Imagine Fort Worth in 1903. From grainy photos I’ve seen, there was a lot of dust, cows, and not much else. There certainly were not any charming homes that would last 114 years and become historic properties, right? Wrong.
The 1900 census of Fort Worth showed 26,668 residents, which was up from 1880 when there were 6,663 people living in Cowtown. The largest building in 1903 was a seven-story building that cost $400,000 to construct. Cowtown in 1903 was a “rail town” — cattle drives and meat packing were the main industry before World War I, World War II, and the oil boom.