is the fifth-largest city in the state of Texas
and the seventeenth-largest city in the United States. Situated in North Texas
and a cultural gateway into the American West, Fort Worth
covers nearly 300 square miles.
It went from a sleepy outpost to a bustling town when it became a stop along the legendary
Chisholm Trail, the dusty path
where millions of cattle were driven
North to market. Fort Worth
became the center of the cattle drives, and later, the ranching industry. Its location on the Old Chisholm Trail, helped establish Fort Worth
as a trading and cattle center and earned it the nickname "Cowtown."