The History of Fort Worth
The city of Fort Worth originated as a military post in 1849 and developed into one of the world's largest cattle markets and then into
modern diversified metropolis, with strengths ranging from aerospace to the arts. It seems fitting to focus our twelfth TSHA quiz on the unique history of Fort Worth.
According to historian Richard F. Selcer, whose Fort Worth: A Texas Original! was published by the Association, Fort Worth was built on the cattle and oil industries, but today it "has become nationally known as a 'destination city' thanks to the Historic Stockyards District, the Texas Motor Speedway, the Bass Performance Hall, Six Flags, the Ballpark at Arlington and the Cultural District."
As with our prior eleven TSHA contests, this is an open-book quiz, and we encourage you to consult our printed New Handbook of Texas or the Handbook of Texas Online, which has received well over 80 million page views since it was launched in 1999. We also hope you also enjoy traveling through our updated TSHA Online site, which includes SHQ Online, a searchable, full-text digital archive of the early editions of the Southwestern Historical Quarterly.
In fact, in this quiz, for the first time, the answer to one of the questions (number 10 below) can be found in the SHQ Online, as well as in the Online Handbook. That question has to do with the very first official annual meeting of the TSHA, at which President O. M. Roberts concluded his opening address with the following words:
... it may be remarked that as the events of the past history of the country enter into and aid in giving shape to the condition of things existing at the present time, the study of history is important in all branches of learning as a help to understand the present. Still, "the world moves," and new elements of human thought and action are being added, day by day as time passes, to the already accumulated materials of history, which are difficult to be grasped and understood fully in their comprehensive details and significance by any one person. They constitute the proximate impulses to public and private conduct for the time, and their comprehension is of the first importance in every department of useful knowledge.
One of the greatest benefits that this Association can confer upon the country would be to cause the present state of things as they transpire to be developed intelligibly, so as to be generally understood.
While some of the questions are harder than others, all the answers may be found through word and article searches in the Handbook of Texas Online.