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Posted 07 September 2006 - 04:06 PM

Texas Ice & Refrigerating Co. 1109 Jones Street, Fort Worth, Texas, c1935. This photo is looking South on Jones Street. (See previous post showing this location looking north).

This photo shows the Fruits & Produce Terminal building. Railroad cars and trucks brought fruits and produce from the farm producers here for wholesale distribution to the city of Fort Worth. Across the street was also the Farmers Market where small production farmers brought their produce to sell also. (See Farmers Market photo in previous post)

Offices for the Texas Ice & Refrigerating Co. were upstairs as well as offices for wholesale produce brokers. These offices looked like the ones you would see in the old movies with Sam Spade Private Investigator painted on the translucent glass door and office windows. Long hallway with mysterious doors painted "Private". It was sort of creepy in the late afternoon and night when all was quiet.

During the day, this street was very busy with a lot of truck traffic. This was one of the largest centers of commodities commerce for Fort Worth in it's time. Deliveries and distribution to Fort Worth's restaurants, grocery stores as well as some to even Dallas if they wanted the best.

Looking farther south, the next large distant building is the Santa Fe Railway Freight Terminal building. Perhaps you can see it adjacent to the Santa Fe Railway Passenger Terminal.

What is located at the old Fruits and Produce building today? Walk into the Bus Parking area of the Trinity Railway Express (TRE) Station and you will be standing were these buildings are in the photo. (You can see a photo of the TRE station elsewhere in this forum. )

This building was sold in the early 1970s and demolished soon after. It was a public parking lot for many years.


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