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Shires Photograph Collection

The Shires Photograph Collection consists of photographs documenting the construction of infrastructure in Fort Worth during the late 1920s and early 1930s. The images track the progress made on the construction of bridges and underpasses from initial excavation work to the completed project. Some photographs depict local businesses, …

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Shires Photograph Collection

The Gruen Plan

The Gruen Plan for "A Greater Fort Worth Tomorrow" was designed by the architecture firm Victor Gruen and Associates in 1956 to revitalize the business district, and alleviate traffic congestion in downtown Fort Worth. The proposed plan suggested an expressway loop that would encircle the business district and connect to six …

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The Gruen Plan

The Bartholomew Plan

The Bartholomew Plan was developed in 1927 by urban planner Harland Bartholomew, after being commissioned by the City of Fort Worth to devise a street plan for the city’s major traffic arteries. The report conducts a general survey of the city, reviews existing street structure, and presents a plan for an improved system.

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The Bartholomew Plan

Texas County Tax Rolls

Tarrant County, named after General Edward H. Tarrant, was founded in 1849 when it was carved out of neighboring Navarro County.  In 1850, the first Tarrant County Tax Assessment was conducted by the Navarro County Tax Assessor, W.B. McCabe, since Tarrant County had not yet been officially organized.  Later that same year, John A. Hust …

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Texas County Tax Rolls

Texas Spring Palace

The Texas Spring Palace opened on May 29, 1889 as a regional immigration and agricultural fair. It was intended to advertise Texas by displaying all the products of the state under one roof. Local railroads cosponsored the project and local business and citizens furnished construction funds by subscription. The building was built in …

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Texas Spring Palace

About the collections



The Genealogy, History & Archives Unit of the Fort Worth Library has a large collection of family history data including federal census, books, and periodicals. The collection focuses on Texas and the South, but also includes a considerable amount of information on the Midwest and the original thirteen states. The unit also collects primary and secondary materials on the history of Fort Worth, its institutions, organizations, and peoples. Moreover, it is the official archives for the City of Fort Worth municipal government. 

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