Fort Worth

Established in 1849, Fort Worth, Texas, grew up with a reputation for lawlessness based as much on fact as fiction. The outpost became a cattle-drive stop on the Chisholm Trail. Thousands more passed through with the arrival of the Texas and Pacific Railway. Transient cowboys, along with con men, gamblers, bandits and military deserters, took pleasure in the saloons, bordellos and dance halls that sprang up at the time. Known then as “Hell’s Half Acre,” the area retained its dubious distinction for decades, even housing such nefarious characters as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, the Hole in the Wall Gang, and Bonnie and Clyde.

Today, Fort Worth has shed its reputation as a wild “cow…

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