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#1 pmburk

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Posted 17 August 2005 - 01:51 PM

I love weird history, so I'm interested in learning more about "infamous" locations here in Fort Worth. Murder scenes, rumored haunts, former speakeasies or brothels - you get the idea!

Off the top of my head, the only ones I can think of are the obvious Davis mansion on Stonegate, and the Clark house on Winton Terrace.

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Posted 17 August 2005 - 01:54 PM

What happened at the Clark house?

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Posted 17 August 2005 - 02:02 PM

In the mid-1950s, a man was murdered in the upstairs dressing room of the house. His wife, Mary Clark, was tried but acquitted. The two men who supposedly were hired by Mary were also killed. It was a huge, sensational trial at the time. His wife remained in the house after his death, up until fairly recently. I believe the house is vacant at this time.

It is in the book "Gamblers and Gangsters." I have a little bit of inside info on it because the company I work for played a small part in the murder trial.

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Posted 17 August 2005 - 05:21 PM

ive never heard of the clark house...interesting..i know they blew up a guy over off skyline drive but it didnt kill him..that was back in the 50's i think

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Posted 17 August 2005 - 09:14 PM

Supposedly the Downtown Market on 8th and Throck is haunted upstairs. The shop owners do confirm, but I have not seen for my own 2 I's. Joe's hat place may have the same situation too, but in the basement.
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Posted 17 August 2005 - 10:39 PM

There are lots of interesting things to add here...

The murder of Karen Koslow in the early or mid 90's took place in a relatively newer home in River Crest. Everyone suspected her husband, but it turned out that her daughter, a senior at AHHS, had promised two friends part of her inheritance to kill her step-mom. They're all spending the rest of their lives in jail.

Haunted places:

Fort Worth - Red Lobster on Hulen St. - Mainly seen in the kitchen a ghost of a girl likes to tease the cooks. At night employees have seen her walking the restaurant.
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Fort Worth - Lake Worth - Witnesses say at night you can see a woman out on a boat looking for her lost children with a lantern. I know right where this area is at and it feels "evil" to begin with.
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Fort Worth - Old Opera House - Some people have said that the Opera House right out side of Fort Worth is haunted. They don't know who it is but some people have said that you can hear screaming every once in a while
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Fort Worth-Peters Bros. Hats 909 Houston
The ghost of Tom Peters moves hats around. When they acquired the space of the former pizzeria, they may have acquired the ghost of the dishwasher, Jack Martin. Jack would baptize new employees with a good spray from the dishwasher.
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Fort Worth-Castleberry High School
Students say that the building was built on an old Indian burial ground. According to the rumor, if you go up the flight of steps that leads to the roof, you will hear voices that do not belong to anyone living.
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Fort Worth-Barbers Bookstore
Ghostly footsteps. Sounds of pages being turned, strange shadows on staircase and an apparition on the second floor are also reported. Building is now an antique store. The current owners are very open about the ghost and are willing to let people in to "look" for the apparition.
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Ft Worth Stockyards- General Store
In the Ft. Worth Stockyards - sister store of the Maverick. The first floors have been remodeled, but the second floor is the same as it was a hundred years ago. NOTE: Nearly every building in the Stockyards has a ghost story.
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Ft Worth Stockyards- The Maverick
A ghostly woman leaves roses upstairs.
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Ft Worth Stockyards - Miss Molly's
This former bordello has had a few apparitions spotted within its walls.
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Ft Worth Stockyards - Spaghetti Warehouse
Haunted by at least 4 separate ghost. A small girl in the bathroom that turns on water, flushes toilets, and scatters paper towels. A woman in white that can be seen on the balcony late at night. A old cowboy, that throws glasses and knocks over stools. The third floor is haunted by a woman who was killed during a fire. You can still see the fire marks.
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Ft Worth - Thistle Hill
Two apparitions have been reported - a lady in white appears on the grand staircase, and a gentleman wearing tennis clothes shows up at the top of the stairs. Music has been heard coming from the ballroom, and ghostly voices have been heard as well.
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Fort Worth - Scott Theatre -
A janitor apparently hanged himself from a pipe in the basement of this theater. His ghost seems to spend most of time in the strange corridor filled basement where he died. A wardrobe woman was so frightened one night by cackling coming from the stage, that she left and never returned.
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Ft. Worth-Del Frisco's Steakhouse-
The downstairs banquet room/wine cellar is haunted. In the 1800's, this area of Ft. Worth was known as "Hell's Half Acre" because of its numerous saloons, brothels and gambling halls. The building that now is home to Del Frisco's Steakhouse was a bathhouse. A man was bathing when he was shot in the back of his head. The spirit roams from the banquet room to the upstairs bar and back again.
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Ft Worth- Jett Building Downtown
Currently houses "Jamba Juice". Footsteps have been heard on the upper floors.
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Ft Worth- Log Cabin Village
Over-powering presences in an upstairs bedroom, the smell of lilacs, and a female apparition have been reported in the Foster Cabin.
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Ft Worth- Mistletoe Heights Home
A singing female spirit in an ivory blouse has been reported here.

