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History of Fort Worth

19th Century


William J. Worth
William J. Worth

June 6, Camp Worth was established to protect Texas settlers from Native American attacks and named in honor of Mexican–American War hero William J. Worth. Because of it’s location, the city is often been called where the west begins.

The United States War Department officially named the post Fort Worth on November 14.


Overland Mail stage From Frank Leslie’s Illustrated News

Stagecoach service Butterfield Overland Mail and the Southern Pacific Stage Line used the town as a western terminus on the California route.


After the Civil War Fort Worth’s population decreased to 175.


Texas and Pacific Railway

The Texas and Pacific Railway arrives in Fort Worth.

20th Century


First of Fort Worth

Fort Worth is the 5th largest city in Texas with a population of 26,668.


Swift and Armour meatpacking plants open.


First Baptist Church was burnt down. The church was led by Baptist preacher J. Frank Norris who was against racetrack gambling.


The Airport That Disappeared

Amon Carter Field Airport begins serving Fort Worth until 1974.


Hotel texas
Former Hotel texas

November of 1963, President John F. Kennedy spent the last night of his life at the former Hotel Texas.

21st Century


March 8 a tornado struck downtown Fort Worth killing 2 people and damaging skyscrapers.

Fort Worth’s Famous People

Bob Schieffer

Bob Schieffer
Bob Schieffer

Bob Schieffer grew up in Fort Worth and is an alumnus of North Side High School and Texas Christian University (TCU) In 1963 Bob gave Lee Harvey Oswald’s mother a ride to the Dallas police station after the assassination of JFK.

Bill Paxton

Bill Paxton
Bill Paxton by Gage Skidmore

The late Bill Paxton was born in Fort Worth Texas in 1955. Paxton was an alumnus of Arlington Heights High School. He appeared in many big movies like Titanic, The Terminator, Tombstone and True Lies.

Kelly Clarkson

Kelly Clarkson

Singer-songwriter Kelly Clarkson was born in Fort Worth in 1982. Clarkson graduated from  Burleson High School in 2000. In 2002 she won American Idol singing competition.

Tom Schieffer

Tom Schieffer
Tom Schieffer

Former U.S. Ambassador to Australia Tom Schieffer was born in Fort Worth in 1947. Tom is an alumnus of Arlington Heights High School.

Ornette Coleman

Ornette Coleman. Image by Frank Schindelbeck

Born in Fort Worth Texas in 1930, Ornette Coleman was an alumnus of I.M. Terrell High School. Coleman’s album Sound Grammar won a Pulitzer Prize for music in 2007.

Kirk Franklin

Gospel Singer- Songwriter Kirk Franklin was born in Fort Worth in 1970. Franklin studied music at O. D. Wyatt High School.