The name first appeared in the local newspaper in 1874, but by that time the district was already well established on the lower end of town, where it was the first thing the trail drivers saw as they approached the town from the south. I think this is a must listen to for anyone interested in history, old west history, Texas history, Ft. The little village on the Trinity has grown up to become a global city that is a melting pot of economic forces and diverse cultures. They wore badges, but did not always represent the best of law and order. There were many firsts, many fails, and many lessons learned but Ft. I learned about some of the older history of my hometown that I didn't know.
Excluded from the business end of town and the nicer residential areas, Fort Worth's black citizens, who numbered some 7,000 out of a total population of 50,000 around 1900, settled into the south end of town. Yet certain businessmen placed a newspaper advertisement arguing that such legal restrictions in Hell's Half Acre would curtail the legitimate business activities there. But the drama that is Fort Worth history contains other, less famous characters who played important roles, like Judge James Swayne, Madam Mary Porter, and Marshal Sam Farmer: well known enough in their day but since forgotten. I love the Stockyards and it hasn't changed much. A native Texan, Edmondson graduated from Fort Worth Country Day School. Though some joined in the profitable vice trade to run, for instance, the Black Elephant Saloon , many others found legitimate work and bought homes.
In a sensational trial lasting a month, Norris was charged with perjury and arson in connection with the two fires. At its most basic, Fort Worth's history is the story of leadership, of how men and women of vision built a flourishing community at a river crossing on the north Texas plains. The jury is still out on whether they shaped their times or merely reflected those times. A month later the arsonists succeeded in burning down the parsonage. This time was a rapidly changing time in the West. A Fort Worth resident and architectural historian, she has a special interest in both historic preservation and photography and the ways in which photography enriches our understanding of the built environment. At one time or another reform-minded mayors like H.
When Luke Short operated a gambling room in Fort Worth, he always took care of any of his dealers for illegal gambling. Short was in a shootout with Jim Courtright, which left Courtright dead. Although Texas was a organized state, New Mexico and Oklahoma were territories. The reader is left with a desire to additional follow-up to the stories in the book's too-short Epilogue. She has placed twice in the Byline Writing Contests. A really, really great job. As general manager of the Texas Sesquicentennial Wagon Train, he traveled the state during the six-month, 3,000-mile trip around Texas in 1986.
For more information go to: If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond fair use, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner. If they did not all make history, they certainly lived in historic times. From north to south, it covered that area from Seventh Street down to Fifteenth or Front Street. This book helps to put a modern face on Fort Worth, move it out of the shadow of Dallas, and place it firmly in the twenty-first century. Even the new category of vehicular homicide claimed a lawman's life. Fort Worth's central location on the Trinity River allowed it to cash in on the cattle boom. We cover 213 counties, which is roughly 96% of the producing counties in Texas.
However, in any case where legal reliance on information contained in these pages is required, the official records of Tarrant County should be consulted. Not counting the two officers who died of natural causes meningitis and drowning , these are more tales of murder, mayhem, and dirty work from all branches of local law enforcement: police, sheriff's deputies, constables, and special officers, just like in Volume 1. Selcer - Professor Selcer holds the Ph. But this is a good starting point. I would be interested in other cities histories as well but this one is home.
These boundaries, which were never formally recognized, represented the maximum area covered by the Acre, around 1900. He speaks clearly, keeps a perfect pace, and has a nice tone and quality in his voice. Is a flourishing red-light district a rite of passage for every town? Only those looking for trouble or excitement ventured into the Acre. But the drama that is Fort Worth history contains other, less famous characters who played important roles, Fort Worth history is far more than the handful of familiar names that every true-blue Fort Worther hears growing up: leaders such as Amon Carter, B. If you use an older or unsupported browser, you might notice that some features do not function properly. The city is a gem.
He is an attorney currently serving as General Counsel and Director of Gift Planning at Texas Wesleyan University, from which he graduated with degrees in theater and law. She has lectured at T. None of these descriptions quite tells the story of this city and its people. Please make a donation today to preserve the most comprehensive encyclopedic resource on Texas history. Forensics science changed how crimes were solved, even if they were solved. The book is illustrated with many historic photographs, including: a pair of Wichita Indians; Main Street in old Fort Worth; the current Tarrant County Courthouse, under construction in 1895; Fort Worth Medical College, opening in 1893 as just the third medical school in Texas; Fort Worth's Meacham Field in its early years ca.