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A Christmas tree delivery headed to Fort Worth’s Burnett Park in 1951 stops at Ridglea Texaco Service Station. Note the uniformed attendants servicing the cars. Fill’er up!
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Finally watching Lone Star Restoration featuring @hullhistorical on the History Channel >>> if you're a lover a old homes in Ft Worth this is a great watch. I remember peeking in the windows of this Ryan Place beauty several months ago during the restoration and it's featured on the show, so cool! #fortworthhistory #oldhomelover

Yesterday's ride by Lake Worth Castle or as it was originally called "Inverness", According to legend, a young man built the original wing of the house in 1860 as a gift for his future bride.
The two had planned to marry inside the house upon its completion, but the day of the wedding, the young woman was found floating face down just off the shore of Lake worth, it was never classified as a murder or accident but a month later the man married the brides sister and moved in. Not long after that, the sightings began.
Witnesses reported seeing an apparition of a woman in a white dress, running from the house toward the lake before vanishing at the water’s edge.The property changed hands several times, and was acquired by the Whiting family in 1920 after being staked and lost in a poker game. The Whiting's young son committed suicide inside the house in the 1930's and is said to be seen standing staring out the windows of the castle.......
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Found this awesome KFJZ record survey from 1964, a little peak into Fort Worth's past! #fortworth #fortworthhistory #kfjz

FOR SALE - 1102 Samuels Ave. Historic 1903 house on one of Fort Worth's oldest streets. A diamond in the rough for restoration by a passionate owner. Ideal for residential, office or live/work use. Contact @_nrgroup for info. 817-920-0000 or info@northernrealtygroup.com #northernrealtygroup #historicfortworth #fortworthrealestate #fortworthhistory #historicarchitecture

JPS Hospital deconstruction, Komatsu on standby. Canon AE1-P, Kodak 400 Tmax. #fortworthtx #historicfortworth #filmisnotdead #fortworthhistory

Today, we had the great pleasure of hearing from Marty Leonard who gave us her personal perspective of Fort Worth history and development.

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Follow the link to learn more about the "Sugar Rush" event and book your tickets with @kidswhocare ! We will be hosting the event this Sunday. Not only can you support a great cause, but what a wonderful opportunity to see the historic Ashton Depot!!
Kid Friendly + Adult Beverages = a Fantastic Event!! http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07eep9o218bedf8ab3&llr=hoiicjbab #theashtondepot #theashtondepotcateringandevents #history #historicvenue #fortworthevents #weddingvenue #fortworthcaterer #fortworthhistory #fortworth #traindepot #fortworthweddings

A Christmas tree delivery headed to Fort Worth’s Burnett Park in 1951 stops at Ridglea Texaco Service Station. Note the uniformed attendants servicing the cars. Fill’er up!
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Article in the local paper!! This should be good!! Heard they were going to #restore the original projector as well. Cant wait to he able to snap some pics of my impala here!! #newisis #fortworthtexas #historicfortworth #thembricks #northmainstreet #northside #817 #dfw #northtexas #texas #fortworthhistory

Come in and meet the author of Lost Restaurants of Fort Worth! Tomorrow from 1-4pm. In dealer 1983's booth by the main counter. .
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Street Photographers:
Willie Mae Greer, with two friends on Houston Street back in 1942. All three were “Rosie the Riveters” at Convair. They worked on the P-51 Mustang Fighter. The photo was taken by a FW street photographer. According to the note left on the photo they were headed to Leonard’s to buy a dress for her as she had a date with a man named Larry Lenz. With women like these working hard making planes, no wonder we won the war!
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Check this out! The picture, not the girls! The man in the back has that covered. Ha! Another street photographer, this time found snapping away in the Stockyards during the 1950s. So grateful for shots like this that take us back in time. Some things never change.
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Holiday season is upon us! Not sure what to do for that seasonal party this year? Follow us on Snapchat, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter to discover what the Ashton Depot has planned!! #theashtondepot #theashtondepotcateringandevents #history #historicvenue #fortworthevents #weddingvenue #fortworthcaterer #fortworthhistory #fortworth #traindepot #fortworthweddings

