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#1 detail larry

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Posted 16 June 2012 - 05:18 PM

ive heard that their is activity , besides redoing the boat , like the park , bath house , etc , etc . iam available for helping with this project.if someone can put me in touch , with the group or individual who is moving on this.......

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 07:54 AM

Patterson Equity Partners Ltd. of Arlington rolled out plans for a concert amphitheater, boardwalk, shops, restaurants, carnival even a Ferris wheel to be developed under the entity Casino Beach Partners LLC.

From the Fort Worth Business Press:

http://www.fwbusines...ctionID=152&S=1

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 07:58 AM

There is already a Fort Worth Forum Thread on the redevelopment in the Commercial Forum:
[url="http://www.fortwortharchitecture.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=4850&st=0&p=70428&hl="casino%20beach"&fromsearch=1&#entry70428"]http://www.fortwortharchitecture.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=4850&st=0&p=70428&hl="casino%20beach"&fromsearch=1&#entry70428[/url]

Maybe the threads should be merged?

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Posted 18 June 2012 - 08:55 AM

wow , thats neat , i will gret in touch with them i have a lot of memoriablia from the olod boardwalk , dance hall and pavilion, etc .

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Posted 18 June 2012 - 01:49 PM

My mother has a framed picture of my grandparents and their best friends at the ballroom. I think it's from the late 40's. There is a cocktail napkin from the ballroom on the matte next to the picture.

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Posted 18 June 2012 - 02:53 PM

Here is a picture of and more information on the proposed development: http://fortworthtexa...t.aspx?id=98572

There is, by the way, one remnant of Casino Beach's 1930s glory days still standing: the tall metal tower for the power lines that go across the lake. It stands on the southwest portion of the park immediately to the northeast of where the old Nine Mile Bridge that you see in the FW Business Press photo used to be. To see where the bridge used to go, look on Google Maps on the opposite short of the lake for Ranch Road which is what led to the bridge. A house has since been built blocking lake access to the road. Anyhow, I have seen vintage photos of the area that show the electrical tower. If you look closely enough you can just make it out on the photo in the FW Business Press article. And I suppose it is possible that the tower could significantly pre-date the Casino Beach resort. There are some vintage metal electrical towers northeast of downtown that I have heard are supposedly from the 1910s. I don't know enough about them to be able to guess their date by looking at them. But the lake dates to 1914 and my understanding is that a municipal beach was established on the site in 1916. My guess is electrical service would have been extended to serve it. Not sure if there are plans to replace the electrical lines. But I do think it would be cool to preserve the tower in at least some form as the one remnant of the old resort that is still standing.
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Posted 18 June 2012 - 05:50 PM

wow how neat
!!! you are really into the old music . one of my customers is vrobert broyles . his dad was curly broyles, i think he took over the old tommy dorsey band .

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Posted 19 June 2012 - 01:23 PM

Dismuke is right that the electric tower was erected to carry power across the lake to the new Bathing Beach and Pavilion. The beach formally opened for visitors in the summer of 1917 and was dramatically expanded in 1927 to include a boardwalk, one of the largest roller coasters in the country at the time, the "Thriller," and a dance pavilion that could accomodate 1,000 couples. A fire in 1929 destroyed the boardwak, dance hall and a small zoo, but the complex was rebuilt in time for the 1930 season. Of all the improvements built at Casino Beach over the years, only the tower remains. I, too, hope it will stay as a reminder of the early years at Lake Worth, which turns 100 in 2014. With dredging set to begin this year, and plans for park improvements, bike access and public amenities, the lake is poised to emerge as Fort Worth's central park. It's exciting to see Casino Beach come alive again as part of the renewed focus on the lake.

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Posted 20 June 2012 - 12:23 PM

wow how neat
!!! you are really into the old music . one of my customers is vrobert broyles . his dad was curly broyles, i think he took over the old tommy dorsey band .



Oh, yes - the old music has been a passion of mine ever since I was a child. I was not familiar with Curly Broyles. But I did find some interesting biographical information about him through a google search. See http://www.musicians...ol16Issue2c.pdf (PDF file - scroll to page 7) The article mentions that he performed at the Lake Worth Casino Ballroom.
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Posted 20 June 2012 - 12:30 PM

Of all the improvements built at Casino Beach over the years, only the tower remains. I, too, hope it will stay as a reminder of the early years at Lake Worth, which turns 100 in 2014.


Might be interesting to explicitly incorporate it into the new development - perhaps by lighting it up at night in some way. There is another tower on the opposite shore as well. Not sure how lighting the second tower would sit with homeowners over there. Perhaps they could even suspend some sort of vintage-looking sign from a wire between the towers - something to the effect of "Welcome to Casino Beach" that could also be lit up at night. Something like that would raise the visibility of both the towers and the development.
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Posted 20 June 2012 - 05:17 PM

I'm guessing the towers are still there because they are in use. I would imagine any efforts involving same would require approval from Oncor.
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