View is looking South.
This building was next to the Tex-Ice complex on Jones Street.
I think that John Collier Industries owned this building in the 1950s and it either stored or manufatured one of the first oleo margarines. The name of the product at the time was Clover Bloom 99. In those days Texas Law required that "real" butter had to be pressed with a star symble so that the the consumer in a resturant could tell if they were eating the real thing or eating that new fake butter called margarine.
At time of this photo, the building was used as a moving company storage warehouse. Notice the 5 didgit phone number painted on the side of the building.
Those are the Santa Fe Railroad tracks and yard to the left. You can see the Santa Fe Railroad passenger termainal in the far distance. This is the area that most of the Hobos and Bums came off the railroad freight cars to converge on Fort Worth. This is also were they hopped the freight out of town. This was the Depression Era and there were many of them. They were still jumping the freight cars in the 1970s. There was always a lot of borken glass in the street and sidewalks from cheap wine and whiskey bottles. The Fort Worth police had to make extra daily sweeps along Jones Steet to pick up the drunk hobos who had passed out in the street or side walk. The "paddy wagon" the police used was called "The Black Mariah" by the unwilling passengers.
Today these tracks have been changed somewhat and are part of the Trinity Railway Express (TRE) Station. The current TRE station is located to the south side of this warehouse where the backside of the old Tex-Ice building is located in the photo.
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