Counting Noses: Swords and Plowshares

On October 31, 1850 William Hogan saddled up his horse and rode off to count noses. In the next week he would travel many a mile to find noses to count. Some of those noses were located below eyes that no doubt narrowed in suspicion at the stranger who knocked on the doors of isolated cabins to ask folks a lot of tomfool personal questions.

William Hogan was Tarrant County’s first census-taker.

1850 census date 2The Tarrant County census of 1850 may look like just sixteen pages of names and numbers. But that census is unique for two reasons: It was the first for the new county, and it was the only census that included the Army’s Fort Worth.

William Hogan, carrying his census forms and writing supplies in his saddlebags, spent October 31-November 6 canvassing Tarrant County and part of Ellis County, guiding his horse along the few rudimentary roads he could find as he went from door to door. And those doors were few and far between in 1850. Settlements were as rare as roads. A settlement had begun at present-day Grapevine in 1845, at Johnson Station in 1847, and at Birdville in 1848. “Oldtimers” had been in the area all of five years. No adults in the census had been born in Texas.

Census-takers were instructed to “approach every family and individual from whom he solicits information with civil and conciliatory manners, and adapt himself, as far as practicable, to the circumstances of each, to secure confidence and good will, as a means of obtaining the desired information with accuracy and dispatch.”

Census-takers had to provide their own ink, blotting paper, and pens.

Hogan’s census enumerated 672 “free inhabitants” (soldiers and civilians) in the county. Hogan counted 558 civilians but only ninety homes—6.2 members per household. There were only ninety-five taxpayers in the county. They paid, historian Julia Kathryn Garrett wrote, a total of $80 ($2,400 today according to one inflation calculator) in taxes.

1850 census muster rollThe fort easily contained the county’s greatest concentration of people. Census-taker Hogan spent November 4 at the fort, enumerating 103 soldiers—including Major Ripley Allen Arnold, a camp physician, and two lieutenants—and eleven women and children. Seventy-four of the 103 soldiers were born in foreign countries: England, Scotland, Ireland, Canada, Denmark, Poland, Switzerland, Germany, France.

The oldest soldier was forty, the youngest fourteen. Average age: twenty-seven.

1850 census harrisThe fort had been established in 1849 along the western frontier as the so-called Indian Wars continued. The Indian Wars were the middle war for some of these young soldiers, such as Abe Harris, age twenty-four, from New York. These men had earlier fought in the Mexican-American War (1846-1848) and would later fight in the Civil War. Harris would survive all three wars and die in Fort Worth at age eighty-nine. Harris, a carpenter, is said to have built the fort’s first building. When he died in 1915 he was thought to be the last surviving soldier of the fort. Clips are from the December 12, 1909 and March 29, 1915 Star-Telegram.

1850 census dead listOf the fort’s soldiers in 1850, privates William McConnell, Peter Riley, and James Ryan (see yellow dots in census list), all from Ireland, would die in the next two years. They are buried at Pioneers Rest Cemetery along with eight other soldiers of the fort.

Outside the fort those 558 “free inhabitants” were scattered over the county’s nine hundred square miles. That’s a lot of elbow room (which was the lure for many of these settlers). Some settlers had land grants, such as from Peters Colony; some were squatters.

By our standards of living today, these from-the-git-goers were roughing it. Transportation was a horse or a pair of feet. Communication was a shout. Illumination was a candle or a lantern. Heat was a wood fire. A water fountain was the river, a spring, or a well dug in limestone. The county had a handful of “merchants,” but for the most part people shopped for groceries with a rifle and a hoe.

They lived in one-room cabins made of logs hewn by hand. If a cabin had windows, there certainly was no glass in them. No nails, no lumber, no paint, no concrete, no bricks.

Plenty of nothin’.

Running water, indoor plumbing, refrigeration, gas lighting were decades away.

Predictably, the census shows, the vast majority of the adult male settlers were farmers, with a wheelwright, two blacksmiths, two physicians, two saddlers, a carpenter, a Baptist minister, and a school teacher mixed in.

1850 census county officersBut several of those farmers had a second job. The new county had held its first election in August. Enumerated among the settlers (shown above):

Farmer Seaborne Gilmore, elected Tarrant County’s first county judge.

Merchant Francis Jordan, first sheriff.

Farmer John A. Hust, first county tax assessor.

Farmer Henry Suggs, first county treasurer.

Farmers Hamilton Bennett, James P. Halford, and Daniel Barcroft were three of the four first county commissioners.

Farmer John B. York in 1852 would be elected Tarrant County’s second sheriff. In 1861 York would be killed in a confrontation with attorney Archibald Young Fowler.

