Located at about 30 mi (48 km) west of Dallas, Fort Worth is one of the largest cities in Texas, United States. Today the city still embraces its Western heritage and traditional architecture and design. It is sometimes nicknamed "Cowtown".
Established in 1934, it is the oldest botanic garden in Texas with 2,501 species of native and exotic plants in its 21 specialty gardens, including a Japanese Garden. The garden also contains a Begonia Species Bank, established and operated to prevent the loss of begonia species. It is the largest begonia collection in the United States.
The Kimbell Art Museum hosts European and Asian art collections. The building was designed by architect Louis I. Kahn and is widely recognized as one of the most significant works of architecture of recent times. It is especially noted for the wash of silvery natural light across its vaulted gallery ceilings. Its European collection includes Michelangelo's first known painting, The Torment of Saint Anthony, the only painting by Michelangelo on exhibit in the Americas.
The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth is a museum of post-World War II art. It dates back to 1892 and its current building in the city's Cultural District opened in 2002. The museum maintains one of the foremost collections of international modern and contemporary art in the central United States. Various movements, themes, and styles are represented, including abstract expressionism, pop art, and minimalism, as well as aspects of new image painting from the 1970s and beyond, and contemporary movements in photography, video, and digital imagery.
Sundance Square is a 35-block commercial, entertainment and retail district in downtown Fort Worth. Named after the Sundance Kid in western folklore, it is a popular place for nightlife and entertainment for both locals and tourists. The area includes numerous hotels, restaurants, lofts, shops, museums, bars, clubs, movie theatres, performing arts, concerts and festivals throughout the year.
The Fort Worth Stockyards is a historic district that consists of entertainment and shopping venues that capitalize on the "Cowtown" image of Fort Worth and Texas in general. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The stockyards was an organized marketplace where cattle, sheep, and hogs could be bought, sold and slaughtered since 1866. By 1907, the Stockyards sold a million cattle per year. Fort Worth remained an important part of the cattle industry until the 1950s. Today the Stockyards celebrates the city's long tradition as a part of the cattle industry and it is the last standing stockyards in the United States.