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In Topic: First Christian Church Seeking HC Designation at H&CLC Meeting April 10th

12 April 2006 - 03:24 PM

What about a two-phase program for the T&P signage --

Phase One -- Temporary signage limited to a specific period (during leasing), similar to what they are proposing, but nothing that would deface the building

Phase Two -- Permanent site signage (not attached to the building), built at the perimeter of the property, built of material complimentary to the facade's materials; appropriate in graphic style to the 1930s (Many colleges and universities are successfully using this format for building signage)

Further, it is disturbing to see that they are proposing off-center signage on that building.

Surely the historic organization has some rules governing what would be appropriate on a landmark.

In Topic: What was there before the Modern?

31 March 2006 - 08:18 AM

QUOTE(mattaken @ Mar 30 2006, 10:26 PM) View Post

If anyone is a long-time fan of Dos Gringos on University, they've noticed that the view from the front windows has certainly improved over the years. I recall eating there - oh, about 15 years ago - and looking across the street at the spot where the Modern stands today. I recall a series of drab, red brick buildings - was that an old apartment complex? Does anyone know when those buildings were constructed? It seems like they were pretty old.

But then, the older I get, the more subjective the word "old" becomes.....

Behind (southwest of) the old hotel at the corner of University and Camp Bowie was a complex of two-story apartment buildings. That's how I remember it.

In Topic: Picture the US Army's Original Camp Bowie in 1918

30 March 2006 - 06:37 AM

Twenty or so years ago, there was a two-story building just off Camp Bowie Boulevard somehow linked to the original army camp. Restauranteurs named the building something like "Rangoon Raquet Club" and ran it as a successful bar and restaurant, as I recall. Had a beer garden out back with lights all around the trees.

I can't remember the story linking that building to the army post. It might have been that the owners were claiming that it was the original officers' club.

I think the exact location was just north of the boulevard somewhere between Arlington Heights Methodist and the old FW water tower.

* Anybody remember that place or it's claim to history?

* Anybody know what happened to the building or if it is still standing?

In Topic: Picture the US Army's Original Camp Bowie in 1918

29 March 2006 - 12:48 PM

QUOTE(AndyN @ Mar 28 2006, 10:44 PM) View Post

I have surveyed in and around the camp location and have seen bits and parts of deeds and maps that refer to the camp, but not enough to have a complete picture of it. Djold1 (Pete Charlton at www.lectricbooks.com has a topo map that shows the limits of the camp.)

As I recall, Arlington Heights was actually developed in 1890. It was a streetcar development, so I'm sure Camp Bowie Boulevard was in place at the time since that was the route of the streetcar, although I think it was called Arlington Boulevard or something like that. There was a place called Ye Arlington Inn, which I imagine was swanky in its day.

I can't think of any structures remaining that are original to the camp. I think there were some apartments/former barracks there several years back, but they were removed for museum expansion. I don't think the public health building was part of the camp.

I found the following narrative from The Handbook of Texas Online --

CAMP BOWIE (Tarrant County). Construction of Camp Bowie began on July 18, 1917. The camp, in the Arlington Heights neighborhood about three miles west of downtown Fort Worth, was established by the United States War Department to give training to the Thirty-sixth Infantry Division.qv Local officials expected financial gain and urged that the camp be located at Fort Worth. Including the adjacent rifle range and trench system, the site encompassed 2,186 acres. The camp was named for Alamo defender James Bowie.qv Cavalrymen of the First Texas Cavalry guarded the camp during its raising. Although classified as a tent camp, it required much construction to accommodate a division of men. Camp Bowie was opened officially on August 24, 1917, with Maj. Gen. Edwin St. John Grebleqv of the regular army as commandant. During Greble's absence, the camp was commanded by a number of generals, including Brig. Gen. George Blakely.

The Thirty-sixth Division remained at Camp Bowie for ten months. Training dragged, partly because of epidemics and equipment shortages, but morale never flagged, thanks in part to the cooperation of Fort Worth in tending to the social needs of the troops. Relations between town and camp were remarkably good throughout the camp's existence, though the February 18, 1918, issue of Pass in Review, the bimonthly newspaper of camps Bowie and Taliaferro (near Saginaw), announced a base-mandated "purity crusade" designed to close down the brothels that thrived near the camp.

Camp Bowie's greatest average monthly strength was recorded in October 1917 as 30,901. On April 11, 1918, the Thirty-sixth went on parade in the city for the first time. The four-hour event drew crowds estimated at 225,000, making it possibly the biggest parade in Fort Worth's history. For about five months after the departure of the Thirty-sixth for France in July 1918, the camp functioned as an infantry replacement and training facility, with monthly population ranging from 4,164 to 10,527. A total of more than 100,000 men trained at the camp. Greble's retirement in September 1918 began a fairly rapid turnover of commandants that did not end until the camp ceased operation.

Shortly after the Armistice on November 11, 1918, Camp Bowie was designated a demobilization center. By May 31, 1919, it had discharged 31,584 men. The heaviest traffic occurred in June, when it processed thousands of combat veterans of the Thirty-sixth and Ninetieth Texas-Oklahoma divisions. The demobilization having been concluded, Camp Bowie was closed on August 15, 1919. After the camp closed it was quickly converted to a residential area, as builders took advantage of utility hookups left by the army.

In Topic: Picture the US Army's Original Camp Bowie in 1918

29 March 2006 - 10:17 AM

QUOTE(johnlp @ Mar 29 2006, 09:14 AM) View Post

Does this help?
IPB Image

Wow. Perfect.

Help me out in superimposing current landmarks on this map. When I prrinted this map, some of the typography was too small to be easily read.

Post corrections if any of the following conclusions are incorrect --

In 1918 --

* Camp Bowie Boulevard was named "Arlington Heights Blvd."

* W. Vickery was named "Grandbury Rd."

* The eastern exent was about where University Drive is now

* W. Lancaster was called "Crocket Avenue"

* The remount station was situated approximately where we have Will Rogers-Casa Manana complex

* The post's hospital would have been somewhere near Merrick Street

* Today's Rivercrest Country Club was not part of the original camp, even though one feature is called "Country Club Stop"