City of Fort Worth

City Of Fort Worth

  • <p>Main and 8th Streets, 1930 (Tarrant County College District Archives, Fort Worth, Texas)</p> <p>Busy city street labeled Main and 8th</p>
  • <p>Leonard’s Farm Store on Camp Bowie Blvd. (Boston Public Library)</p> <p>Colorized postcard of two storey building with large paned windows on both floors with sign Leonard’s Farm Store and tractors out front</p>
  • <p>Will Rogers Memorial Center (Cattle Raisers Museum, Fort Worth, Texas)</p> <p>Municipal building with large tower in front</p>
  • <p>Pecan Grove Filling Station, Hwy 80 between Ft. Worth and Arlington (Tarrant County Archives)</p> <p>man standing in front of a wood frame building with covered driveway and four gas pumps and sign saying Pecan Grove Filling Station, Magnolia Petroleum Company</p>
  • <p>Westmoor Courts, Hwy. 80 (Boston Public Library)</p> <p>Colorized postcard of a row of cabins with a clubhouse labeled Westmoor Courts (Where the West and Rest Begins) Highway 80 west of the city. Fort Worth, Texas</p>

Fort Worth

Fort Worth, once known as “Queen City of the Prairie,” developed as a small frontier outpost during the 1850s, and became the Tarrant County seat in 1860. The arrival of numerous transportation modes and routes, from stage lines to railroads, during the last quarter of the twentieth century made Fort Worth a major hub. In 1920, the Bankhead Highway was rerouted to pass next to the new Army installation, Camp Bowie. The construction of brick paved Camp Bowie Boulevard, eventually lined with restaurants, motels, and gas stations, marked the beginning of the auto-tourism era. In 1957, the Dallas-Fort Worth Turnpike was constructed north of the Bankhead Highway, diverting traffic away from the historic route and sparing the thoroughfare from later development, leaving its auto-related buildings from the highway’s heyday intact. While you’re in town take a detour across town and release your inner cowboy at the historic Fort Worth Stockyards, where cattle drives are a daily event.

  • <p>Camp Bowie Boulevard</p> <p>Brick lined boulevard with grassy median</p>
  • <p>Camp Bowie Boulevard, 1927 (Fort Worth Public Library Archives)</p> <p>Boulevard with train tracks and lamp posts in median</p>

Camp Bowie Boulevard, 3100-5300 Camp Bowie Blvd.

The main route on the west side of town, its original grassy medians separate sections of brick paving lined with historic gas stations, restaurants, and motels. Be sure not to miss the boulevard’s mosaic tile street names embedded into the curbing.

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