Fort Worth, Texas, the seat of Tarrant County and one of the largest cities in the state. It is located in northeastern Texas on the West Fork of the Trinity River a short distance west of Dallas. The two cities, together with their suburban areas, form the most populous urban complex in the state. Suburbs include Arlington, Haltom City, and North Richland Hills.
Fort Worth is an industrial city and a commercial center in a rich farming, cattle-ranching, and oil- and gas-producing area. The manufacturing of aircraft and aircraft equipment and components is a leading economic activity. Petroleum products, oil-field equipment, machinery, and processed foods and feeds are among Fort Worth's many other products. Fort Worth is served by Dallas/Fort Worth Regional Airport, one of the busiest airports in the nation; by several railways; and by three Interstate highways.
The Will Rogers Memorial Center, which includes Memorial Coliseum and Municipal Auditorium, consists of an impressive group of buildings for conventions, sports, cultural exhibits, and community events. Among the cultural institutions at the center are the Kimbell Art Museum, the Amon Carter Museum of Western Art, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, and the Noble Planetarium. The Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show is held each January in the city.
In downtown Fort Worth are the Water Gardens, a landscaped and concrete terraced area (4.5 square blocks) with interesting water effects. Fort Worth's botanic gardens and zoological park are popular attractions. A number of large lakes, including Arlington, Benbrook, Eagle Mountain, and Worth, are the sites of varied sporting and recreational facilities. Other attractions include a nature center and refuge and numerous parks.
Educational institutions include Texas Christian University, Texas Wesleyan University, and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Fort Worth has a symphony orchestra.