Monthly Archives: January 2017

Panther City…

Some insults can be turned around and become a rallying cry. This is what happened in 1875 when Robert E. Cowart wrote a letter to the local Dallas newspaper stating that Fort Worth had become such a sleepy town and so sparsely populated that a panther was spotted sleeping on Main Street.dsc_0316

The country was facing a financial crisis and Fort Worth was failing as a result. The railroad line, being laid across north Texas, was forced to stop 30 miles before reaching Fort Worth.

Rather than succumb to defeat and certain abandonment, the city proudly adopted the name Panther City. Business men and citizens rallied together to complete the railroad and by July 19th 1876 the first train reached Fort Worth, placing it firmly on the commerce route of the railroad tracks.

Since the late 1800’s Fort Worth has embraced many nicknames: Queen City of the Prairie, Cowtown, Funky Town, Where the West Begins and Panther City.

Today each police badge in Fort Worth has a panther, several businesses (Panther City Distillery, Panther City Firearms) and a place of entertainment (Panther Island) are named for the panther.

And, as you might suspect, there is a panther statue that lays quietly near Main Street, much like the panther of 1875.

Fort Worth, Texas

Here we are, one week of 2017 has already flown by, so before my thought for a monthly blog has to start in June instead of January I’d like to share my thoughts with you.

I moved to Fort Worth Texas 18 years ago. Although I never thought I would consider Texas anything other than the place I moved to, I’ve actually come to consider this my home.

A few weeks ago I decided I’d like to share this wonderful city with others. So my plan is to take photos of different parts of Fort Worth and share them here on my blog. I hope to post something once or twice a month. I also plan to step outside the box and share parts of the city most people typically wouldn’t share…those hidden gems of this city known as Cowtown.


Fort Worth, Texas

Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge

Roads, trails, walkways, bridges and any other “way” that allows us to move from one place to another…these are the photos Cee is looking for in this challenge.

This week I chose to share photos of the streets of Merida, Yucatandsc_0986





Visit Cee’s Which Way Challenge…you will be happy you did!