Like census-taker Hogan, these county officials performed their duties on horseback over considerable distances.

1850 census hust mapTax assessor John A. Hust lived on a small lake nine miles east of the fort and just north of the river near today’s intersection of Randol Mill Road and Precinct Line Road—several miles from his office—if he had one—at the county seat of Birdville. Well into the twentieth century Hust Lake was a popular recreational area. Hust Lake was often mislabeled “Hurst Lake” because of the proximity of the lake to the town of Hurst and to the home of town namesake William Letchworth Hurst. Today what is left of Hust Lake is a swamp surrounded by gravel quarries and gas wells. In 1856 Archibald Franklin Leonard would dam the Trinity River near Hust Lake and build a grist mill, which would eventually be owned by Robert Randol. Clip is from the May 6, 1909 Star-Telegram; 1920 USDA map detail from Pete Charlton’s “1000+ Lost Antique Maps of Texas & the Southwest on DVD-ROM.”

1850 census hust surveyHust’s land is still labeled “John A. Hust Survey” on Tarrant Appraisal District maps.

1850 census daggett leonardHenry Clay Daggett, merchant, was a brother of Ephraim Merrell Daggett. Henry Clay Daggett, historian Garrett wrote, had ridden with Middleton Tate Johnson and Ripley Arnold when they selected the location for the new fort in 1849. That year Daggett and Archibald Leonard operated a small store selling staples at Traders Oak in today’s Samuels Avenue neighborhood.

1850 census farmersGeorge Preston Farmer and wife Jane had been squatters on the site chosen for the fort in 1849. “Uncle Press” became the fort’s first sutler (civilian provisioner). (Photos from Tarrant County College NE.)

1850 census white John White was listed as a farmer, but he also drove a freight wagon between Tarrant County and Houston and Galveston to fetch supplies for the fort and for local merchants such as Daggett and Leonard.

1850 census MT johnsonMiddleton Tate Johnson was listed as a mere “farmer,” but by 1850 he was already the county’s wealthiest person, listing the value of his real estate at $25,000 ($680,000 today). He owned a lot of real estate in addition to his plantation at Johnson Station. Johnson was instrumental in organization of the new county. (Photo from Tarrant County College NE.)

1850 census slaveIn October census-taker Hogan also enumerated slaves in Tarrant and Ellis counties. Middleton Tate Johnson was easily the largest slave-owner with twenty-nine persons (both “black” and “mulatto”), ranging in age from one to forty.

1850 census robinsonSome historians say farmer Archibald Robinson and Middleton Tate Johnson claimed ownership of the land that the fort was built on.

1850 census brinsonMatthew Jackson “Jack” Brinson (1826-1901) was the son-in-law of Middleton Tate Johnson and probably lived adjacent at Johnson Station. Historian Garrett wrote that Brinson and Bob Slaughter built Fort Worth’s first brick store building in 1856. In 1857, during the Fort Worth-Birdville rivalry for county seat, Fort Worth supporter Brinson exchanged gunfire with Birdville supporter Samuel Tucker. Tucker was killed. Brinson was acquitted. Photo is from the December 15, 1912 Star-Telegram.

1850 census littleHistorian Richard Selcer in The Fort That Became a City wrote that one of the fort soldiers once stole a pig from the farm of William Little, who lived north of the river. When Major Arnold found out about the theft, he ordered the remains of the slaughtered pig to be hung around the soldier’s neck. The soldier was then tied to a post in the July sun.

1850 census standiferJ. M. Standifer, “farmer & physician,” had served the fort as a civilian doctor until he was relieved by Army physician T. H. Williams.

1850 census edwardsCensus forms inevitably contain errors. “Lemuel Edward” was Lemuel James Edwards (1805-1869), father of Cass Edwards, who was born in 1851. Lemuel and family settled on the Clear Fork in today’s southwest Fort Worth in 1848. Lemuel Edwards was murdered by his son-in-law.

1850 census terrellEdmund S. Terrell is said to have been the first white settler in this area, having come here as a trapper during the days of the republic in 1843. In 1844 Terrell and fellow trapper John P. Lusk were captured by Indians. Historian Selcer in The Fort That Became a City says that Terrell operated a trading post at Live Oak Point (near Traders Oak) and that it was turned into a general store in 1849 by Henry Clay Daggett.

After the Army abandoned Fort Worth, Terrell opened the area’s first bar, the First and Last Chance Saloon, in one of the fort buildings. Terrell was elected Fort Worth’s first city marshal in 1873.