Loved meeting Celestina Blok TCU '02 and author of Lost Restaurants of Fort Worth. As a child, my parents took me to many memorable places featured in her book. It's how I learned to make conversation with grown ups, etiquette and table manners. I also became an expert in Shirley Temple tasting. What a treasure this book is and a perfect gift for all who love Fort Worth!
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December in Fort Worth! 🌱
(aka tamale season!) and memories of the tree that caught all of Fort Worth’s attention because it sat alone on a hill, often silhouetted against the setting sun for motorists driving west 🌅🌇
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For 31 years since 1986, this crooked little tree on state property atop a hill was always decorated at the holidays.
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First by workers at a nearby insurance office and then by volunteers who made it a symbol for those homeless or forgotten during the holidays✨
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Truly a tree that will go down in history.
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Move over, Rockefeller 🎄
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The Interurban:
The Northern Traction Company of Fort Worth was given permission to extend rails and service to Dallas for Interurban electric rail service in 1901. By 1902, the 40 passenger Interurban cars would transverse the thirty-five miles between the two cities in slightly over an hour. The cars would stop anywhere along the route when flagged down by prospective riders. Power for the system was provided by an electric generator in Handley with water for the plant provided by Lake Erie. As dirt and gravel roads were paved over between the two cities in the 1930’s ridership on the Interurban declined resulting in the last run on Christmas Eve in 1934.
The Handley generation plant changes it water supply to Lake Arlington in 1956 after that lake was built Lake Erie was drained.

Pic 1 - The Interurban by the courthouse, zoom in to the right.
Pic 2 & 3 - Fully restored “Interurban Car 25” sitting at Fort Worth’s Intermodal Transportation Center. Note the luxurious velour seats in the front of the car, with the back half for smoking having leather seats. Worth the visit!
Pic 4 - Coins like these were used for fare on the Interurban. They continued to be minted and used for city bus fare until recently.
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Christmas shoppers rush home with their treasures but first they must board the M&O Subway. The Leonard shoppers have their arms full and await the subway to ride back to the parking lot. First of its kind, the Leonard’s privately owned subway helped with limited parking around the store. I love that Santa dawning the front!
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Christmas shoppers rush home with their treasures but first they must board the M&O Subway. The Leonard shoppers have their arms full and await the subway to ride back to the parking lot. First of its kind, the Leonard’s privately owned subway helped with limited parking around the store. I love that Santa dawning the front!
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A great moment in making Fort Worth history happened at Bass Performance Hall last night, 11/28/17. Three big music entertainers came together for The Texas Hurricane Harvey Relief concert. Leading the way was Lyle Lovett with his captivating unique vocals and amazing guitar skills. Then Clint Black’s lively performance showcasing his wife, Lisa Hartman and his daughter. Ending with Don Henley and his killer band grabbing songs of our youth and helping us relive some old memories. The three ended a nearly four hour show singing a fabulous rendition of Please Come Home for Christmas and one other dear to Texans, Deep In The Heart of Texas. Bass Hall rang proud as the crowd sang loudly and shared in the signature clap of the song. A perfect ending of a benefit to help so many.
Pic 1 and 2 - From the show. (StarTelegram Mfalknerphotog/@jnievesphotographytx)
Pic 3 - Bass Hall as seen from Bird Cafe.
Pic 4 - Running into Fort Worth’s beloved photographer, Brian Luenser was the icing on the cake!
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1893, Fort Worth Stockyards 🐄🥩
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The arrival of railroads in 1876 made this area a very important livestock center. Fort Worth Union Stockyards opened for business on January 19, 1890, covering 206 acres.
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On February 7, the Fort Worth Dressed Meat and Packing Company was founded. This facility was operated without profit until purchased by G. W. Simpson of Boston.
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In an effort to produce revenue, they reached out to the Swift and Armour companies to establish packing houses.
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By 1907, the Stockyards sold a million cattle per year. The stockyards was an organized place where cattle, sheep, and hogs could be bought, sold and slaughtered.
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Fort Worth remained an important part of the cattle industry until the 1950s. Business suffered due to livestock auctions held closer to where the livestock were originally produced.
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The Fort Worth Stockyards now celebrates Fort Worth's long tradition as a part of the cattle industry and was listed on the National Register as a historical district in 1976. The listing included 46 contributing buildings and one other contributing structure.
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Today, the stockyards consist of mainly entertainment and shopping venues that reflect the ‘Cowtown’ heritage of Fort Worth.
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Nothing better than Fort Worth streets decorated for Christmas. Leonard's Department Store greets it's shoppers decked out in bright green and red lit Christmas trees. #fortworth #deckedinholidaystyle #Texas #leonardsdepartmentstore #vintage #christmas #streetscenes #tarrantcounty #memoriesoffortworth #fortworthhistory #fortworthyhistory #instadfw