Source: http://www.carltodd....ter/haunted.htm

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Posted 17 August 2005 - 10:51 PM

Fort Worth-Peters Bros. Hats 909 Houston
The ghost of Tom Peters moves hats around. When they acquired the space of the former pizzeria, they may have acquired the ghost of the dishwasher, Jack Martin. Jack would baptize new employees with a good spray from the dishwasher.


That place is what I meant by Joe's place. Joe, the current owner of Peters Bros. Hats. Great guy to know and he will tell you the story and why it is a blessing.


Fort Worth-Barbers Bookstore
Ghostly footsteps. Sounds of pages being turned, strange shadows on staircase and an apparition on the second floor are also reported. Building is now an antique store. The current owners are very open about the ghost and are willing to let people in to "look" for the apparition.


That is where the Downtown Market people will be happy to show you the floor. They have seen or heard it before. Another great family business to know in DTFW.
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Posted 18 August 2005 - 05:49 PM

In the1980's, I used to live in an old brothel that served the airman of Camp Bowie during WWI. The buildings are now apartments. They are on Modlin behind North Hi Mount elementary. No ghosts that I know of, but the idea was fun. I hope they are still there.

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Posted 18 August 2005 - 06:01 PM

Doesn't Lake Worth have that half man, half goat monster running around? Someone told me about it and I read it online about it too.
Here a link to something about a creature in Lake Worth:
Lake Worth Monster Link

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Posted 19 August 2005 - 07:57 AM

Alot of the stockyards are haunted.I know Star Cafe under Ms Mollys b&b is haunted..Ive experienced it. Also the radio station in dtfw is haunted..they talk about it on the air sometimes.

yes there is a supposed monster at Lake worth..ive never seen it...we use to go and look for it

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Posted 19 August 2005 - 11:17 AM

Ramjet, the old apartments are still there.

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Posted 19 August 2005 - 05:34 PM

Do ya'll have a Chupacabra? <_<
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Posted 19 August 2005 - 11:35 PM

I called the C&V Bureau. They said it's not a chupacabra -- It's a ChupaCOWbra.

In fact, beginning this fall the new FW Ad Campaign is going to be released...

"Cowboys and Creatures".

