Heritage Trails

Changing Landscape
Northwest corner of Seventh and Houston streets.

In 1873, when the City of Fort Worth was incorporated, the intersection of 7th and Houston was open fields. But, by the early 1900s the corner had become the center of a vibrant business and financial area.

From 1905-1921 Continental Bank & Trust occupied the former Board of Trade building on the northwest corner of the intersection. In 1912 First National Bank built a ten-story building on the northeast corner. In 1952 Continental National Bank returned to the northwest corner and built a thirty-story building topped with a revolving digital clock with a 25 foot high numbers. Fort Worth National Bank occupied its headquarters in the southeast corner from 1956-1973. The banks now have new names and locations.

XTO Energy purchased the 1952 Continental National Bank building (Landmark Tower) in 2005. The building was imploded March 18, 2006, the tallest building in Texas to be imploded.