BCERC | Fort Worth, Texas: "Where the West Begins"

Fort Worth cartoonFort Worth began in 1849...the city and TCU grew up together...when an Army camp was established on a bluff overlooking the Trinity River.

After the Civil War, Texas ranchers and cowboys rounded up thousands of wild longhorns and drove them to Kansas. In the 1870s, railroads came to the city, and then the Stockyards were built, turning Fort Worth into the end of the cattle drive trail.

Fort Worth continues to wear its cowboys heritage and exudes a prop-your-feet-up-and-stay-awhile spirit. Smiles and nods are the norm. Optimism, like a friendly handshake, is undeniable.

Yet, as much as Fort Worth began on the open range, it thrives more today as a cosmopolitan city. Downtown itself is only three miles from campus. Where else can you take your pick of more than 25 upscale eateries, see a movie, attend a play, listen to a symphony or dance under the stars...all within walking distance of each other?

Fort Worth is home to one of the finest museums in the Southwest, the Kimbell Art Museum. In fact, its cultural district includes the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Casa Manana, the Amon Carter Museum and the Fort Worth Museum of Science and Natural History. Downtown finds the Fort Worth-Dallas Ballet, the Fort Worth Opera, the Fort Worth Symphony and the world-class Bass Performance Hall, called one of the top 10 opera houses in the world by Travel and Leisure magazine.

And while the TCU Horned Frogs themselves are considered the "home team" of Fort Worth, other nearby sports teams include the Texas Rangers, Dallas Cowboys, Dallas Stars and Dallas Mavericks, and north of Fort Worth, the rip-roaring Texas Motor Speedway. Those looking for other entertainment won't be disappointed, either. The Fort Worth Zoo is one minute from campus, and the world-famous Stockyards just a bit farther. Six Flags Over Texas is only a short drive away, as is Hurricane Harbor.

Fort Worth is also home to some of America's greatest corporations, including RadioShack, Bell Helicopter-Textron, American Airlines, Pier 1 Imports and Lockheed Martin. Other companies that look to TCU for employees are Bank One, Accenture, Intel, Frito-Lay and Electronic Data Systems, just to name a few.

For more information about the city of Fort Worth and what to do while you’re here, visit the Fort Worth Visitors and Convention Bureau: http://www.fortworth.com/