Fort Worth was named for Major William Jenkins Worth, a leader in the Mexican-American War in 1846. Worth, who after the war was placed in command of the Department of Texas, proposed a line of ten forts along the Texas frontier, then died one month later of cholera. His uniform (pictured above) is on display in a special exhibit -- "150 Years of Fort Worth" -- at the Fort Worth Museum.
I ended my tour at the site of Hell's Half Acre. In its day, it was the most notorious district in town, known for its saloons, dance parlors and bordellos. The Fort Worth Democrat, a major newspaper in the late 1800s, described the area as a beacon for "lewd women of all ages 16 to 40, the most despicable of citizens and the experienced thief." Today, it's an Aerated Water Pool, designed in the 1970s by architects Philip Johnson and John Burgee. Their vision was to give visitors the impression that they could walk across the pool on tiles made of spraying water. I guess that's one way to clean the neighborhood up ...!