Fort Worth The city was established in 1849 as an Army outpost
, Fort Worth went from a sleepy outpost to a bustling town when it became a stop along the legendary Chisholm Trail. During the 1860s Fort Worth suffered from the effects of the Civil War and Reconstruction. The population dropped as low as 175. In 1876, the Texas and Pacific Railway arrived in Fort Worth, causing a boom and transforming the Fort Worth Stockyards into a premier cattle industry in wholesale trade.