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Fort Worth Stories (Texas Local Series #4)

Richard F. Selcer


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Fort Worth Stories is a collection of thirty-two bite-sized chapters of the city’s history. Did you know that the same day Fort Worth was mourning the death of beloved African American “Gooseneck Bill” McDonald, Dallas was experiencing a series of bombings in black neighborhoods? Or that Fort Worth almost got the largest statue to Robert E. Lee ever put up anywhere, sculpted by the same massive talent that created Mount Rushmore? Or that Fort Worth was once the candy-making capital of the Southwest and gave Hershey, Pennsylvania, a good run for its money as the sweet spot of the nation?

A remarkable number of national figures have made a splash in Fort Worth, including Theodore Roosevelt while he was President; Vernon Castle, the Dance King; Dr. H.H. Holmes, America’s first serial killer; Harry Houdini, the escape artist; and Texas Guinan, star of the vaudeville stage and the big screen. Fort Worth Stories is illustrated with 50 photographs and drawings, many of them never before published. This collection of stories will appeal to all who appreciate the Cowtown city.

Praise For Fort Worth Stories (Texas Local Series #4)

“The sketches expand on some well-known stories, but are more important when focused on previously untold accounts, particularly of the city’s minority communities. They add flesh and humanity to the Fort Worth saga.”—Quentin McGown, author of Remembering Fort Worth and Historic Photos of Fort Worth

“I learned at least a little in every chapter and a lot in most chapters. Readers who have not immersed themselves in Fort Worth history will learn even more than I did.”—Mike Nichols, author of Lost Fort Worth

“While hogs ran wild in the streets, Longhair Jim Courtright was gunned down in front of the White Elephant Saloon, the spectacular Spring Palace burned, photographer Charles Swartz stepped into the path of the Katy Flyer while on a job, diamonds were stolen from Thistle Hill, the cattle baron mansion, and Fort Worth became the candy-making capital of the Southwest. Fort Worth Stories is a feast of good writing by a native son who shares his love of hometown and history with us.”—Ron Tyler, Director (retired), Amon Carter Museum of American Art

"[A]n inherently fascinating read from cover to cover. Simply stated, Fort Worth Stories is as impressively informative as it is entertaining."--Midwest Book Review

University of North Texas Press, 9781574418309, 320pp.

Publication Date: February 12, 2021

About the Author

RICHARD F. SELCER is a native Fort Worther who holds a Ph.D. from TCU and has authored more than a dozen books. His titles for UNT Press include Volumes 1 and 2 of Written in Blood: The History of Fort Worth’s Fallen Lawmen; Fort Worth Characters; and A History of Fort Worth in Black & White: 165 Years of African-American Life.