Founded in 1890, the YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth began its mission in Fort Worth using a Gospel Wagon to reach out to residents. For its 120-year history, the YMCA has always been here for good – for the good of the community and its residents.

YMCA work continues in Fort Worth

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An excerpt from the Gospel Wagon Workers, an early newsletter

Early newsletters of the YMCA in Fort Worth told the story of the Gospel Wagon and the workers it carried.  This issue carried a description of the Gospel Wagon from the Fort Worth Gazette, a list of Wagon Workers and Wagon Trustees as well as numbers of  visits and people served.

At the top was the phrase “From City to City” as the gospel wagon attempted to reach those in Fort Worth and surrounding areas.  Today, the YMCA  of Metropolitan Fort Worth reaches a 6-county area with its fitness facilities, programs and services.


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Welcome to the blog celebrating the 120-year history of the YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth. In this blog, we will have information for those interested in history, Fort Worth or the YMCA – month by month, decade by decade.

Were you a YMCA member or participant years ago? Do you remember camp outs at Camp Carter or swimming at the Downtown Y? We invite you to share your YMCA memories in this blog – let us know what you remember or what you enjoy most now as a member of the YMCA. We can’t wait to hear from you!