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Posted 20 August 2005 - 02:44 AM

August 10, 1982
Shore View Drive, Lake Worth
5 very violent and brutal murders that the suspect Larry Keith Robinson was executed for.
http://www.clarkpros.../robison607.htm

May 14, 1990
Luella @ IH 35 service road
Glass Key Lounge Murders
5 dead, 3 wounded during the robbery of a card game

July 1, 1992
Tarrant County courthouse shooting
George Lott opens fire on courtroom
2 dead, 2-3 wounded depending on what you read

Interesting Star-Telegram article on shootings at the courthouse
http://www.kansascit.../printstory.jsp

September 16, 1999
Wedgwood Baptist Church shooting
7 murders, one suicide

July 3, 1994
IH 20 near Weatherford
“Tired truckers created one of the bloodiest days ever on Texas highways, federal records show. On July 3, 1994, a tractor-trailer veered off a highway near Weatherford and rammed into the back of a family van with such force that the truck's front bumper reached the van's front seat. The van exploded into flames, killing 14 persons, most of them children.”

August 2, 1985
DFW Airport
Crash of Delta 191
136 dead

August 31, 1988
DFW Airport
Crash of Delta 1141
14 dead

May 30, 1972
DFW Airport
Crash of Delta 9570
4 dead

December 28, 2003
IH 20 in Benbrook
Fatality wreck. DWI driver causes wreck killing everyone else.
6 killed

Fort Worth PD Officers Killed in the Line of Duty (link)
http://www.fortworth...om/inmemory.htm

December 23, 1974
3 young girls go missing from Seminary South mall, they are never found.
http://www.missingtr.../TRIO/index.htm

August 2001
Terry Lee Hankins murders his estranged wife and her two kids in Mansfield. He later confesses and leads police to the bodies of his father and half-sister in Arlington that he had killed months before.
5 dead.

1968 (unknown exact date)
Freddie Lee McKenzie starts a fire in a Fort Worth nightclub that kills 8. I can’t find the exact location on this one.

Paranormal Events:
http://riptx.dns2go.com/texas.htm

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Posted 21 August 2005 - 03:15 AM

A downtown bar called "The Cellar" became very infamous back in the 60's when JFK's Secret Service body guards drank there till dawn the night before he was killed in Dallas. The Cellar was the home of Ft Worth counter culture and rock music scene until the mid seventies when the FW police dept. decided it was time to crack down on the goings on at the club. constant harrassment the local federales ran off the customers and the owner (Pat Kirkwood) was forced to shut the doors in the mid-seventies.

Here's a link to part of the Warren Report that talks about the cellar.
http://www.aarclibra...H18_CE_1020.pdf

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Posted 21 August 2005 - 12:29 PM

There is, of course, the OD Stevens house, 30 and Eastchase I believe. It has been talked about many times on the forum and is now a day care, but still an interesting history.

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Posted 21 August 2005 - 02:27 PM

One of my favorite "Infamous" sites in Fort Worth is the southeast corner of Hulen and I-20, formerly a larger lot when it was the corner of Hulen and Loop 820. Who knows or can remember what happened there?

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Posted 21 August 2005 - 02:33 PM

Alot of the stockyards are haunted.I know Star Cafe under Ms Mollys b&b is haunted..Ive experienced it.  Also the radio station in dtfw is haunted..they talk about it on the air sometimes.

yes there is a supposed monster at Lake worth..ive never seen it...we use to go and look for it

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We used to look for it too.

And we swore that we kinda saw it and it put up a tree to block the road so we couldn't pass.....

No need to go on with the story because I know now that we were just a bunch of drunk teenagers...

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Posted 21 August 2005 - 05:27 PM

for us..we never did see anything..we just freaked eachother out being there..hahahaha...it was good times though.....

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Posted 21 August 2005 - 10:06 PM

i guess you can add the water gardens, the people from chicago that drowned here was news that was all over the news all over the country. such a sad day that was :laugh:

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Posted 21 August 2005 - 10:17 PM

Wasn't there some articles about some Methodist guy or something who was hanged for being an abolitionist in the late 1800s? I think the tree was somewhere at White Settlement Road near Jacksboro Hwy, but not sure. I bet you could find the article if you looked in the Startlegram archives.

There was also a hanging tree out at the end of Samuels Avenue.
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Posted 21 August 2005 - 11:49 PM

Corner of IH 20 & Hulen? Are you talking about Coco's (now Denny's)? The restaurant where Cullen Davis supposedly met with his hitmen to set up the murder plot.

