In the early days, Fort Worth was a rough and tumble frontier town, home to the brave and the brawling, soldiers and the outlaws alike. Originally settled in 1849 as an army outpost along the Trinity River, Fort Worth was one of eight forts assigned to protect settlers from Indian attacks. So much has changed since. Some major revitalization of the city’s downtown area began in the mid-1980s. Residential, entertainment and retailers began popping up and the city’s growth increased dramatically.
Fort Worth’s earliest buildings endure to this day. Art deco skyscrapers to older redbrick stalwarts. In fact, our McCart location is set in the historical Tandy Wire and Cable building – the city’s first cotton textile mill . Even though the Wild West days are long gone, Fort Worth’s proud Western heritage and culture lives on, seamlessly blending in with the thriving consumer market and culture booming today.
Did you know that Fort Worth is the 17th-largest city in the United States and the fifth-largest city in the state of Texas? With so much landscape and things to do, we are proud to be headquartered in this great city and wanted to share some of our top 5 things to do while visiting.
1. Get Cultured. One of the finest collections of museums in the country are right here in Fort Worth. Visit the Cultural District where masterpieces are plentiful and art history is prevalent. From priceless antiquities to Impressionist milestones to modern artworks, this is a place for all to find inspiration, broaden your horizons and spend quality time with family and friends.
2. Get a History Lesson. Once home to cowboys, cattlemen and outlaws, today the Stockyards National Historic District is one of the most popular attractions in Texas. Day and night, visitors come to the Stockyards to get a taste of the true American West. Begin your journey on Exchange Avenue, where the weathered brick streets are lined with historic buildings, restaurants, shops, saloons and other attractions.
3. Experience the Fast Lane. Known as “The Great American Speedway,” the 1.5-mile super-speedway plays host to three major series a year showcasing one of the most popular sports in the nation. The Texas Motor Speedway accommodates 200,000 fans, features more than 10 major racing series, including NASCAR and IndyCar Racing, in addition to year-round tours and championship driving schools. Plan a trip to attend one of the exciting races throughout the year!
4. Fine Dining. Dine in one of Fort Worth’s fine dining establishments from Tex-Mex to BBQ to world class cuisine. The options are endless. Fort Worth cuisine is as flavorful as the city’s rich Western heritage and world-class artistic masterpieces. Featuring Texas’ best ingredients and a mix of flavors from around the world, our award-winning chefs are serving up dishes from “off the beaten culinary trail.”
5. Catch a Show. Once you indulge in one of Fort Worth’s culinary experiences, you may want some entertainment. Voted as one of the “top 10 opera houses in the world” by Travel + Leisure magazine, The Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Performance Hall resembles a classic European opera house. It is the permanent home to major performing arts organizations including the Fort Worth Opera, the Texas Ballet Theater, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and Concerts.
As you can see, Fort Worth is a lively and colorful city full of history and culture. We invite to soak it all in while you’re here and don’t forget to utilize our storage units to keep all of your valuables safe and sound while you’re out and about exploring our great city.