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mhill

Member Since 01 Jun 2004
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In Topic: Sid Richardson museum.

14 September 2006 - 06:43 PM

QUOTE(1963Parade_of_Homes @ Aug 23 2006, 11:12 PM) View Post

This is just about to open up at 309 Main. Anyone know what it's all about?

I know Richardson was a leading citizen in the city decades ago; I'd have to get out my Ft. Worth history books to refresh my memory as to just what he did.

Was he so accomplished that a complete museum, located on very prime real estate, could be devoted solely to him? Or is someone (his heirs?) using his name for a museum about Ft. Worth in general?

-Jim


Sid Richardson was an oilman and one of the richest men in America. He was a frequent visitor to the Eisenhower White House. He was a confirmed bachelor but his sister married Perry Bass who had four sons and they have a Performance Hall named after them smile.gif After he died, she and her husband inherited a few dollars from Sid Richardson smile.gif Sid was good friends with Amon Carter and they share a love for Remington and Russells paintings--I don't remember who influence the other. They frequently exhibited their painting at the Fort Worth Public Library gallery until the Amon Carter Museum was built. Then the Richardson paintings were exhibited with the Carter paintings until the Sid Richardson Museum was built.

Max

In Topic: Jacksboro Highway - History

09 January 2006 - 08:46 AM

The Fort Worth Public Library has a collection from the Rocket Club. It consists of candid photographs of the customers and publicity photographs of the various acts. The most interesting item is a memori from the head waitress which has information on a protection racket and other interesting tidbits.

Max

In Topic: Jacksboro Highway - History

09 January 2006 - 08:43 AM

QUOTE(Jack White @ Jan 9 2006, 01:12 AM) View Post

I have lots of information on crime on the Jacksboro hwy...more than
I have time to tell.

Just let me say briefly (maybe more later) that central to it all was
the FOUR DEUCES at 2222 Jacksboro Highway. It was an infamous
private gambling spot operated by Pat Kirkwood (owner of The Cellar
downtown) for the benefit of the rich and famous like Amon Carter,
Sid Richardson, H.L.Hunt, John Connally, LBJ, Sam Rayburn and most
of the local rich. Despite being illegal, it was allowed to operate
freely by local law groups...in fact employed FW police as security
guards. The police were also given costly gifts such as liquor
and turkeys in return for silence. Some researchers of the JFK
assassination believe that the assassination was planned at the
Four Deuces by LBJ and his rich cronies.

Much local crime was centered around the Jacksboro strip joints
such as the Skyliner and Rocket Club, and many murders took
place in the vicinity...involving Tincy Eggleston, DeLois Green
Herbert the cat Noble, and others.

Jack