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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, including the Texas and Pacific Railroad station, Purina Mills, Sloan Lumber Company, and Steve’s Sash and Door Company. There are also numerous views of the downtown Fort Worth skyline.

Projects include the Jennings Avenue underpass, the East Fourth Street underpass, the Henderson Street underpass, the Missouri-Kansas-Texas railroad underpass at South Main Street, the South Main Street underpass, and the Tennessee Avenue underpass.

The Shires Photograph Collection is one of three digital collections documenting the history of transportation infrastructure in the City of Fort Worth. The Bartholomew Plan, developed in 1927 by urban planner Harland Bartholomew, proposed changes to the city’s major traffic arteries. The Gruen Plan for "A Greater Fort Worth Tomorrow" was developed in 1956 by the architecture firm Victor Gruen and Associates to revitalize Fort Worth’s central business district, and alleviate downtown traffic.

 
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