Pendery’s World of Chiles and Spices
In 1870, DeWitt Clinton Penderey packed up some samples from his family spice and tea business in Cincinnati and hopped on a stagecoach to seek his fortune. He disembarked in Fort Worth, where he founded Penderey’s World of Chiles & Spices, selling his wares at the Wells Fargo stagecoach stop. Penderey’s is now the oldest family-owned and -operated business in Texas, and they recently opened a retail outlet as part of their manufacturing facility in the Design District. DeWitt is credited with inventing chili powder, the now ubiquitous blend of ground chile pods and spices used to season chili. The company sells more than a dozen varieties, in addition to a wide selection of dried herbs, spices, and teas.