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Fort Worth is in the Prairies and Lakes region of Texas. With a city population of approximately 661,000 it is Texas' 5th largest. It is part of the Dallas/Fort Worth-Arlington metroplex which has a population exceeding 5.7 million. Sometimes referred to as Cowtown, it is by far closer to its cowboy roots than neighboring Dallas.
Fort Worth grew from a military camp established at the 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. Fort Worth to Yuma, AZ, stage line established 1850. Became seat of Tarrant County 1860. After the Civil War, became major shipping and supply depot for cattlemen.
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.
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 (see United_States#By_train).
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.
Car Rental Companies include:
Alamo Rent A Car, Toll free: 1-800-462-5266, .
Avis Rent A Car, Toll free: 1-800-331-1212, .
Budget Rent A Car, Toll free: 1-800-527-0700, .
Dollar Rent A Car, Toll free: 1-800-800-3665, .
E-Z Rent-A-Car, Toll free: 1-800-277-5171, .
Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Toll free: 1-800-261-7331, .
Hertz Car Rental, Toll free: 1-800-654-3131, ].
Thrifty, Toll free: 1-800-847-4389, .
Greyhound serves as the national/regional bus carrier for this area. Also, subsidiaries of Greyhound, such as TNM&O serve as the regional carrier.
Buses and Train service link many areas of town. Trinity Rail Express has commuter train service between downtown Fort Worth, DFW Airport and downtwon Dallas. Service is Monday through Saturday. No scheduled services on Sundays and most major holidays.
Tarrant County Courthouse, Fort Worth
The National Cowboys of Color Museum at 3400 Mount Vernon Ave. (817)534-8801.
C.R. Smith Aviation Museum 4601 Hwy. 360 (817)967-1560
Stockyards Museum 131 E. Exchange Ave (817) 625-5082
Kimball Art Museum 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd. (817)332-8451
Fort Worth Cats Baseball. For a unique baseball experience, catch a Cats game at LaGrave Field, located just west of downtown. Ticket prices and parking are substantially less expensive than those at a Texas Rangers game, and LaGrave Field is a quaint throwback to the small ballparks of the early to mid 20th century.
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.
Fort Worth Stockyards, 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, 817/226-2287, . 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.
Vast green parks and surrounding network of major lakes offer abundant opportunities for water sports and outdoor recreation. Burnett Park