Landmarks in Fort Worth

We’ve been hard at work on the blog posts for our Fort Worth client, and we have a complete set of six! We hope you enjoy reading them as much as we enjoyed writing them. This post discusses landmarks in downtown Fort Worth.

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Fort Worth is home to many different landmarks worth seeing – from historical homes like the Log Cabin (above) to museums such as The Kimball Art Museum or Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame. The city has seen explosive growth over recent years, but despite that growth there are still multiple places where visitors can experience historic features unique to Tarrant County and even more if they’re willing to travel outside of downtown Fort Worth.

-Tarrant County Courthouse (built in 1886)- It is  the oldest in the state that is still operating. The new octagonal, two-story courthouse had four wings with a curved tin dome and cupola. The main courtroom occupied the central section of the second floor and had tall windows providing light, while the wings and first floor held offices. Eventually Tarrant County outgrew this building, and in 1893 the county commissioners sold bonds to construct a new courthouse. That building, designed by Kansas City architects Gunn and Curtiss and built in 1894-95, is the courthouse we know and love today – restored and standing proud on the bluff overlooking the Trinity River.

-Log Cabin (built 1880s)- The cabin was built by a settler named James Ligon and has been recognized as an iconic landmark of Fort Worth since 1974.Today, each of the historic structures, furnished with authentic artifacts, provides a vivid look at life in the nineteenth century North Texas frontier. Each log house displays different aspects of pioneer life. The exhibits include a water-powered gristmill, a one-room schoolhouse, a blacksmith shop, an herb garden, and several log home settings. Historical interpreters, who are City of Fort Worth staff and volunteers, depict the lifestyle of the people who lived and settled the area in the mid to late 1800s.

-The Kimbell Art Museum (opened 1971) – It houses permanent collections, traveling exhibitions, lectures, family activities and more for art enthusiasts to enjoy. The museum also hosts school groups during weekdays with tours led by docents from various educational backgrounds who are trained to share their knowledge on art history while navigating students through the galleries.

-Texas Cowboy Hall Of Fame & Western Heritage Center (opened 1991) – This attraction includes both indoor exhibits such as carriages displayed at different angles so visitors can get a better look at them and their intricate details, as well as outdoor exhibits. The museum is a tribute to the cowboys of Texas – both real people who have contributed to shaping our state’s history and legends such as famous gunslinger John Wesley Hardin.

Additionally, visitors can learn about the different breeds of cattle that call Texas home and what it takes to care for them. Children are also able to participate in an interactive activity where they put on a cowboy hat, sit atop a saddle while holding the reins like they would with a horse during events such as round-ups, or when herding livestock. It is definitely worth checking out!