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DFW: DFW as Special Places

by: Taylor Gipson

DFW: DFW as Special Places 3351

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Week 5, Sept 22 notes
DFW Metroplex
Robert Fairbanks
Class Notes
dallas, fort, worth, DFW, history
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Date Created: 09/23/16
Dallas and Fort Worth as Special Places th 19 century, no doubt that DFW were cities. There were special places that draw people to the cities themselves.  Size and Diversity within Cities o Distinctive characteristics  Pull of the City  Foundation of Neiman Marcus  Robert Lee Thorton, born in poverty, had enormous ambition.  William McDonald, an African-American, came to Ft. Worth in 1855 as a teacher. Republican and became active in the party. o Establishes own bank, which allows blacks the opportunity to get loans etc. o Mason o Biggest millionaires in Texas, wealthiest man in Ft. Worth.  Miguel Martinez came to Texas in 1922 when fleeing the Mexican Revolution. Opened a restaurant with his wife, serving for the first time, Mexican food. El Fenix, then, became extremely popular.  Amon Carter created Star Telegram and first radio station.  Population concentration= opportunity  40k by 1900 in Dallas o Increased drastically within years.  Irish and German populations  Diversity  Non-Economic Functions o Cities as magnets for Hinterland  Early Fairs  Agriculture attractions  Brought in many people from all over the state, mainly by horse.  Fort Worth Stock Show  1896 in North Creek, with no buildings in an open setting. To encourage better breeding and feeding of animals. (Shorthorn versus Longhorn) o Next year, activities and buildings etc. Dallas and Fort Worth as Special Places th  In early 20 century raised $50,000 that builds the Coliseum that stands there to this day. Indoor rodeo.  Texas Spring Palace o City as Education Center  Culture and libraries  1899, Dallas Public Library  A little later, Ft. Worth Public Library o Carnegie contributed to BOTH libraries.  Schools  Cities and Entertainment o Playing in the City  Saloons, minstrel shows and red light districts and higher culture  Hell’s Half Acre o Brothels, high and low class o Drew people to the city (THEME)  Vaudeville  John Hoblisell  Fast-paced variety show, arguing that catches the tempo of the urban life.  Department Stores  Changed the nature of shopping for DFW o Used to be male-centered in the 19 th century o Chore to entertainment  If you could make shopping for enticing for women, amount of money spent would greatly increase.  Sanger-Harris  Neiman Marcus  Tea room’s, safe’s, began to hire women as clerks, marked lists, clearance basements, buildings had picture windows to show off product.  Baseball  Major League started to come down to Texas for spring training in the 1920s.  Golf


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