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#95119 Forest Park Zoo?

Posted by lcbrownz on 14 December 2015 - 10:39 AM


I used to call it the "Forest Park Zoo", but I don't know if that was ever an official name.  The original entrance to the park was on Park Place at Forest Park Blvd., and those gates say Forest Park.  The gates were built in 1918, but the zoo dates back earlier than that.  The road also led down to the zoo, but in a different configuration.  The actual zoo drive too off from Park Place at the westernmost point where you can see the remains of a "Y" intersection.  When I was a kid, this was the access to the zoo.

Is this the old zoo entrance?


I have a 1945 photo of the Forest Park gate entrance. But I do not know how to post on here.

#91326 Fort Worth swimming pools

Posted by lcbrownz on 02 May 2015 - 07:33 AM

All of Fort Worth's municipal swimming pools (except Forest Park and Marine) have been filled in and grass is now covering those areas. There should be markers placed at those locations to signify their part in Fort Worth's history.

#91314 Forest Park Zoo?

Posted by lcbrownz on 01 May 2015 - 06:55 AM

The Bill Hames rides of Forest Park were removed in 1989 when the zoo was expanded and adding the new tracks for the tarantula train. I have a newspaper article explaining the situation.posted on Facebook. Currently there are no official signs labeling "Forest Park" as such. Much of the open unoccupied land is roped off and now being neglected. The term "Forest Park Zoo" was just coined (over the years) as a nickname. For decades, I thought that was its name as well. 

#91103 Favorite Defunct Restaurants

Posted by lcbrownz on 14 April 2015 - 10:54 AM

Now there is a Facebook page called "Closed and Forgotten Cowtown Eateries" that continue the conversations of  Favorite Defunct Restaurants with photos.

#90339 Foods that are History :(

Posted by lcbrownz on 01 March 2015 - 06:43 AM

Ranch Style Beans and Wolf Brand Chili are both owned by ConAgra Foods and have adapted their recipes to similar ConAgra products.

#83141 Sinclair Stations in Fort Worth

Posted by lcbrownz on 30 March 2014 - 05:44 AM

Inside that Sinclair gas station (on McCart) is the famous Big Boy statue taken from Kip's.

#79583 New Civil Courthouse

Posted by lcbrownz on 14 September 2013 - 07:24 AM

Today. Hope to start seeing some facade soon. 



With all of the courthouses, law enforcement offices, and correctional centers in the same vicinity, they need to rename the street, "Law and Order Way".

#76938 Heritage Park

Posted by lcbrownz on 06 May 2013 - 05:35 AM

Does anyone know the history of the brick path that leads down to the river? Especially the bricks that are inscribed with names.

I believe the inscribed bricks were part of a fundraiser to help with the rebuilding the park. I took photos last year of the brick walk and found State Senator Betty Andujar and her husband's name inscribed one brick.

#76673 Where is Brian L?

Posted by lcbrownz on 20 April 2013 - 03:15 PM

FB has a larger audience.

#75672 Can You Believe We Demolished This for our City Hall?

Posted by lcbrownz on 03 March 2013 - 08:11 AM

As a child in 1950s while traveling with my parents, we would drive by this building and it always reminded me of an European castle.

#75670 Where is Brian L?

Posted by lcbrownz on 03 March 2013 - 07:57 AM

He has been around on here. Hoping he got some Cowtown marathon photos today. But I think his view got worse with the construction.

Brian was on the Facebook Remember in Fort Worth When page last week. 

#74306 Federal Narcotics Hosp in FW?

Posted by lcbrownz on 07 January 2013 - 09:39 AM

Here is a scan of my postcard captioned U S Public Health Service Hospital. I have seen but do not have a similar view captioned U S Narcotics Hospital


Here is a comparable recent aerial photo view.



Back in the early 80s, FCI, Fort Worth was a minimum security co-ed facility. It was like a college campus and the inmates were wearing civilian clothes. Some of the inmates were taking classes at TCJC. The prison commissary was like a 7-11 store and was always busy. Quite a few pregnancies occurred there during this era. The mission was changed a few years later as the women were transferred to Federal Prison Camp in Danbury, CT. Without the women being there, the sales in the commissary dropped dramatically.