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Posted 22 August 2005 - 08:41 AM

Corner of IH 20 & Hulen? Are you talking about Coco's (now Denny's)? The restaurant where Cullen Davis supposedly met with his hitmen to set up the murder plot.


And where he was arrested by the FBI on the charge of conspiracy to commit murder by hire. The father of a guy I went to high school with was the arresting agent.

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Posted 22 August 2005 - 08:35 PM

Apparently he liked his eggs POACHED and steak BLOODY. <_<
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Posted 23 August 2005 - 01:10 PM

There is, of course, the OD Stevens house, 30 and Eastchase I believe.  It has been talked about many times on the forum and is now a day care, but still an interesting history.

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What happened there?

Edited to add: Ack! Nevermind, I found a thread about it here:
http://www.fortworth...p?showtopic=199

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Posted 02 September 2005 - 10:07 PM

There is the parking lot of the skating rink on the Benbrook Circle, which used to be a bowling alley, whence Carla Walker was kidnapped in 1974, never to be seen alive again.

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Later that same year, three girls disappeared from a Seminary South parking lot, never to be seen again dead or alive, though there are those who believe they are alive somewhere.

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Posted 07 September 2005 - 08:09 PM

is the Cullen Davis mansion still a resturant? :D

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Posted 07 September 2005 - 09:10 PM

I believe it is a church.

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Posted 08 September 2005 - 10:10 AM

1st a resturant, now a church. what will they think of next? lol

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Posted 07 February 2006 - 09:03 PM

Where is this 1st Street Bridge located?

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Posted 08 February 2006 - 04:44 PM

It was a great restraunt but it didnt last long..it was a fun experience.

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Posted 08 February 2006 - 09:34 PM

QUOTE(Funkdoobiest @ Feb 7 2006, 09:03 PM) View Post

Where is this 1st Street Bridge located?


The notable 1st Street Bridge that I know about is on E. 1st between the entrances for Gateway Park and Arc Park (between Beach and Oakland).

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Posted 09 February 2006 - 12:57 PM

QUOTE(CMR @ Aug 21 2005, 03:15 AM) View Post

A downtown bar called "The Cellar" became very infamous back in the 60's when JFK's Secret Service body guards drank there till dawn the night before he was killed in Dallas. The Cellar was the home of Ft Worth counter culture and rock music scene until the mid seventies when the FW police dept. decided it was time to crack down on the goings on at the club. constant harrassment the local federales ran off the customers and the owner (Pat Kirkwood) was forced to shut the doors in the mid-seventies.

Here's a link to part of the Warren Report that talks about the cellar.
http://www.aarclibra...H18_CE_1020.pdf


The Cellar, which was at 1111 Houston Street (I think) was also where George Carlin and his partner Jack Burns developed their comedy act while they were still employees of KXOL.
George told me that they "served vodka in coffee cups" *wink wink*. When their boss, Earle Fletcher, found out; he was outraged that his employees were hanging out at "such a sleezy joint".

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Posted 10 February 2006 - 01:42 PM

QUOTE(johnlp @ Feb 9 2006, 12:57 PM) View Post

QUOTE(CMR @ Aug 21 2005, 03:15 AM) View Post

A downtown bar called "The Cellar" became very infamous back in the 60's when JFK's Secret Service body guards drank there till dawn the night before he was killed in Dallas. The Cellar was the home of Ft Worth counter culture and rock music scene until the mid seventies when the FW police dept. decided it was time to crack down on the goings on at the club. constant harrassment the local federales ran off the customers and the owner (Pat Kirkwood) was forced to shut the doors in the mid-seventies.

