonard started department stores. Juliam Field ran a general store and flour mill in 1856.  The Butterfield Overland Mail, and the Southern Pacific Stage Line used the town as a western terminus on the way to California.

In 1855 the county seat war erupted. Since 1849 the county seat had been Birdville.  In 1855, Fort Worth citizens decided this honor belonged to their town. After a long bitter fight, Fort Worth became the county seat in April 1860, and construction began on a stone county courthouse. After a delay, due to the Civil War, the courthouse was finished in the 1870s.  It burned in 1876.

During the 1860s, Fort Worth suffered from the effects of the Civil War and Reconstruction.  The population dropped as low as 175, as money, food, and supply shortages burdened the residents. Gradually the town began to revive. By 1872 Jacob Samuels, William Jesse Boaz, and William Henry Davis had opened general stores.

The next year Khleber M. Van Zandt established Tidball, Van Zandt, and Company, which became Fort Worth National Bank in 1884. Barrooms such as Tom Prindle’s Saloon and Steele’s Tavern welcomed many travelers. Weekly newspapers were prominent, including the Fort Worth Chief and the Democrat.

Schools gradually reopened, and in 1869 Addison, Randolph, and Ida Clark, taught 6 pupils in a local church. It was the developing cattle industry that really began the community’s economic boom. Known as Cowtown, Fort Worth offered cowboys a respite from the cattle drives to Abilene, Kansas. Northern cattle buyers established their headquarters in the town, and new businesses included Pendery and Wilson’s Liquor Wholesale, B. C. Evans dry goods, and Martin B. Loyd’s Exchange Office.

In 1873 the city was incorporated with a mayor-council government, and W. P. Burts became the first mayor. During this time the Democrat, owned by K. M. Van Zandt and under the editorial leadership of Buckley B. Paddock, successfully campaigned for a fire department and other civic improvements. Transportation and communication were an important part of Fort Worth and its growth.

In 1874 the first westbound stage arrived, and in 1878 the Yuma Stage Line made Fort Worth the eastern terminus to Yuma, Arizona. The Texas and Pacific Railway designated Fort Worth as the eastern terminus for the route to San Diego, California. After a delay caused by the panic of 1873 the Texas and Pacific was finally completed to Fort Worth on July 19, 1876.

By 1900, Ft. Worth was served by these Railroads: Missouri, Kansas and Texas (the “Katy”), Santa Fe, Fort Worth & New Orleans, Fort Worth & Brownwood, Fort Worth & Rio Grande, Fort Worth & Denver City, Fort Worth, Corsicana & Beaumont, and St. Louis Southwestern (the “Cotton Belt”).  The Fort Worth Street Railway Company ran a mile-long route down Main Street.

Early newspapers were the Fort Worth Standard (1873–78), the Greenback Tribune (1878–89; later the Fort Worth Tribune), the Democrat (1876), the Democrat-Advance (1881), the Gazette (1882–98), and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. (1909-).

One of the most popular gathering places was the Texas Spring Palace, an agricultural exhibition hall built in 1889, and destroyed by fire in 1890. The palace was not only a form of entertainment but also an important part of the town’s strategy for boosting commercial expansion. It was advertised throughout the nation, and special trains brought visitors from as far away as Boston and Chicago.

“Hell’s Half Acre” provided saloons and bawdy houses for cowboys and havens for desperadoes. By 1876 Fort Worth residents were demanding that the lawlessness be controlled, and they elected Timothy I. “Jim” Courtright as Marshal.

By the 1890s the Queen City of the Prairie (as Fort Worth liked to be known) was becoming a dressed-beef center. In North Fort Worth businessmen founded the Texas Dressed Beef and Packing Company, the Union Stockyards Company, and the Fort Worth Stockyards Company.

When Swift & Company, and Armour & Company began to look for Texas sites for branch plants, Fort Worth citizens pledged a bonus of $100,000 for the two companies if they would locate there. Because of this incentive, and because the town was served by railroads, Armour and Swift decided to locate a meat-packing plant in Fort Worth. The venture was successful and, combined with the stockyards, helped Fort Worth become a leading packing-house center. In 1903 the first livestock was slaughtered in the new plants. The rise of the stockyards and packing plants stimulated other livestock-related businesses.

J. B. Buchanan and C. E. Lee issued the Livestock Reporter and the North Fort Worth News. In 1896 the first Fat Stock Show was held, and in 1908 the Northside Coliseum was built to house the Southwestern Exposition and Fat Stock Show (later the Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show). The city decided to begin the construction of new county courthouse in 1893. The leaders of Fort Worth also caught the reform spirit of the Progressive era, and in 1907 the city government was restructured to the commission form. In 1909 a devastating fire motivated the construction of a dam on the West Fork; the resulting Lake Worth provided a reliable water supply. The city limits were expanded to 16.83 square miles in 1909.

During World Ware I, the United States Army established Camp Bowie (in the Arlington Heights area), which trained 100,000 men, and the United States Army Air Force converted 3 airfields into centers of aviation training. With the discovery of oil in Texas, refinery and pipeline companies such as Sinclair Refining Company, Texaco, and Humble Oil & Refining Company (later Exxon) converged on Fort Worth, which also developed into a center for oil stock exchanges.

In 1927, Mecham Field opened, offering commercial and passenger service from locally operated Braniff Airways and American Airlines. Medical care was provided by several hospitals: Fort Worth Children’s, St. Joseph’s, John Peter Smith, and Harris. In 1924 the city government was changed to the council-manager form, and the city limits were expanded to 61.57 square miles. The major additions were Arlington Heights, Riverside, Niles City, and Polytechnic.

During the Great Depression of the 1930s, Fort Worth was able to secure federal money for many construction projects, including the Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum and Auditorium, as well as the renovation and building of public schools. With the outbreak of World War II, the aviation industry came to Fort Worth. Consolidated Vultee Aircraft Corporation, the largest manufacturer in Fort Worth, was later bought by General Dynamics Corporation.

Next to the bomber factory, the Army Air Force located the Tarrant Field Air Drome, which in 1948 became Carswell Air Force Base, a part of the Strategic Air Command and a station for the B-36. Because the Trinity River had flooded severely in 1922 and 1949, Fort Worth residents secured federal money to build the Trinity River Floodway. The project was completed in 1956. Texas Christian University, Texas Wesleyan College, and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary provided higher education.

By the 1950s, the downtown area had deteriorated, and in 1956 the Gruen Plan was introduced. This plan called for a freeway loop around the central business district, the construction of underground tunnels, and the elimination of vehicular traffic within the loop. Although the plan was never accepted, it emphasized the necessity of planning for the city’s future needs.

During the 1960s and 1970s Fort Worth was filled with economic activity: Tarrant County Convention Center, Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW),  Amon Carter Museum, and the Kimbell Art Museum were constructed. Amon Carter, Sr., publisher of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, worked diligently to promote the city’s growth. He was also a successful oil operator and owned much real estate in the area. He worked hard to publicize the city and secured government installations and projects.

During this time the city limits expanded to 272 square miles. Over the past century the city population has boomed. In 1880, population was 6,663, 26,668 in 1900, 277,047 in 1950, 385,164 in 1980, 447,619 in 1990, and 534,694 in 2000.  In 2010, Fort Worth’s population was 745,937.

SOURCE: Handbook of Texas Online, Janet Schmelzer, “Fort Worth, TX,” accessed March 14, 2017, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hdf01.

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