Fort Worth Texas

Fort Worth Texas


Fort Worth was once a rough dusty border town without laws.  Back in the day it was the home of the brave and the bullies, the soldier, the outlaw and lots and lots of flying lead.  Today, Fort Worth is one of the largest cities in Texas and the 17th biggest city in the United States. It is recognized for its commitment to the revitalization of its downtown and urban renewal.  Cowtown is rich in its heritage, pride and loyalty to the Texas way of life.Fort Worth Texas

Fort Worth is True to Texas.

National Historic Stockyards District

A visit to Fort Worth wouldn’t be complete without checking out the famous National Historic Stockyards District. It remains pristine and true to its 100+ year old roots.  In fact, 15 city blocks are listed in the National Registry of Historic Places. A stroll through the Stockyards District means you’re strolling with the ghosts of legends.  Historic figures like Bat Masterson, Butch Cassidy, the Sundance Kid, Doc Holliday, Wyatt Earp and now you, will live on in Texas history… forever.

Meet the Fort Worth Herd, the only cattle drive that takes place twice a day on Exchange Avenue. The fully restored, indisputably authentic Grapevine Vintage Railroad takes visitors to the Stockyards Station.  Formerly dedicated to livestock, it is now the most prestigious shopping, entertainment and dining venue in the nation.

Take that.. 5th Avenue.  🙂

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You’ll find rodeo and Wild West action year-round at the Cowtown Coliseum, built in 1918 and home of the original indoor rodeo. The Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame, located at the original site where the mules were kept, honors Texas Cowboys and those that love them.  There are more than 60 authentic wagons and floats honoring cowboys and cowgirls from Texas.

Didn’t make it into the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame?  No problem.  You’ve still got a good shot at the Native Texan Hall of Fame.  Your induction into The Hall assures that a qualified “Friend of Texas” will benefit from your notoriety.  Additionally, you’ll be able to nominate your school, church, club or other qualified Texas organization permitting them to benefit financially far into the future.

To Say “Size-Texano” takes on new meaning at Billy Bob’s Texas, the largest honky-tonk in the world.  2011 was Billy Bob’s 30th anniversary.  It was named “Club of the Year” 12 times over the past thirty years.  If you see Billy Bob while your boot scooting… I’d advise you not to ask why they didn’t win the other 18 years.  It’s a bit of a sore spot.

That aside, the club can accommodate up to 6,000 people.  The Club presents concerts by the most renowned musicians in the country.  When the music stops, you can catch the action in the Bull Ring where you’ll see live bull riding.

Take that…. RODEO Drive. 🙂

The Boys in the Lotto Lab are HUGE Billy Bob’s Fans… at least they were until the “Incident” of 2003.  Prior to 2003, The Boys were fixtures on the dance floor.  They spent hours showing their “Mad Moves” to one and all, then…  things went South.  The Boys maintain that their “Boot Scooting Prowess” was so attractive to the ladies that other, less capable men felt threatened.

The staff of Billy Bob’s disagrees.

They contend that their forcible ejection had nothing to do with alluring the ladies.  According to numerous eyewitnesses, it was more like annoying the ladies.  Reports are sketchy… but it seems The Boys were running from woman to woman, sometimes in succession to the same woman.  Prior to each conversation, The Boys would do a little muscle-flexing followed by a quick demonstration of their break dancing skills.  After this seductive mating dance, they would then introduce themselves.  The introduction included a brief 20-minute dissertation on their plans and hopes for the future that were predicated upon their inevitable Texas Lotto win.

After that, they recited this sure-fire pick-up line to their potential paramour.

Baby… I love Lotto Texas as I would Love to Love you.

Inexplicably, no phone numbers were forthcoming, even after they offered the prospect of lucrative employment.  The Boys have been on the hunt for a qualified Female CEO for some time.  The Boys remain confident that their luck will change as quickly as they hit the big one.

Remember… their motto is:

Next Time…. FER SURE!!!

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Billy Bob’s is GREAT, but that’s not all the action in Fort Worth.  Nearby you’ll find the White Elephant Saloon.  The Elephant is an authentic Western watering hole featuring country and western music every night. The entire historic district is recognized as a must see location for family fun and shopping.

They are not wrong.

Downtown / Sundance Square

Downtown Fort Worth is a success that few cities can boast. Glitzy skyscrapers form a ring around Sundance Square, the shopping and entertainment district of Fort Worth.  The Square has been fully restored to its original Victorian beauty. It has restaurants, theaters, shops, museums and galleries; in addition to hotels and residences.

Additionally, Sundance boasts the Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Performance Hall.  The majestic Hall opened in 1998 and costs more than $67 million to construct.

It’s REALLY nice.

Bass Hall is called “The Last Great Concert Hall Built in the Twentieth Century .”  The fine folks of Fort Worth just call it home.

