Fort Worth: Downtown, Sundance Square, & Beyond

Fort Worth earned its nickname of “Cowtown” as one of the busiest crossing points for cattle trails to northern markets. Later, it became a market for cattle itself. At the Sid Richardson Museum, the paintings of Frederic Remington and Charles Russell are on display. For more than a century, their paintings have portrayed both the reality – and the romance – of the American West.

The mural on the side of the Jett Building in Sundance Square looks like a 3D sculpture – but it’s really a large, realist painting of two cowboys driving a herd of longhorn cattle. Historical markers are placed several places throughout downtown Fort Worth, commemorating the cattle drive era, including the Eastern Cattle Trail, Hell’s Half Acre, Thistle Hill, and a general history of Fort Worth – “Where the West Begins.”

Sid Richardson Museum

  • Hours: Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m – 5 p.m., Friday – Saturday, 9 a.m. – 8 p.m., Sunday 12 – 5 p.m.
  • Admission: None
  • 309 Main St., Fort Worth, TX 
  • 817-332-6654
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Thistle Hill

  • Currently serves as an event venue
  • 1509 Pennsylvania Ave., Fort Worth, TX
  • 817-332-5875
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  • National Register of Historic Places