Fort Worth, TX
08/10/2019

I made up a 4 mile walk route. I believe it overlaps the official Downtown YRE route in places. We parked for free on the street (thank you Fort Worth!) near the Old Firehouse.

Old Firehouse No. 1

This is the Burk Burnett building. Built in 1914, this building was designed for banker, Earl Baldridge, to house the State National Bank. One year later in 1915 it was sold to legendary cattleman, Samuel Burk Burnett, whose 6666 Ranches are famous in Texas history for cattle, oil, scientific breeding and thoroughbred horses. Known as Fort Worth's first "Skyscraper", it was built with cattle money in the heyday of Fort Worth Cowtown.

A cute little baker decorates the entry canopy of the Corner Bakery Cafe

Multiple plaques, like this one, can be found on downtown streets telling the interesting history of Fort Worth.

Clock tower on the Amtrak Train Depot.

Panthers adorn the entrance to the Amtrak Depot.

President John F. Kennedy stayed here the night before he was assassinated in Dallas in 1963. It is now a Hilton Hotel.

Kennedy Memorial across the street from the hotel features a statue of JFK, with a fountain and pictures of him.

One of nine different relief art sculptures on Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse.

This Renaissance Revival structure was inspired by the wedge-shaped Flatiron Building in New York City. Unique to this building is the belt course featuring panther heads between the 2nd and 3rd floors.

Tiny building hiding in the shadow of the skyscrapers. It looks like a private residence.

A black panther sleeping on a fountain in Hyde Park in downtown Ft. Worth. Nearby plaque tells the "Panther Story". No wonder so many panthers are depicted in Fort Worth.

Former City Hall was a New Deal Project completed in 1938. It is now the Municipal Courthouse. It is Art Deco.

"The Tabachin Ribbon" is a bright yellow metal sculpture in front of the Municipal Court building.

John Peter Smith is known as "the father of Fort Worth"

French Gothic style St. Patrick's Cathedral was started in 1888.

The Second Empire style St. Ignatius Academy next door was also begun in 1888,

Convention Center windows reflect the building across the street from it.

Water Garden was a gift to the city from the Amon Carter Foundation. Great place to visit!

It is dangerous to get this close. Four people drown here. Stay behind the rails!

This monument dates from 1893. It commemorates a man who gave his life to save others in the Texas Spring Palace fire of 1890.

Gargoyle on the side of the memorial. Water used to pour from it into the basin surrounding the monument. Unknown when it quit working.

T&P Passenger Depot, is Art Deco. It was built in 1931.

Inside the 1931 Post Office. We went inside looking for the six WPA murals but could not find them. Must be upstairs which is locked off on Saturdays.

Art Deco T&P Freight Depot built in 1931.

Art Deco Federal Courthouse was completed in 1934, so I thought it was one of FDR's New Deal Projects, but I found out the money for it had been appropriated by Congress during Hoover's term in office.

St. Andrew's Episcopal Church was erected in 1910.

"Man With Briefcase" by Jonathan Borofsky

"The Texas Sculpture" by Isamu Noguchi

Art Deco Texas Electric Service Company building - 1929.

First Christian Church was built in 1915.

A new Art Deco built in 2013. It is the Westbrook Hotel, named after the original hotel that was demolished at this location in 1978.

Carol and Ed strolling along.

Lovely wall fountain on the Jett Building which is home to "The Ranch" FM 95.9