Here's a link to part of the Warren Report that talks about the cellar.
http://www.aarclibra...H18_CE_1020.pdf


The Cellar, which was at 1111 Houston Street (I think) was also where George Carlin and his partner Jack Burns developed their comedy act while they were still employees of KXOL.
George told me that they "served vodka in coffee cups" *wink wink*. When their boss, Earle Fletcher, found out; he was outraged that his employees were hanging out at "such a sleezy joint".



Ah, back in the day when we had "Fort Worth" radio and TV stations...and clubs like the Bluebird. wub.gif

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Posted 11 February 2006 - 05:03 AM

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Posted 11 February 2006 - 10:16 AM

What's that about George Carlin?

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Posted 11 February 2006 - 11:16 AM

This may be a little too obvious, and perhaps more "famous" rather than infamous, but no one has yet mentioned the last "street gunfight" on Exchange Av. between "Longhair" Jim Courtright and Luke Short, memorialized and comercialized at the White Elephant Saloon.

Perhaps a more infamous location is the intersection of Samuels Av. and NE 12th St. where a hackberry tree once grew that was the scene of the last public lynching in Fort Worth. In 1921 Fred Rouse, a black man, was abducted from the county hospital by a mob after being severely beaten by a mob after he crossed a picket line and wounded two white men during a labor action at the Swift plant. He was hung in the tree and his body desecrated by the crowd. Three days after the murder the tree was chopped down. The Tarrant grand jury failed to return an indictment even though many people were witnesses to the events. This link contains more information from the Knight-Ridder organization, parent company to the Star-Telegram (as of today anyway)

http://www.knightrid...h/jimcrow4.html

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Posted 11 February 2006 - 11:38 AM

QUOTE(SurplusPopulation @ Feb 11 2006, 10:16 AM) View Post

What's that about George Carlin?


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From 1959-1960, George Carlin was an employee of KXOL radio (then located at 3004 W. Lancaster) as a DJ. His friend and former co worker from a radio station in Louisiana (Jack Burns) worked at KXOL as well doing News in the evening.
The two of them desided that a career in comedy might be more rewarding that radio. They started writting comedy and performed their act at the Cellar Club (a club that was on the norther end of Hell's Half Acre).
Long story short, Carlin and Burns left Ft. Worth to take a job on KDAY in Los Angeles during the day, and did stand up at night. in October 1960, Carlin and Burns appeard on The Tonight Show. The rest is history.



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Posted 11 February 2006 - 12:58 PM

QUOTE(Prairie Pup @ Feb 11 2006, 01:16 PM) View Post

This may be a little too obvious, and perhaps more "famous" rather than infamous, but no one has yet mentioned the last "street gunfight" on Exchange Av. between "Longhair" Jim Courtright and Luke Short, memorialized and comercialized at the White Elephant Saloon.


Keep in mind, however that the gunfight actually took place I believe in the 200 block of Main in Downtown, where the ORIGINAL White Elephant was. When the White Elephant was opened in The Stockyards, they brought the gunfight with them wink.gif . There's a plaque out there commemorating the event. Isn't the anniversary of it coming up? Seems like it's in February, I always intend to go see the reenactment, but have never made it. Time for me to do some Google-ing instead of rambling.

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Posted 11 February 2006 - 01:00 PM

QUOTE(Call me Arch Stanton @ Feb 11 2006, 02:58 PM) View Post

QUOTE(Prairie Pup @ Feb 11 2006, 01:16 PM) View Post

This may be a little too obvious, and perhaps more "famous" rather than infamous, but no one has yet mentioned the last "street gunfight" on Exchange Av. between "Longhair" Jim Courtright and Luke Short, memorialized and comercialized at the White Elephant Saloon.


Keep in mind, however that the gunfight actually took place I believe in the 200 block of Main in Downtown, where the ORIGINAL White Elephant was. When the White Elephant was opened in The Stockyards, they brought the gunfight with them wink.gif . There's a plaque out there commemorating the event. Isn't the anniversary of it coming up? Seems like it's in February, I always intend to go see the reenactment, but have never made it. Time for me to do some Google-ing instead of rambling.