1850 census lonesome dovePerhaps the first church in the new county was Lonesome Dove Baptist Church, established at today’s Southlake in 1846. Among early members were preacher John Allen Freeman and wife Nancy, Henry Suggs and wife Saleta, Felix and Rachel Mulliken, James W. and Mary Anderson, Susanna Foster, James P. Halford, Lucinda Throop, and Mary Leonard (wife of Archibald Leonard). Lucinda Throop, age fourteen, was possibly the daughter of Charles Throop, in whose log cabin the church was founded.

Freeman preached at the fort at least once, historian Selcer wrote in The Fort That Became a City.

1850 census edwards-johnsonThe juxtaposition of households in this census can create the impression that folks were neighbors. For example, Middleton Tate Johnson is listed right after Lemuel J. Edwards. But Johnson settled in south Arlington, and Edwards settled in what is today southwest Fort Worth.

1850 census 1885 Tarrant CountyDuring that week in 1850 census-taker William Hogan and his horse covered many a mile over mostly open prairie. On this 1885 county map I have located the homesteads of just a few of the settlers mentioned here, from Lemuel J. Edwards in the southwest on the Clear Fork to preacher John Allen Freeman in the northeast near Grapevine. (1885 county map detail from Pete Charlton’s “1000+ Lost Antique Maps of Texas & the Southwest on DVD-ROM.”)

Oh, don’t you wish that census-taker William Hogan had kept a diary and had made sketches of the people and places he saw as he counted noses?

By 1860, when the next federal census was taken, the fort indeed had become a city. Well, a town anyway. By 1860 the swords of Major Ripley Arnold and his men would be seven years gone. Only the plowshares of the farmers would remain. The number of “free inhabitants” of Tarrant County would increase almost tenfold to 5,170. The town of Fort Worth that had sprung from the Army’s Fort Worth would have a population of about 450.

A century later census-takers in Fort Worth would count 356,268 noses.

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First United Methodist Church: A Beatitude in Brick

On October 30, 1930—one year and one day after breaking ground—the congregation of First Methodist Church walked en masse from its old home to its new home four blocks away. The building was designed by church member Wiley Clarkson. (Some history of First United Methodist Church.)

Some views of the First United Methodist Church building:

church first unitedlook up first united niche closelook up first united tower topentry first united methodist

look up first methodist archeslook up first united reveal

glass first methodist 1night first methodistlook up first united methodist quatrefoilFour quatrefoils.

look up first united quatrefoil threeNine quatrefoils.

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One More River to Cross

Here are some steel-and-wood reminders of the age of steam, when Cowtown was a railroad center, and trains had to cross the Trinity River (and its tributaries) to get into town.

H&TC trestle berry with stacks The Houston & Texas Central railroad built this bridge over Sycamore Creek in southeast Fort Worth near Mansfield Highway. The date 1906 is cut out in stencil at the top. The H&TC served Fort Worth under that name from 1889 to 1928. Through mergers it was absorbed into Union Pacific. Down the line are two smokestacks of an old solid-waste incinerator just east of Echo Lake.

trestle berry dateSomeone didn’t duck.

rock island bass towers

South of East 4th Street, a bridge (1903) of the Rock Island line. Dead ahead are D. H. Horton Tower and Wells Fargo Tower.

rock island TRE trainsTrinity Railway Express from Dallas.

3 trestles 3 bikersThree bridges, three bikers. These bridges (c. 1900) near Samuels Avenue were once the property of the Fort Worth & Denver City, Rock Island, and Santa Fe railroads. The Katy railroad also used the FW&DC bridge.

3 trestles amtrak chicagoAmtrak’s Texas Eagle from Chicago headed south.

3 trestles union pacificUnion Pacific headed north.

3 trestles googleThis Google aerial shows that the three crossings use five spans.

trinity tarantulaA Grapevine Vintage Railroad train headed from Trinity Park to 8th Avenue on a bridge (1931) of the Fort Worth & Rio Grande. The track later belonged to the St. Louis-San Francisco (Frisco) railway and served the nearby Chevy plant, Montgomery Ward store, and E. G. Rall grain elevator.

marine creek wooden rr bridge marine creek

marine creek trestle Two crossings of Marine Creek just south of the packing plants used by the Grapevine Vintage Railroad, which travels the old Cotton Belt track.

red river train gvrr wideThe 1902 bridge of the Red River, Texas and Southern railroad near Oakwood Cemetery.

red river trestle sunsettrestle red river 4

cone red river

wooden rr bridge red river boltWood and steel.

