Dallas & Fort Worth
It’s a little-known fact that a man, his dog, his horse, and a trusty rifle founded the city of Dallas. After all, when James Neely Bryan, his dog Tubby, and his guide Ned arrived at the point where the three forks of the Trinity River came together, they envisioned a burgeoning trading post. Bryan and others built a settlement in Dallas, and it quickly grew in the U.S.
Dallas is the ninth-largest city in the U.S., the third-largest in Texas. Dallas and its suburbs are often rated some of the best places to live. The metroplex covers more than 578 square miles and is home to more than four million people.
Fort Worth, on the other hand, is much more than a smaller version of Dallas. It’s the 19th-largest city in the U.S. and was also named one of “America’s Most Livable Communities.” A thriving city of both rich culture and commerce, Fort Worth is home to museums (the Kimbell is world-renowned), universities (Texas Christian University), and more than 600,000 people.
As for its history, Fort Worth began as an army outpost in 1849. It was established to protect settlers from Indian attacks, and eventually became the last major stop on the legendary Chisholm Trail, the road where millions of cattle were driven north to market.
Due to the cattle market a hundred and twenty years ago, the metroplex had the largest police force – second only to New York City. Fort Worth was a party town back in the day, nicknamed “Hell’s Half Acre” because of its gambling parlors, saloons, and dance halls. It’s now affectionately called Cowtown in homage to its rowdy cowboy roots. The Fort Worth Stockyards is the city’s centerpiece, and is still a premier livestock center.
Together, the Dallas/Fort Worth metropolitan area is the eighth-largest in the U.S. with more than five million people.
The Legend Lives…
Dallas is home to big hair, big mansions, big cowboy hats, big bucks, and big opportunity.