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#1 detail larry

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Posted 09 July 2013 - 10:39 AM

Chevy had a plant here also at 2600 west 7th street , in 1917 and 1918 they built thousands of a model "four ninety " ready to sell . Camp Bowie had lots of customers ready to buy . These cars sold for 490.00if you wanted lights and electric starter it was 60.00 extra.

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Posted 09 July 2013 - 02:52 PM

Years ago the company I worked for did some surveying on tracts of land that became part of the So7 development. The senior surveyor on the project talked about this plant while the rest of us "young-uns" looked on in disbelief. "No, the GM plant is in Arlington..." He finally convinced us but I've never seen any photos of the plant or the surrounding area from that time. That's surely a sight to see. 



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Posted 09 July 2013 - 03:49 PM

Back in the day, a lot of cars were delivered as kits and final assembled right at the dealer. This was probably a step up in quality; they probably received kits from Detroit and did the final assembly so the local dealers didn't have to.
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Posted 09 July 2013 - 03:58 PM

We worked around it at Dunaway Associates when I worked on S07 back in the early 2000s. Also, the peanut silos which I think were owned by the Leonards.


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Posted 09 July 2013 - 04:14 PM

According to Historicaerials.com, it was demolished in the 1980's.  I remember the building, and I was hoping the Jack White Collection had some photographs, but I couldn't find any.



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Posted 09 July 2013 - 04:18 PM

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Posted 09 July 2013 - 06:36 PM

Here's another twist to the story and I have the documentation to prove it . There was a flood in 1922 , g m moved out and rented the building to Montgomery Wards . Wards moved into the building and operated until their building was completed in 1928 right across the street . How about that !

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Posted 09 July 2013 - 07:25 PM

I have a photo of the Chevy plant posted on my Facebook account under Larry Oneal or classic auto detail shop , check it out .

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Posted 09 July 2013 - 08:12 PM

Larry, the moves that Montgomery Ward made through Fort Worth have been documented within the building pages of Architecture in Fort Worth.  The only difference is that I have the date of 1921 as to when they left downtown and moved into the Chevy Plant on West 7th.



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Posted 09 July 2013 - 08:29 PM

John somewhere in my material I either have a photo or paper documentation , on when the move was . I will look tomorrow .

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Posted 09 July 2013 - 08:34 PM

It wouldn't surprise me if it was 1922.  I have found that some of my sources are slightly "off" on dates.



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Posted 09 July 2013 - 08:51 PM

Well I think that you are going to be correct , what I think happened is that the building sat empty for a few years , still in the name of General Motors and then in 1925 or 1926 Montgomery Wards Made A deal to lease the building . Some where I have a copy of the lease .

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Posted 12 July 2013 - 07:55 PM

John , I researched my records , and from a star telegram full page ad that Montgomery wards published , it's says Montgomery wards growth with Fort Worth : 801 grove street 1911 to 1924 , Chevrolet building west 7th street , July 24 , 1924 to July 1928 , then 2600 west 7th street sept 30 , 1928 to present . This was an ad in the Sunday oct 30 ,1949 paper, page 40 .

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Posted 12 July 2013 - 08:35 PM

Thanks.  I will make the corrections in the building listings on the main part of the site.






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