Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: December 16, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412972048 | Print ISBN: 9780761929574 | Online ISBN: 9781412972048| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
The Dallas–Fort Worth metropolitan area, with a population of more than 6.8 million, ranks sixth among the top-ten media markets in the United States and is distinctive for its growing Spanish-language community. The region is a business and technology center, home to several corporate headquarters including global oil titan Exxon Mobil Corporation. Dallas began as a Trinity River trading post founded in 1841 by John Neely Bryan. Other than its affluent “Big D” image and the stereotypes generated by the late-twentieth-century television show Dallas , the city is perhaps most famous for being the site of the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Thirty miles to the west, Fort Worth grew from its 1849 founding as a U.S. Army fort into “Cowtown,” so named for its once-huge cattle stockyards. Today, Fort Worth is an urban center with a vibrant downtown entertainment district and renowned art museums. It is home ...