Bass is the permanent home of The Fort Worth Symphony, opera and ballet, as well as The Van Cliburn Recital Hall and the Casa Mañana Theatre.   Bass is revered as “One of the top 10 operas in the world” and one of only three in the United States.  It is indisputably the very best of all the rest.

Don’t believe me?  Ask anyone from Fort Worth.

Great Texas FundraiserSundance Square is located in the heart of the best “Downtown” in the country.  The European-style plaza has a permanent stage for concerts and movies; beautiful fountains, restaurants; a cigar bar exquisite shopping and Big Time Texas fun.

The Water Gardens and the Convention Center inIn addition to Bass, Sundance also boasts the Sid Richardson Museum.  This is an incredible museum that contains a very large collection of paintings and bronzes by prominent Western artists such as Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell.Sundance Square has emerged as a national model for urban revitalization.  It is an incredible place to live, work and play.  By day, it is a dynamic business hub, by night you’ll find a wide range of entertainment options Fort Worth recently underwent a $75 Million Dollar expansion.  It’s quite an improvement from what it was in the 1870s when it was known as “Hell’s Half Acre.”  Then, it was comprised mostly of boarding houses, brothels, gambling parlours and saloons.

They’re gone now.

Hell’s Half acre now contains the new Convention Center located close the the Omni Fort Worth Hotel.  The Convention Center boasts 614 rooms and over 75,000 square feet of convention space.  The Omni Fort Worth Hotel has over 2,000 beautiful hotel rooms close to the Center and more than 12,000 throughout the city.

We were curious, strictly from an academic and historical perspective, about the brothels and gambling parlors.  Anyway, a bunch of us went over and looked; nary a brothel or boarding house remained.

We could be wrong… but it looks like they missed a saloon or two. 🙂

Cultural District   

Kimbell Art Museum, named “The Best Small Art Museum in the US,” opened its new facility, The Renzo Piano Hall, in November of 2013.   The facility is a modernist icon museum designed by Louis Kahn.  The $125 million dollar pavilion hosts salons and the facilities to accommodate the education department of a large scale museum, a larger audience, a bigger library; and generous underground parking.

It is incredible.

Coming soon is the “Trinity River Vision” that will bring a complete transformation to more Texas Seal - God Bless Texasthan 40 miles of the Trinity River.  The plan incorporates an inviting boardwalk area which includes a lake in the city, recreational activities, shopping and residential development.  It’s going to be wonderful.  Fort Worth can’t wait.

Fort Worth is one of the best cities in the country for cycling.  The city launched its first bicycle loan system in April of 2013.  Fort Worth “Bike Share” has 300 specially designed mountain bikes, available to loan from 30 stations located throughout the central city area, Sundance Square, the Southside District, Texas Christian University (TCU) and the Cultural District.  It is so very nice to be able to hop aboard a bicycle, go to where you’re going and leave it for the next person.

Fort Worth Zoo is one of the top five zoos in the country.  It is known worldwide for its collection of animals and the incredible recreation of their natural habitats.  We heard through the grapevine that there are long lines of lions and tigers and bears on the African continent eagerly waiting to relocate to the Fort Worth Zoo.

The animals consider captivity in the Fort Worth Zoo an extended vacation. 🙂

Alliance Area

Texas Motor Speedway (TMS) is the second-largest facility of its kind in the country located in far North Fort Worth.  The track measures 1.5 miles around and is banked at 24 degrees.  There is racing action throughout the year.  Texas Motor Speedway is home to two NASCAR Sprint Cup races: the Duck Commander 500 and the AAA Texas 500, as well as two Xfinity Series races, the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 and the O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge.  Additionally, TMS has the Indy Racing League and the Verizon IndyCar Series race, and the Firestone 600.  You’ll find plenty to do and plenty of entertainment here.   There are no bad seats at TMS because you’ve got “Big Hoss” the world’s largest high definition screen.  It doesn’t get any better than that.

The Texas Civil War Museum in Northeast Fort Worth has tons of great Civil War memorabilia.  They have more than 3,000 objects and 70 flags from the Civil War era.  It’s the largest Civil War museum West of the Mississippi.  It’s a tremendous tribute to our Southern Heritage.

Everything points to Fort Worth as one of the best communities in Texas that make it one of the best moves you could possibly make.  The city was named as one of the “Best Communities in America” for 10 years running from 2004 to 2014.  Thinking of buying or selling in Fort Worth?  The only name you need to know is Becky Neal.  Becky is an incredibly intuitive Realtor that can and will help you find the Fort Worth home of your dreams.  You’ll draw on her community insights coming from more than 20 years of helping people just like you find a home they’ll adore.  Ready to buy or sell in Fort Worth, Click Here.

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