Missed it by that much.

"At the legendary White Elephant Saloon, named one of the Top 100 Bars in America by Esquire magazine, live country music is performed seven nights a week. And the famous 1887 gunfight between the White Elephant's owner Luke Short and T.I. "Long Hair Jim" Courtwright (a former marshal) is re-enacted on February 8 each year."

From:
http://www.fortworth....jsp?Article=36

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Posted 11 February 2006 - 03:17 PM

Hey Arch,

You were also very close on the original location, in the 300 block of Main downtown, and later moved to the 600 block. Here is a link to the saloon's history; pretty interesting, should be required for any true student of Fort Worth history.

http://www.historyne...elephantsaloon/

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Posted 11 February 2006 - 04:20 PM

Does anybody know of such similiar "gunfights" in DTFW. Maybe along Houston St. or Main, more towards the CC part of DT onto Lancaster (original Hell's Half Acre?). Never knew EXACTLY where it was at. Very interesting "Gunsling" history.
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Posted 12 February 2006 - 03:18 PM

QUOTE(Prairie Pup @ Feb 11 2006, 05:17 PM) View Post

Hey Arch,

You were also very close on the original location, in the 300 block of Main downtown, and later moved to the 600 block. Here is a link to the saloon's history; pretty interesting, should be required for any true student of Fort Worth history.

http://www.historyne...elephantsaloon/


Well, that'll teach me, I suppose next time I'll do a little Google-ing before I start rambling blink.gif

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Posted 12 February 2006 - 08:36 PM

As I recall, Luke Short was standing in the middle of the 300 block and Jim Courtright was by the saloon door -- about the Riscky's BBQ front door.

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Posted 12 February 2006 - 09:35 PM

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Wow when I read this i got chills down my spine! here is why.

Three weeks ago a friend of mine told me the building was for sale. I was interested and asked him to set up a time to tour the building. He proceeded to call the listing agent who is located in Dallas. The listing agent told him " I am not going in that building ever again, its haunted" My friend laughed and said he needed to show me the building. The agent flatly refused to go into the building so he said he would mail the key to us. I was suprised the a broker would mail us a key from Dallas.

Two days later a key showed up via fed ex. I wasnt able to see the bulding for a few days so my friend kept the key. He proceeded to tell some friends the story and as guys are they mustered some courage and met down there to tour the building without me.

The next day he came to drop the key to me refusing to go back into the building. He explained the story about the listing agent. When I asked him what he saw he said "nothing" I laughed asking what the big deal was and he said they went into the building and to the old kitchen. neither he or his friends saw anything however stated that the worst feeling ever came over them. It was so evil they left and wouldnt even go back with me to see the building.

I still have the key yet havent gone to see it... I guess I cant see purchasing a building to restore if its that scary especially at the price they are asking.
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Posted 12 February 2006 - 11:11 PM

How about we have our next BMOC event there? Sounds like fun. Ghosts are harmless and little blessings for the living. Pass the key on to me. I will bring a cam and document the whole thing to put up on the FORUM. Low budge stuff.

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Posted 13 February 2006 - 08:59 AM

QUOTE(safly @ Feb 12 2006, 11:11 PM) View Post

How about we have our next BMOC event there? Sounds like fun. Ghosts are harmless and little blessings for the living. Pass the key on to me. I will bring a cam and document the whole thing to put up on the FORUM. Low budge stuff.

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Posted 13 February 2006 - 09:21 AM

I want to go too. Seriously!

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Posted 13 February 2006 - 06:08 PM

If I knew that place was haunted and I OWNED it. There would be a $30 "peep show" every Friday and Saturday night in that place. Dinner included. I'd "pimp" those ghosts out like I was Casper's Huggy Bear. SHEWT! biggrin.gif

I don't know about ya'll but if this story is true and can be proven to the public, IT'S a GOLDMINE!

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Posted 13 February 2006 - 07:05 PM

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