History of Fort Worth, Texas

Fort Worth started as a military outpost June 6, 1849. When General William Jenkins Worth, the Mexican-American War hero in whose honor the town is named after, set up a camp on the bank of the Trinity River to protect settlers from Native Americans.
The US War Department directed Major Ripley S. Arnold in August 1849 to move the camp to the area facing the mouth of the Clear Fork. The Department officially christened the camp Fort Worth on November 14, 1849.

Growth of the city

Also known as “Cowtown” for its cattle drive history because millions of cattle were driven on the Chisholm Trail. Fort Worth also prides itself as the “place where the West begins.” The town’s proximity to the Chisholm Trail and convenience to Midwestern markets led the city to grow exponentially because of transportation and communication, especially facilitating the legendary cattle drives. The cattle drives, in turn, created fertile ground for gambling parlors, saloons, and bakeries across the nascent town and became known as “Hell’s Half Acre.” Even to date, the Fort Worth still celebrates its Wild West history, the reason urbanites from neighboring Dallas call it the “Funkytown.”

Post World War I development

Fort Worth, the home of Camp Bowie, witnessed the training of 100,000 men during World War I.
This after the US Army Air Force converted three airfields into training centers for aviation activities in the Arlington Heights area west of Dallas.
Fort Worth got a shot in the arm in the form of an oil stock exchanges. I was following the oil discovery in Texas and refinery and pipeline companies such as Sinclair Refining Company, Texaco, and Humble Oil and Refining Company (later Exxon Company, U.S.A.) setting up their operations in the State.

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Social development

Fort Worth has emerged as a key destination for a student seeking higher education opportunities. It boasts of reputable universities such as Texas Christian University, Texas Wesleyan University, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth, and the Fort Worth campus of the University of Texas at Arlington. We at Reilly Roofing and Gutters, top rated Fort Worth roofing company are extremely proud to be part of this community.


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