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It's 1957 and you are standing on the upper level of the Kress & Co. building looking down over the sales floor. Look to the right at the lunch counter. Across the aisle is the candy counter. Take a whiff, you may smell freshly popped popcorn. This store looks like it is hands on. Self serve shopping!! Zoom in to view more details. An unusual store in that it stretched from Main St. to Houston St. with entrances on both sides.
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Happy Thanksgiving, Ags! #tbt #aggies #fwtcaggies #Repost @fortworthhistorical (@get_repost)
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November 24, 1951, Thanksgiving Day Parade, 7th street, Fort Worth, Texas 🦃✨
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Let me just quickly say that I am thankful for that Hollywood sign. Also, you guys. Awww.
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NOW LETS EAT!!!🍽
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November 24, 1951, Thanksgiving Day Parade, 7th street, Fort Worth, Texas 🦃✨
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Let me just quickly say that I am thankful for that Hollywood sign. Also, you guys. Awww.
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NOW LETS EAT!!!🍽
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President Kennedy shakes hands with a Tarrant County deputy sheriff following his speech in the parking lot of Hotel Texas in Fort Worth on this day in 1963. Kennedy made his fateful visit to Dallas later that day.⠀

‘Cow Girls at Fort Worth Rodeo’ 🐎c. 1930
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Ladies from left to right:
Mabel Strickland
Fox Hastings
Ruth Roach
Florence Hughs
Bea Kirnan
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Last night while with my family at the Parade of Lights I thought about this old sign photo. We stood about where it was taken (circa late 80’s). Monnig’s was a large downtown department store doing business the same time as Leonards, Sears and Montgomery Wards. All are gone and Monnigs is a parking lot. The two buildings in the background are still standing. Who knows the cross streets?? #downtownfortworth #fortworth #fortworthhistory #leonards #oldneon #signs #neonsign #manshop #antiquesign #ftworthtx #cowtown #blackandwhite #monnigs #fortworthtx #fortworthtexas

The Shamrock Building at 515 Main Street. You know it as Jake’s. This building was constructed around 1900, but the exact date and architect are unknown. This is also another good example of how not to remodel a Victorian building. At some point in time, a layer of stucco was applied to the red brick and cast stone facade. At least, most of the original architectural details remain. Over the years, the Shamrock Building has housed numerous businesses and restaurants such as J.H.Greer Jewelers pictured. Jake's Old Fashioned Hamburgers is the ground floor tenant with a 5,000 square foot restaurant. This downtown restaurant features a mezzanine added into the space for additional dining. This property was one of the first to be redeveloped adjacent to Sundance Square. Fort Worth Architecture share/Jack White Photography/UTA Archives
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I recently had the privilege of viewing a private collection at Morning Star, formerly XTO and the old Star Telegram building, on 7th Street. So many amazing pieces there. Today I wanted to share this piece of history. Amon G. Carter’s (Mr. Fort Worth himself)1903 Cadillac Runabout, the first Cadillac model produced. On Armistice Day 1925 the car was loaded for a parade through Fort Worth. Will Rogers (Amon’s close friend) and driver, Isham Taylor sat in front with Amon G. Carter and Baseball Hall of famer, Tris Speaker. Even an old coonhound jumped in. ~~~
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So many exciting gems popping up @o.b.mac Do you have your ticket for the grand opening? Join us this Saturday 6-9pm as we debut the transformation of this historic building, and enjoy live music and treats from our wonderful friends @craftworkcoffeeco @texmalt @wdurablegoods and @melticecreams We look forward to sharing this project with you all! Runner cred: @mariellguz

