This weekend the C-SPAN Cities Tour explores the American story – taking Book TV (on C-SPAN2) and American History TV (on C-SPAN3) to Fort Worth, also known as Cowtown, to highlight the history and literary life the 15th largest city in the U.S., a news release announced.
Fun Fact: Fort Worth, est. 1849 as an army outpost, got the name Cowtown from its cattle drive history as well as its location as a trading post for cowboys at the end of the Chisholm Trail.
Mayor Betsy Price’s segment will kick off Fort Worth Weekend Friday, June 1st airing on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal program from 6-9 a.m. CT. C-SPAN is available in Fort Worth on Spectrum channels 25, 732.
C-SPAN will take viewers around the city from the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, and Cowtown Coliseum with Joe Hub Baker, to Texas Christian University’s Special Collections to see Jim Wright’s special collection with Senior Archivist Mary Saffell, to Justin Brands. Also featured is the history of Justin Boots from Justin Brands Archive Clerk Nancie Thomas, a tour of the city with Visit Fort Worth’s Mitch Whitten and a chance to hear Hear Congressman Marc Veasey (D-TX-33rd District) talk about his newly created district, its ethnic diversity and the area’s economic growth.
Saturday, all Book TV (C-SPAN2, Spectrum channels 26, 733) literary offerings from Fort Worth will air together in one block beginning at 11 a.m. CT, including interviews with area writers such as:
— Max Krochmal, author of Blue Texas: The Making of A Multiracial Democratic Coalition in the Civil Rights Era.
— James Riddlesperger, author of Lone Star Leaders: Power and Personality in the Texas Congressional Delegation,
— Gene Allen Smith, author of The Slave’s Gamble: Choosing Sides in the War of 1812
— and Steven Woodworth, author of This Great Struggle: America’s Civil War
Saturday also includes the TCU Special Collections visit; and tour of the city.
Sunday, all history programming from the city will air on American History TV (on C-SPAN3, Spectrum channel 737) beginning at 1 p.m. CT, including a visit to Fort Worth’s General Worth Square and the John F. Kennedy memorial, the Fort Worth Stockyards and more.
The release detailed that in addition to the individual segments airing on their respective networks, they will also air together during the following dates and times:
— Book TV (on C-SPAN2) block: Saturday, June 2, 11 a.m. CT (Spectrum channels 26, 733)
— American History TV (on C-SPAN3) block: Sunday, June 3, 1 p.m. CT (Spectrum channel 737)
For more information, or to view each segment after it airs, visit c-span.org/series/?citiesTour.
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