A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from August 12, 2006
Cowtown (Fort Worth nickname)

"Cowtown” (or “Cow Town") is the nickname of Forth Worth, although the days of cows roaming the city’s streets have long since passed.


Wikipedia: Fort Worth, Texas
Fort Worth is the fifth-largest city in the state of Texas, 18th-largest city in the United States, as well as the fastest growing large city in the nation from 2000-2006 and was voted one of “America’s Most Livable Communities.”

Situated in North Texas, Fort Worth covers nearly 300 square miles in Tarrant and Denton counties, serving as the county seat for Tarrant County. As of the 2006 U.S. Census estimate, Fort Worth had a population of 653,320. The city is the second-largest cultural and economic center of the Dallas–Fort Worth–Arlington metropolitan area (commonly called the Metroplex), the fourth-largest metropolitan area in the U.S. with a population of 6 million in twelve counties. Fort Worth and the surrounding Metroplex area offer numerous business opportunities and a wide array of attractions.

Established originally in 1849 as a protective Army outpost at the foot of a bluff overlooking the Trinity River, the city of Fort Worth today still embraces and boasts of being more down-home, laid-back, and is proud of its traditionally old-fashioned ways when compared to its larger, more flashy eastern neighbor, Dallas.

Fort Worth still celebrates its colorful Western heritage that is deeply rooted in strong Southern influences. Fort Worth’s legendary “Western heritage” was made possible by settlers from the Old South looking for a new start. Fort Worth can be called a “gateway” to a cultural region, sometimes referred to as the “Western South.”

22 November 1913, Janesville (WI) Daily Gazette, pg. 8:
Fort Worth, Texas, Nov. 22.—Linking modern Texas to the old cattle days is the eighteenth annual National Feeders and Breeders’ Show which opened here today. Herds of cattle are being driven through the streets with the same abandon as a generation ago. Big spurs are clanking through marble-paved hotel lobbies. Chaparejos are back in the best society. For a week Fort Worth is to be the typical frontier cow town, with its dust and its ever present bovine odor.

26 July 1921, Galveston (TX) Daily News, “Crabs Tackle Panthers in Fort Worth Today,” pg.8:
Galveston has been a tough nut for the Panthers to crack all season, mayhaps they have hit the cowtown at the proper time.

13 October 1921, Reno (NV) Evening Gazette, pg. 6:
MIDLAND, Tex., Oct. 13.—This “cow town,” equidistant from El Paso and Fort Worth, also claims to be a polo pony town.

27 December 1923, Atlanta (GA) Constitution, “Bits of Texas Life” by O. O. McIntyre, pg. 4:
Fort Worth, Texas, December 26.—Fort Worth is known in Texans as the “cultured cow town.” It has a distinct personality. Cattle raising is the main industry. The easterner might think of a “cow town” as wild and woolly. Fort Worth is as effete in many ways as Boston.

Posted by Barry Popik
Texas (Lone Star State Dictionary) • (0) Comments • Saturday, August 12, 2006 • Permalink