The second largest city within the Dallas-Fort-Worth-Arlington metropolitan area is Fort Worth City. It is even the 5th biggest city within the state of Texas and the 17th largest city in the United States of America. Initially, Fort Worth was built as a protective Army outpost. The city overlooks Trinity River and has a heritage of western and traditional architecture and designs.
The history is directly related with the history of the Texas frontier and the city of Dallas. Major Ripley Arnold established the new fort site near the West and Clear Forks gathering during the year 1849. He put up a post on the banks of the Trinity and named it Camp Worth honoring U.S. Army General William Jenkins Worth, a well-respected veteran of the Mexican-American War. The U.S. officially approved the name "Fort Worth" during 1849. Various pioneers began to live in the area surrounding Fort Worth even with the Native Americans who were still considered a threat to the community. The Civil War and Reconstruction practically wiped Fort Worth off the map because of money shortages burdened by the citizens. It gradually revived itself during the 1870's, and shortly, the city opened national banks, saloons, general stores, and many others. Schools also opened gradually following the war, and when the cattle business exploded in the area, the city's economy grew and became known as "Cowtown."
Those who enjoy visiting museums can go to American Airlines C.R. Smith Museum, Amon Carter Museum (provides tourists a stunning survey of American art, from the very first landscape painters of the 1830s to contemporary artists of the twentieth century), Ball-Eddleman-McFarland House, Ballet Concerto (presented yearly ever since 1983 the "Summer Dance Concert", that has been an outdoor dance event presented at no cost within Fort Worth's Cultural District), Fire Station No. 1, Cattle Raisers Museum, Fort Worth Community Arts Center (showcases the talents of regional artists in theatre, dance, music, studio, art, opera, and poetry), Fort Worth Museum of Science and History/Omni Theater (it is home to various interactive and exciting exhibits for kids of different ages), Galleries (Art on the Boulevard, Artspace 111, Hometown Galleries, The Firehouse Art Studios and Gallery, Lucky Draw Pottery Gallery and Artisans Studio, Milan Galleries, William Campbell Contemporary Art and Spur Ranch Gallery), ITC Historic Wall (celebrates the African-American warehouse and mercantile district that thrived in the eastern edge of downtown during early Fort Worth), Kimbell Art Museum, and Leonard's Department Store Museum (department store in downtown Fort Worth).
There are several companies headquartered in Fort Worth. They consist of: Acme Brick, Airforce Airguns, Alcon (US Headquarters), AmeriCredit, American IronHorse, Bell/Agusta Aerospace Company, Bell Helicopter Textron, Ben E. Keith, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corp., Consolidated Robotics, Cash American International, Coria Laboratories, Ltd., Cawley, Gillespie & Assoc., and Dickies.