Come to the next walking tour:
Saturday, August 12th, 2017 – “X-T-Uh-Oh” Tour of Downtown Fort Worth
Join us for a free walking tour of downtown Fort Worth. This month our knowledgeable guides will share the history & architecture of the many beautiful buildings that were restored by Bob Simpson when he owned XTO Energy. As XTO prepares to move out of Fort Worth we’ll learn how the loss of 1600 jobs and changing ownership of these buildings may impact our city.
Just make your reservations (space is limited) and come enjoy the 2-3 mile walk through Fort Worth’s near south side with lots of stops along the way. We start at the historic T&P Train Station in the resident’s lounge (behind the revolving brass door) at 9:00 am.
The monthly tours are guided by knowledgeable and entertaining history buffs who share a love of Fort Worth. Free parking at meters along W Lancaster Avenue or paid parking in the lot in front of The T&P building.
Click here to visit the walkFW Facebook Page to learn about our next walking tour of downtown Fort Worth. Space is limited each month.
About the tour organizers, Tim & Donna Young:
From their cozy home atop the historic T&P Passenger Terminal Tim operates Fort Worth Texas Real Estate, a boutique residential brokerage selling homes throughout North Texas. Tim is especially active in the downtown condo market. Donna starts her daily commute very early each morning to Irving where she is a Senior Project Manager for a multinational bank.
Tim and Donna support anything that makes our city a more interesting, safe and fun place to spend time. At every downtown event, production, restaurant, residential development and public space we have an opportunity to come together as a community.
Downtown Fort Worth Walking Tours are a free community event sponsored every month by Fort Worth Texas Real Estate. Donna & Tim invite you to come learn about Fort Worth’s fascinating history!
Fort Worth’s Historic Churches
This tour recounted the history of several downtown congregations and we got to go inside a three of the most beautiful buildings in our city; St Patrick’s Cathedral, 1st Christian Church and Allen Chapel AME Church.
Historic Hotel Tour
Our October tour visited some of Fort Worth’s historic old hotels and the spots where others once stood. The story began with a converted cavalry stable in 1853 and continues through the years to today’s soaring sky scrapers.
The Near South Side – “A Southern Exposure”
This month we learned about the history of the area including some famous businesses that were established here, some beautiful architecture and the impact of the railroad, the Great Southside Fire of 1909 and the 1889 Spring Palace. Now the exciting area is home to shops, factories, churches and craft breweries.
The Courthouse Square: The “Law & Order” side of town
Fort Worth began in 1949 as an Army outpost on the bluff above the Trinity River. After the Army left in 1853 folks moved in and made it a town. Today’s courthouse square showcases the newly restored 1895 courthouse and lots of history in the surrounding area.
The Bronze & Stone Tour of Downtown Fort Worth.
Some of Fort Worth’s most interesting history has been preserved in monuments of stone and bronze throughout the city. Visitors to downtown Fort Worth may wonder about our bronze and marble panthers or the monuments to Al Hayne, John Peter Smith and Ripley Arnold, but nearly everyone recognizes the man in the tribute outside of the Hotel Texas as JFK. Come on this tour to learn more about each one of these public artworks and many more along the way.
The History of the railroad in Fort Worth Texas!
From the day the very first train arrived in Fort Worth, July 19, 1876 this city has been a railroad town in every sense of the word. Locals have long realized what an imposing site the rail yards west of downtown are as the drive along Vickery Boulevard, but with the opening of the new Chisholm Trail Parkway the view of this area is even more pronounced. The great buildings of our town were often built in association with the railroad routes and many of our surrounding communities began as stops along the train routes in and out of town.
Our Railroad Tour is centered around downtown Fort Worth and such iconic landmarks as The T&P Passenger Terminal, Santa Fe Depot, The Post Office Building and The T&P Warehouse. Other tracks are included in the tour as well, including the mule drawn street cars (which were electrified in 1889), The Interurban lines that took passengers to nearby towns, and even the famous M&O Subway, the world’s only privately owned subway which once served shoppers at the downtown Leonard’s Department Store.
Historic Churches in Downtown Fort Worth…
Our church tour offers the opportunity to go inside a few of downtown’s most beautiful buildings and to learn the history of the many colorful characters who established and presided over Fort Worth’s famous houses of worship. From the infamous J. Frank Norris who headed Fort Worth’s First Baptist Church for 42 years to Joseph Clark of First Christian Church, whose sons Addison & Randolf established a school in Hell’s Half Acre which later moved to Thorpe Spring and became Texas Christian University (now back in Fort Worth).