1/4Tarrant County historian Carol Roark poses for a photograph with Larry Schuessler's Panther City memorabilia collection at Larry's home in Fort Worth. The panther's presence is everywhere within the city limits. “It’s definitely a badge of honor worn by Fort Worth citizens.”. "It has grown customary for most modern cities to be given an appelation based on their location or the scene of some notable events or accomplishment." 4 / 4 Panther Island Brewing opened in 2014 in Fort Worth. Fort Worth High School — later renamed Paschal High School — adopted the Panthers as a mascot. Many people know Fort Worth for its rodeos, barbecue and honkytonk, but the city is also referred to as Panther City. Why on earth would Fort Worth be called the “Panther City”? It … Its name comes from the nickname of "Panther City" that's been part of Fort Worth lore since 1875. “If you look in the right place, there’s panthers sprinkled throughout the city,” said Carol Roark, a Fort Worth architectural historian. In 1912, the Fort Worth Police Department added a panther to its badge. He's also an adjunct professor at UNT's Mayborn School of Journalism. Be patient and stay safe. It all began when Dallas (a rival city) made fun of Fort Worth, about 1875, and stated that a panther was roaming the Fort Worth streets. "About 1875, a Dallas attorney who once lived in Fort Worth, who didn't have too good of a feeling about Fort Worth, made the comment that Fort Worth was such a sleepy city that he saw a panther asleep in the street of downtown.”. “Billy,” the panther, appeared in 1875, was adopted the the “Panther” … (Jae S. Lee / Staff Photographer), 3/4The Fort Worth Panthers baseball team, from 1923. invites you to join in our reporting process, The rate of COVID-19 patients in North Texas hospitals just crossed Gov. The panther was later embraced by the city as a symbol of hope and strength. The idea is simple: You have questions, and our journalists are trained to track down answers. Its name comes from the nickname of "Panther City" that's been part of Fort Worth lore since 1875. When minor league baseball came to town, the team was dubbed the Cats. Dallas Morning News columnist Michael Lindenberger called Fort Worth our "little sibling." (Jae S. Lee / Staff Photographer), 4/4A statue of Sleeping Panther upholds tradition on the lawn of the Tarrant County Administration building, at the corner of Weatherford and Main streets in downtown Fort Worth. For more Curious Texas stories, visit dallasnews.com/curious-texas. No question is too big or too small. That way, he said, he wouldn’t have to spend a penny in Dallas. From statues downtown to the Fort Worth Police Department the panther has been a mascot for Fort Worth since the late 1800’s. “Fort Worth was economically having problems and it was pretty quiet," she said. (Jae S. Lee / Staff Photographer). (Jae S. Lee / Staff Photographer), 4/4Panther Island Brewing opened in 2014 in Fort Worth. The city named its first fire engine “panther” and new saloons, meat markets and dry goods stores opened with the panther name. Ann from Dallas recently asked Curious Texas: Why is Fort Worth called Panther City? Panther City, or Pantherville, quickly spread as a proud nickname for Fort Worth. (Jae S. Lee / Staff Photographer), 2/4Panther City Fountain in Fort Worth. 5; Texas drops out of rankings, Why are pickles sold at the movies? So, where did the name Panther City come from? What do you wonder about the culture, people and institutions of North Texas — and the rest of our great state? Roark said the rivalry — and the nickname — goes back to the early decades of the two cities. Although the competition has cooled slightly, barbs are still occasionally tossed from city to city. Her mother was raised in Fort Worth and they were both curious why the panther mascot is so popular in Tarrant County. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram responded in kind: "Don't Dallas my Fort Worth. By signing up you agree to our privacy policy, Stand with us in our mission to discover and uncover the story of North Texas. So, where did the name Panther City come from? The answer behind the origin of the panther dates back to almost 150 years. "The story of the sleeping panther - which inspired Fort Worth's nickname, Panther City - is inscribed on a granite plaque near the sculpture. The big cat makes appearances on the Fort Worth Police badge, in downtown Fort Worth sculptures, in breweries, record stores, sports teams and more. Charles Scudder, Staff writer. In 1875, the Dallas Daily Herald published a column about an alleged scandal in "our suburban village of Fort Worth," written by a lawyer named Robert Cowart, who had recently moved from Fort Worth to Dallas. Coronavirus vaccines are on the way. It all began when Dallas (a rival city) made fun of Fort Worth, about 1875, and stated that a panther was roaming the Fort Worth streets. Copyright © 2020 The Dallas Morning News. Why on earth would Fort Worth be called the “Panther City”? ", “Whenever Fort Worth feels snubbed, there’s a tendency for the panther to work its way back into conversation,” Roark said. Read more about where Panther City got its name from this article in the Dallas Morning News. Why is Fort Worth called Panther City? Rather than take the insult from the Dallas paper, Fort Worth’s citizens adopted the panther as a new icon. Let's get started! Roark is Fort Worth through-and-through, but said she worked for many years at the Dallas Public Library’s Texas archives and research department. ‘The perfect layer of support’: How a North Texas pet detective helps reunite missing animals with their owners, Missing 67-year-old woman found safe, Dallas police say, AP college football poll (Nov. 29): Texas A&M remains No. There’s a story that Amon Carter, the father of modern Fort Worth, disliked Dallas so much that he would bring a sack lunch any time he had to take a meeting in the larger city. It seems many people have forgotten, if they ever knew at all, how Fort Worth became known as Panther City. Humphrey, also a member of the Fort Worth police historical association, said the symbol stems from what was meant to be an insult from a Dallasite. (Jae S. Lee / Staff Photographer), 2/4A copy of "Panther City March," a piano piece written in 1914 that Tarrant County historian Larry Schuessler owns at his home in Fort Worth. Get the answers to the the biggest questions about the culture, people and institutions of North Texas. Just last December, a report presented to Fort Worth leaders called the city "a suburb of Dallas County." Competition for rail lines and business made for intense civic boosterism and with it, insults hurled across the county line. Raised in Colleyville, he is a graduate of Southern Methodist University and Indiana University. View Article. "Fort Worth is named the "Panther City", from the tradition that a panther laid down in one of it's streets." Curious Texas investigates a regional rivalry, Strong cold front likely to bring Dallas-Fort Worth’s first freeze of the season, biting winds, Dallas County reports 3,303 more coronavirus cases, 6 deaths; Tarrant County reports 1,305 new cases, 5 fatalities, What you need to know about coronavirus, plus a map of every case in Texas, Why more women struggle in the COVID economy: ‘It’s really overwhelming because it’s like never-ending’. All rights reserved. (Jae S. Lee / Staff Photographer), 3/4The Flatiron Building features carved panther heads on its facade in Fort Worth. The next morning, according to the satirical column, people took turns pointing out “whar the panter had laid down.”. A panther even rests on top of the Fort Worth police badge since 1912. All rights reserved.