Molly the Trolley!
This is a neat addition that Fort Worth has brought to the historical downtown area. It's a new and "Free" way to get around the downtown area! It services the downtown area weekly and the Stockyards on weekends. The drivers were friendly and tried to share whatever knowledge they had on the area. Their stops at placed near or in front of the major hotels with the downtown area. Check with your hotels or go online and check it out.
Hours are Monday - Sunday 10AM - 10PM, every 15 Minutes.
Stops: Sheraton Fort Worth Hotel & Spa, Commerce Street, Hilton Fort Worth, Blackstone Courtyard/Embassy Suites, Sundance Square (Main & 3rd), Renaissance Worthington, Sunday Square (Houston & 5th), Park Central Hotel, and Omni Fort Worth.
Fort Worth Water Gardens
Just south of the Fort Worth Convention Center you will find the Fort Worth Water Gardens. This 4.3 acre park was built in 1974. The park features an aerated water pool, a quiet water pool, and the active water pool where water tumbles 38 feet to the bottom. Other features of the park include the central square, a stage, and an events plaza. Rather than a flat plaza, the entire water gardens was built with steep hills and deep pools along with lots of trees and flowers.
This area was once known as "Hell's Half Acre" for its gambling, saloons, and prostitution houses frequented by cattle drivers. A sign near the Water Gardens reads:
HELL'S HALF ACRE
This area was the edge
of Cowtown's notorious
Hell's Half Acre where a
district of saloons, dance
halls, gambling parlors,
and bordellos thrived in
the late 1800s. Lawmen,
gamblers, cowboys, trainmen, buffalo hunters,
teamsters, madams, and prostitutes frequented
the acre's dance halls, gambling parlors, and
On November 29, 1878, the Fort Worth Democrat
described the range of patrons at the dance halls
as "...lewd women of all ages 16 to 40...the most
respectable of citizens, the experienced thief...the
ordinary murderer, the average cowboy and the
ordinary young man of the town."
The scandalous activities of Hell's Half Acre
and the businesses that support them continued
to ebb and flow throughout the early 1900s. Fort
Worth's Hell's Half Acre finally ceased to exist
when the area was cleared to build the Tarrant
County Convention Center in the 1960s.
Heritage Trails 2006
Sponsored by: Sheraton Fort Worth Hotel and Spa