About Fort Worth
Fort Worth — often called “The Most Texan City in Texas” — started as a small outpost on the frontier of North Texas. Presently, Fort Worth has a population of 800,000+ people. The city is modern, with a diverse blends of new business and industry while holding on to its heritage of cattle and oil heritage.
The city is named after William Jenkins Worth, an American officer who served in the War of 1812.
A treaty between several Native American tribes and the Republic of Texas and was signed in 1843 at Bird’s Fort in what is now Euless, TX. The treaty provided that no individual may “pass the line of trading houses” (located at the edge of the Native Americans’ territory) without permission from the President of Texas, and may also not settle or live in the Native Americans’ territory. These “trading houses” at the merging of the Clear Fork and West Fort of the Trinity River, where Fort Worth was later built by the US Army. The U.S. War Department created the fort, named Fort Worth in 1849, as the northernmost of a line of forts to protect the frontier at the conclusion of the Mexican-American War.
Fort Worth became famous as a leader in the cattle industry. This industry produced an economic boom and provided the nickname “Cowtown.” The city was a respite for cowboys driving cattle to the Midwest.
Fort Worth is the largest city in Tarrant County and became the county seat in 1860, when it moved from Birdville.
Fort Worth Stats
Median Income: $55,888
Median Age: 32.6 years
See more Fort Worth Demographic Stats at Data USA.
The city still holds the official city tagline in high esteem: Where The West Begins.