This day in TCU history: Fire prompts move from Waco to Fort Worth

Fort Worth and Waco are two of the 10 cities that a Big 12 school calls home.

The two Texas towns located just 90 miles apart along Interstate-35 play host to one of the most passionate rivalries in the Lone Star State and the Big 12 — none other than TCU vs. Baylor.

Of course, that rivalry can be traced way back through the days of the now defunct Southwest Conference and beyond. While TCU and Baylor experts are sure to know the origins of each university, others may be surprised that there wasn’t always just one current Big 12 institution located in the city that bleeds green and gold.

That’s right, TCU was located in modern-day enemy territory from its founding in 1873 until 1910 — right in the heart of Waco.

That run came to an end, however, exactly 108 years ago today, when a fire damaged TCU’s main building beyond repair. It ultimately prompted the Horned Frogs to move north to Fort Worth, and, well, the rest is history.

And just as the tweet above suggests — could you imagine the landscape of TCU, let alone Fort Worth and the Big 12, had the fire never broken out?

Amon G. Carter Stadium? Probably not. Schollmaier Arena? Probably not. Dutch’s, Buffalo Bros., Heim BBQ, Billy Bob’s and every other Fort Worth institution that TCU fans love and hold dear? Certainly not for those attending the university, at least. There’s just no telling how things may look, from the playing field to the culture of Cowtown.

So remember this day, TCU fans. It’s an influential one, and a day that shouldn’t be forgotten by Big 12 fans anywhere. Because nobody knows how many things would be different today if the dominoes hadn’t fallen as they did.

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