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A freeway offramp and overpass stands where this place had fed many.

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The Bigboy was stolen and hoisted over the roof and into the inner courtyard at Richland High in 1986.

Which door will you enter? Sundance Square’s Burk Burnett building at 500 Main Street. Go through the door on the right for a step back in time to 1952. You would be visiting Guaranty Abstract Co. and Southwest Printing & Letter Co. Choose the door on the left to enter now day Worthington National Bank. This Neoclassical building was built in 1914 by Sanguinet & Staats. It was declared a skyscraper with twelve floors at the time. Added to National Register of Historic Places in 1980. Such a gorgeous building standing proud today as part of the footprint of our city’s past.
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The Land & Title building: Pioneer architects Haggart and Sanguinet designed this brick, sandstone and cast iron building with rounded arched windows and other ornate details. It featured the first known stone carving in Fort Worth, the figure of an owl, and displayed the initials of the lawyers Ross, Head and Ross, who occupied the second floor, above the title firm. The structure is architecturally important because its style was rare in this region when it was built in 1889.
Over the years, it has housed the Land Mortgage Bank, the Chamberlain Investment Co. ­–­­ the company that developed Arlington Heights in west Fort Worth – and the Flying Saucer Beer Emporium. Currently home to Bird Cafe.
Bottom picture from 1973.
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Fannie Raglands Dress Shop at 726 N. Sylvania St. #fortworth . The corner of Race St. and Sylvainia has transformed itself many times but when I was much younger, it was a bunch of neon fronted small business. My Dad had a shop down the street.

I have no idea what year - late 80’s.
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To our Veterans we offer many thanks for your service and dedication to our country.
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A parade of soldiers from Camp Bowie training base walk the streets for the biggest review of troops this city has seen. Through downtown Fort Worth the men marched in order in 1918. It lasted four hours and drew a crowd estimated at 225,000.
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Took this photo in 1986 when the neon worked. Also the giant tree that buries the sign today was newly planted.

