Fort Worth flower shops call this bustling city home.
Fort Worth was originally established in 1849 as an army outpost and is rich in Old West history. As the cattle industry began to flourish, Ft. Worth was a stop along the Chisholm Trail as cattle were driven north for sale. The heavy traffic along this route established Fort Worth as a trading center referred to as "Cow Town". The name "Cow Town" was quickly replaced with the moniker “Hell’s Half Acre” as the area soon became home to several old west saloons, dance halls, and ladies of ill repute. Cowboys, hunters, criminals and adventure seekers all flocked to Hell’s Half Acre for the thrill of liquor and loose women. Despite years of unsuccessful efforts, the town was finally cleaned up in the early 1900’s after a police report revealed that 50% of all crime in Ft. Worth took place in the Acre.
Although it is without the thrill of its earlier days, the cattle industry still plays a role in the areas economy. Aerospace technology and medicine are also driving forces, as is agriculture. The Texas Department of Agriculture continues to seek out ways to increase this industry’s profits and has recently been working to encourage farmers to expand their enterprises in to the cut flower industry. Flowers in Ft. Worth could potentially bring big dollars to the local economy as most Ft. Worth flowers are currently making their way in to the city through foreign or domestic import. Cut flowers are a $234 million dollar industry in Texas with a hefty percentage of the profits going off shore. There are approximately 3,000 florists in the state of Texas and unfortunately only a small fraction of them are supplied by Ft. Worth flower growers. Most Ft. Worth flower shops get their product brought in from other states and most often from other countries. The Texas Department of Agriculture would like to see more Ft. Worth florists buying their product locally. At the moment, Ft. Worth flower growers are managing to penetrate the retail sector through supplying the floral departments in local supermarket chains but still can’t actively participate in the Ft. Worth flower shop market. The Department of Agriculture has put out a publication to help encourage farmers break in to the Ft. Worth flower market. It not only advises farmers of the preliminary work involved, but also identifies the areas that Ft. Worth flower growers will be able to compete with importers. There are a variety of flowers that Florists in Ft. Worth don’t often keep on hand simply because they aren’t easy to transport. Flowers such as Snapdragons must remain upright and can’t be shipped in boxes for fear of damage making this one in particular a potential big seller for a Ft. Worth flower grower. Breeds like Sweet Peas and Delphiniums have a shorter shelf life effectively keeping these out of the local Ft. Worth flower shops since the transit time from farm to shop already cuts the vase time in half. At present, Texas growers are only seeing about $500,000 of the $234 million dollar industry. This could all change if more local farmers would branch out in to the cut flower industry and the Department of Agriculture is doing all it can to make sure this happens.
Fort Worth Sights and Sounds
- The Cowgirl Museum
- Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame
- Cattle Raisers Museum
- Texas Motor Speedway - the second largest sports facility in the US, and the third largest in the world
- Lake Benbrook - one of the city's best freshwater fishing destinations
- Billy Bob's Texas - western themed bar
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