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First settled in the 1840s, by the end of the 19th century Dallas had grown to be a booming center of industry and trade thanks to the construction of railroads. In 1888, the Dallas Zoo opened and in the following decades, the first skyscraper and airport would be built. Later in the 20th century, Dallas would gain fame and notoriety as the home of Bonnie & Clyde, the birthplace of the integrated circuit and the site of President John F. Kennedy's assassination. The 1970s saw the construction of the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), as well as the premiere of the internationally popular television series Dallas. Today the city of Dallas, along with its suburbs and the nearby city of Fort Worth, constitute the fourth most populous metropolitan area in the United States. The city has a diverse, modern atmosphere and thriving economy. It is home to the third-largest concentration of Fortune 500 companies, five major league sports teams, an abundance of culinary options and an active arts scene. Its Arts District is the greatest concentration of buildings designed by award-winning architects in the country.
Established in 1849, Fort Worth was one of seven army outposts created to protect the settlers of West Texas following the Mexican-American War. Evacuated just four years later, no trace of the fort exists today, but it gave rise to the present town. Fort Worth was propelled forward when it became a stop on the Chisholm Trail, a path used for driving cattle northward. This connection would earn the city its "Cowtown" nickname and when the railroad arrived in 1876, rapid growth would follow as the city became a major center for the wholesale cattle trade. Parts of Fort Worth would remain a rowdy place into the early 20th century, but these activities gradually declined as the cowboy era came to a close. Military operations resumed in Fort Worth starting with the construction of Camp Bowie during World War I and have continued to the present with defense and aircraft manufacturing playing a major role in the city's economy. Today the city continues to celebrate its western heritage with attractions such as the world's largest indoor rodeo and is also home to world-class art museums, promoting itself as the "City of Cowboys and Culture."