August 11 2022
Did you know Fort Worth is the fifth-largest city in Texas?
Nah, just kidding. If you know us, you know we’re here for the deep cuts — and there are plenty of interesting factoids to go around. As connoisseurs of the quirky + unconventional, we put together this list of 15 interesting facts about FTW. Maybe you’ve lived here your whole life and know some of these — or maybe you’ll learn something new.
Either way, test your local knowledge and let us know how you do.
DYK: The pink granite on the courthouse is from central Texas. | Photo via @dkwann_
1. The City of Fort Worth began as Camp Worth on the bank of the Trinity River in 1849. Camp Worth was named for Mexican-American War hero Gen. William Jenkins Worth. In fact, we just celebrated the Fort’s birthday on June 6.
2. One of Bonnie and Clyde's hideouts from the law was the historic Stockyards Hotel in Fort Worth.
3. Texas pink granite was used to build the Tarrant County Courthouse in 1895. It was modeled after the Texas State Capitol with the exception of the clock tower.
4. USS Fort Worth (LCS-3) is the first ship of the United States Navy named after the city.
5. There are three museums that celebrate the city’s cattle industry heritage – The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame, and the Cattle Raisers Museum.
6. The biggest private Civil War collection is in the Texas Civil War Museum in Fort Worth.
7. On Sept. 21, 1908, the Palace Theater Light Bulb began burning as a backstage light at the Old Byers Opera House. It continues to burn today.
8. Fort Worth contains over 1,000 natural gas wells.
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- 4th Annual Wagyu Round-Up | Fri., June 17 | 6-10 p.m. | River Ranch Stockyards, 500 N.E. 23rd St. | $21+ | Get a taste of Texas’ Premium Wagyu Producer at the Premier Steak Cookoff. 🥩
Morningbuzz | Fri., June 17 | 7 p.m. | Tulips FTW, 112 St. Louis Ave. | $25 | Kick off the weekend at the New Skies Mixtape Release Party.
It’s All Art | Sat., June 18 | 1-5 p.m. | Bevy 8 Markets, 2800 Race St. | Free | The Father’s Day pop-up event will present a variety of local merchants + artists. 🎨
Bill Pickett Rodeo | Sat., June 18 | 1:30 p.m. | Cowtown Coliseum | $18 | The iconic invitational rodeo showcases Black Western Heritage and the significance of Black cowboys + cowgirls.
I am Juneteenth Festival | Sat., June 18 | 2-10 p.m. | Panther Island Pavilion | Free | Enjoy live music + food from international and local artists as the festival honors the history of Juneteenth. ✨
Louapalooza The Last Dance | Sat., June 18 | 7 p.m. | Tulips FTW, 112 St. Louis Ave. | $19+ | Don’t miss out on the annual event hosted by local musician Lou Charle$, featuring special guests Tears, Jack Freeman, Ky Woods + Brennan Cole. 🎉
The Music of the Eagles | Sat., June 18 | 8:15 p.m. | Fort Worth Botanic Garden | $25+ | Reminisce with a rock ensemble Radio Highway + vocal harmonies like you’ve never heard before. 🎵
Vegan Paint + Brunch | Sun., June 19 | 12-3 p.m. | ReBirth of Food, 404 Oakland Blvd. | $10+ | Explore your artistic side + fuel up on a bangin’ brunch menu with a complimentary mimosa. 🎨
Dad’s Steak Night | Sun., June 19 | 4 p.m. | Sur La Table, 1151 E. Southlake Blvd., Ste. 340, Southlake | $79 | If dad’s favorite meal is steak and potatoes, then there’s no better way to celebrate them. 🥩
Sarah Jaffe | Sun., June 19 | 8:15 p.m. | Fort Worth Botanic Garden | $25+ | The versatile singer/songwriter combines synth-pop, indie rock + chamber fold to create the perfect sound. 🎶
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GOAL — The FIFA World Cup announced Dallas as a host city for the 2026 World Cup. The games will be played at Arlington's AT&T Stadium, which will hold about 92,000 fans. The Dallas Sports Commission estimates that the games will create 3,000 jobs with a $400 million impact. ⚽ (WFAA)
When Reata announced that it will leave Sundance Square in 2024 when its lease ends, the community was asked to make location suggestions — and y’all delivered. So far, there have been 570 responses, with 170 of those being in Mansfield. Check out the other recommended locations, including the sites in Fort Worth. 🍽️ (Fort Worth Inc.)
The public library system is offering free job-skills training as part of a new computer skills and digital literacy initiative. Classes will be offered at all 17 library locations and will focus on computer and software skills + the use of technology in everyday life. 💼
After a vote from the City Council, the city will now start offering free menstrual products at libraries, community centers + the municipal court. The vote was inspired by two Fort Worth ISD students who successfully advocated for the same products to be provided in our public schools. (Community Impact)
Head out to Sundance Square this Sat., June 18 as finalists in the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition are live-streamed on the plaza during their last performance. Stick around for the announcement of the 2022 Cliburn medalists + a three-hour performance by Adonis Rose and the Fort Worth Jazz Orchestra. 🎹
Isn’t this just peachy — Wandering Roots Market is returning to Martin House Brewing Co. (220 S. Sylvania Ave.) for their annual Peach Festival on Sat., June 18 from 12-5 p.m. With 40+ local vendors, food trucks + non-alcoholic drinks, it will be fun for the whole family. 🍑
The circus like you’ve never seen before — international entertainment group Cirque du Soleil is bringing a bug-themed performance to Dickies Arena from Thurs., Sept. 22-Sun., Sept. 25. The acrobatic show “OVO” will present amazing ants, crazy crickets + silky spiders. Get your tickets now. 🪲
A Fort Worth teenager created a barrel racing contest to raise money for Uvalde. Her fundraiser will be at the North Texas High School Rodeo Association Arena (6229 Windy Ryon Way) in Saginaw on Sun., June 26 starting at 10 a.m. (WFAA)
Martin House Brewing is known for its wild beer combinations + next Sat., June 25 you can try the new BBQ Sauce Beer. The brewery teamed up with T&D Barbecue to brew up to 300 gallons of “Murph Juice.” You can also check out other releases like Awesome Sauce and Strawberry Lemonade. 🍻
46% of millennials feel strongly about the effects of external factors such as rising interest rates and inflation, according to Opendoor’s financial considerations survey in their 2022 Trends Report. 🏡*
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“A dream fulfilled” — that’s how Opal Lee described the National Juneteenth Museum coming to Fort Worth. The museum released new designs this week and said the building will capture the spirit of Juneteenth + celebrate the cultural heritage of the Historic Southside.
The museum is expected to break ground next year and open in 2025. Until then, explore the museum’s new website and learn about the architecture designed by Bjarke Ingels Group and KAI Enterprises.
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Editor's pick: A couple of weeks ago my uncle ran into four-time NBA champion Shaquille O’Neal at a restaurant in Plano — and it looks like there might be a few more run-ins around town. ICYMI: Shaq is now a proud homeowner in DFW. According to the Dallas Morning News, the basketball legend just bought a home in Collin County (~1-hour drive NE of Fort Worth).
Missed yesterday's newsletter? We've rounded up 12 local events to commemorate Juneteenth.
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