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The 1936 Frontier Centennial brought more than the typical family amusement of a fair to Fort Worth. Amon Carter wanted a lure of another kind in his town’s celebration. At the time Sally Rand was making news all over the U.S. with her show and ways of advertising. You know Sally, the lady who danced with nothing on but a bubble! She was known to turn heads and attract attention. Carter hired her to bring her show and eager spectators to the Frontier and that she did! Young women dressed in not much more than a hat, scarf, holster and boots began to entertain the masses in a burlesque show. Mind you these shows were tame by today standards, but at the time just enough to energize the libdo of men and women. I have read stories of Dad’s giving their children money for rides while they spent their time at the show. However, many a young boy found their favorite ride to be the ferris wheel. You see Sally Rand’s place had no roof, a ride on the ferris wheel next to her show would catch you a glimpse of the scantily clad women at work.
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Frontier Centennial Series:
July 18th, 1936 Fort Worth celebrates Texas centennial in their own way with Frontier Centennial. An amusement area spurred on by Amon Carter touting “Fort Worth for Entertainment, Dallas for Education.” He lured a crowd here with New York nightclub owner, Broadway producer and entertainer extraordinaire, Billy Rose. Billy would coordinate the project, being promised $100,000 during the midst of the great depression. Billy already had a hit circus musical called “Jumbo” on stage and he would bring this show to Fort Worth as one of the attractions. He would build the first of the expedition buildings for this show. Built in the round to look like a circus tent, it only had two sets of double doors with no other ventilation. With the hot Texas heat, temps inside would raise to 112 degrees. The two hour show was soon cut to one hour. Crowds continued to pour in but in early fall of 1936 Jumbo would close to only filling 2/3 audience capacity. See pictured Rosie, the elephant star with her companion great dane, Astor the Third, and owner Captain Rudy.
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Frontier Centennial Series:
Fort Worth’s Texas Centennial exposition, the Frontier Centennial, opened to big crowds on July 18, 1936. The complex was completed on the old K.M. Van Zandt farm, in today’s museum district, in less than four months. Initially intended to be a simple pioneer days celebration, the scope of the festivities blossomed as planners, desiring to lure more tourist dollars from the neighboring official Texas Centennial in Dallas, hired New York nightclub owner and occasional Broadway producer Billy Rose to coordinate the project. The centerpiece was Casa Mañana, a 4,000 seat outdoor café-amphitheater where Rose staged his “Frontier Follies.” Theater patrons entered the pavilion through an arched facade and found their table amidst nineteen tiers of seating where they could dine and watch the show. Casa Mañana’s revolving stage, said to be the largest in the world (130 feet in diameter), appeared to float in a lagoon. Canals leading to the pool opened with drawbridges and ended in large turning basins. Geysers and fountains dramatically enhanced the stage productions. The revolving stage, with its permanent theatrical set, twin bandstands, and dressing rooms, weighed over 4.3 million pounds and required enormous motors to move. Casa Mañana, pictured here in 1936, closed after its 1939 season. Efforts were made in 1940 and 1941 to reopen the theater, but being quickly built and never intended to be permanent, it was in poor condition. World War II sealed its fate; demolition began on May 11, 1942. During the ten week dismantling, hundreds of people came to pay tribute to the landmark. All that remained of the former showpiece was the rusting steel skeleton of the revolving stage. On July 5, 1958, the new Casa Mañana, an 1,805 seat theater-in-the-round, opened on a site just north of its predecessor. (UTA Archives)
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It’s that time of year again! Check out our s’mores bar and don’t forget to add it to your next event!! #smores #theashtondepot #theashtondepotcateringandevents #history #historicvenue #fortworthevents #weddingvenue #fortworthcaterer #fortworthhistory #fortworth #traindepot #fortworthweddings

Frontier Centennial Series: July 1936 F.D.Roosevelt remotely cuts the ribbon for the opening of the TEXAS FRONTIER CENTENNIAL.
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The Texas Frontier Centennial, Fort Worth's special observance of the Texas Centennial, was planned to portray the culture and atmosphere of the old frontier. It was sponsored by Amon G. Carter and a board of control and financed by a local bond drive. Billy Rose of New York was employed to stage the entertainment. The spectacle covered 162 acres and cost $5 million. The Old West lived again in Frontier Village, in which Sunset Trail was lined with livery stables, general stores, an old church, and other buildings typical of the 1870s to 1890s. A railroad train with wood-burning locomotive and wooden coaches demonstrated transportation of the same period. Exhibits included Sally Rand's Nude Ranch, Jumbo (a musical circus), the Pioneer Palace (a restaurant and dance hall for presentation of burlesque shows and square dances.) The most publicized part of the celebration was Casa Mañana, "the House of Tomorrow," an open air venue in which seats and tables accommodated 3,500 spectators facing a revolving stage on which Billy Rose presented his musical show. The musical show's theme was the historical development shown in four world's fairs: the St. Louis Fair of 1904, the Paris Fair of 1925, the Chicago Fair of 1934, and the Texas Centennial of 1936. So popular was the celebration that it was presented again in 1937. This was an idea that came from Amon G. Carter when Dallas/Fair Park won the Texas Centennial Exposition for '36. Amon's thoughts, "We can't have Dallas out shining Fort Worth."
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