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FWFF'r

Member Since 09 Jun 2007
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In Topic: Old Clark Mansion

31 August 2007 - 03:06 PM

It looks as though someone might be living here now... at least part time. ??? The huge piles of dirt are gone from the yard & things are starting to look normal.

In Topic: Questions from a new resident

17 August 2007 - 01:05 PM

QUOTE(austlar @ Aug 16 2007, 04:39 AM)  

I don't know exactly when the brick streets came to pass, but my father used to talk about road crews laying brick streets as part of the WPA. He especially recalled one crew of blackl men laying bricks on Houston Street, where my family had a store in the old Westbrook Hotel building, while singing some kind of work song in unison. My impression was that this was one of the crews laying down the original brick. My father was definitely referring to the period during the Depression. As a kid in 1950's FW, I remember brick streets all over town, in fact most of the major streets outside of downtown were brick until they got paved over in the 60's and 70's.

I was told by my grandmother that her father, my great-grand father, laid bricks on Camp Bowie Blvd. I don't know what year that would have been but he was born in 1902.

In Topic: Questions from a new resident

17 August 2007 - 01:01 PM

QUOTE(Buck @ Aug 15 2007, 10:43 AM)  

Actually, the one out west is the Benbrook Traffic Circle.

There was a Weatherford Traffic Circle, but it's gone.


It was just north at the intersection of Spur 580 (Camp Bowie West) and 183 (Alta Mere).

I can't think of any other circles in FW, besides the little ones in the industrial area north of White Settlement Road (Cullen, Vacek, those streets)

Wasn't there one on 183 somewhere in the Mid-Cities?


According to google maps & the 2007 Fort Worth Mapsco it is the Weatherford Traffic Circle.

In Topic: Questions from a new resident

14 August 2007 - 10:40 PM

QUOTE(walton91 @ Aug 14 2007, 08:55 PM)  

I have lived in Fort Worth for about a year and a half, in FW South. Can anyone tell me about the tunnel or underpass at Jennings and Vickery? I have Googled and have only seen a mention here and there. It is right in front of the W-D building and appears to only go from eastbound Vickery to northbound Jennings. What was is used for? What was that area like at the time. On a positive note, it looks like it is getting a new surface as part of the Lancaster reconstruction so I assume it will be open again shortly.

While I'm at it, I have a couple more questions. It appears to me that there used to be traffic circles at University/7th/Camp Bowie and Lancaster/Camp Bowie/Montgomery intersections. That is just my observation so I was wondering if that was the case and were there any other traffic circles in town (beside Bluebonnet).

Finally, I see bricks under the streets everywhere near downtown (Lancaster, Jennings, Vickery, etc) How far back were the brick roads downtown? When were those paved over?

Thanks!

I don't think that there were traffic circles at the locations you mentioned as far as I can remember. There is one besides Bluebonnet, the Weatherford Traffic Circle out on the far west side.

Not sure about the other parts of your questions, although I do remember the tunnel you are talking about.... just don't know anything about it.

In Topic: What Was The Restaurant On The Hill?

14 August 2007 - 10:30 PM

QUOTE(mattaken @ Aug 6 2007, 05:51 PM) View Post

Thanks for the replies. It's funny to hear about the pig farm. In this day and age it's hard to imagine something like that being so close to downtown.

Does anyone remember how long ago the building was demolished? It looks like the parking lot/foundations are still there.


I don't know when it was demo'd. I remember it best when it was a fairly hot night spot called Calamity's.