Need more speed? One-minute train video clips:

Cowtown in Motion: Slow Train Draggin’

Cowtown in Motion: Big Trains, Little Trains

Cowtown in Motion: Union Pacific No. 844 Movin’ on Down the Line

Cowtown in Motion: Union Pacific No. 844 Catching Its Breath

Cowtown in Motion: All Aboard

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Connections: From Nutt Lake to Reddy Kilowatt

Google aerial photos are taken and presented to us using the latest in technology, of course: satellites and the Internet. But once in a while the labels on these photos are downright antediluvian. For example, below is a recent Google aerial photo of the courthouse, Trinity River, and Paddock Viaduct:

power google nuttThose of you familiar with the area may be scratching your head over two labels on the photo:

1. Franklin Street once connected the north end of Houston Street downtown with Courthouse Avenue (today’s White Settlement Road) via the Franklin Street Bridge over the river. What is labeled “Franklin Street” on the photo is just a path alongside the river between North Taylor Street and Tarrant County College’s Trinity River Campus East.

2. There is no Nutt Lake east of the Paddock Viaduct.

power 52 aerialAh, but for about forty years there was a Nutt Dam on the Trinity River just west of the viaduct. So, I guess that technically you could called water impounded by Nutt Dam “Nutt Lake,” although I have yet to see that place name on an old map or in old newspaper articles. I have located the dam on the 1952 aerial with a yellow N. The dam also is shown on maps of 1915 (center) and 1939 (bottom). (Map details from Pete Charlton’s “1000+ Lost Antique Maps of Texas & the Southwest on DVD-ROM.”).

The dam was removed soon after the 1952 aerial photo was taken as the Corps of Engineers dredged and straightened the river channel and built levees for flood control in response to the flood of 1949.

power dam todayBut it appears that a remnant of Nutt Dam has survived. This week while poking around that area I found this section of iron pipe railing atop a concrete abutment sixty feet west of the viaduct on the south bank of the river. The railing and abutment were partially obscured by vegetation (and are located just a few feet off that “Franklin Street” path).

power water over nutt dam 9-15-11Compare that photo with this September 5, 1911 Star-Telegram photo showing water running over Nutt Dam. Note the iron pipe railing on both ends of the dam. In the background is the North Main Street iron bridge, which the Paddock Viaduct would replace in 1914.

power dam 2 NsThe yellow N in the 1952 aerial (inset) shows the location of Nutt Dam. The yellow N in the contemporary Google aerial shows the location of the iron pipe railing atop a concrete abutment that I photographed this week.

But, you ask, what connection could there be between Nutt Lake and Reddy Kilowatt?

power nutt buys 8-23-10Enter the man himself: Joseph Randolph Nutt (1869-1945) of Cleveland, Ohio. In this August 23, 1910 Star-Telegram clip don’t let that word cashier fool you. Nutt was not a cashier in the “next window please” sense. Nutt was a friend of President Herbert Hoover, treasurer of the Republican National Committee from 1928 to 1933, and a financier. For example, Nutt bought Fort Worth’s two electric companies and announced that he would build a $1 million ($24.6 million today) generating plant for his new Fort Worth Power & Light Company near the confluence of the West and Clear forks of the river. An adjunct of the generating plant would be Nutt Dam on the river south of the plant and just west of the North Main Street bridge.

power nut mug and house 1912Joseph Randolph Nutt and his house in Cleveland, which he built as he was building the Fort Worth generating plant.

power sanborn 1911This 1911 Sanborn map, printed soon after Nutt bought Fort Worth Light & Power Company, shows the old generating plant with a new name at East 6th and Calhoun streets. Note the railroad spur in East 7th Street to deliver fuel to the plant.

power ground 5-16-11On May 15, 1911 ground was broken—with a plow—on the new plant, which by then had a $1.5 million price tag. At 250 feet the plant’s smokestack would be taller than any building in town. Clip is from the May 16 Dallas Morning News.

The new generating plant was just part of a building boom in Fort Worth, spurred in part by the Stockyards and packing plants. The intersection of the river and North Main Street was an especially busy place: In December 1912 work on the Paddock Viaduct began. The city was also building four other bridges over the river.

In addition Fort Worth was building the West Fork reservoir (later named “Lake Worth”). In September 1911 the city awarded a contract of $512,982 ($12.6 million today) for the dam and a pipeline to carry water six miles to the city. Work began on September 25, 1911, and the lake was filled on August 19, 1914. Lake Worth was built, in part, in response to the South Side fire of 1909.

power 225 mil gallons nutt dam 7-14-11This Star-Telegram clip of July 14, 1911 says Nutt Dam would hold 225 million gallons of water.

power 7 miles 5-1-13 dmnNutt Dam was only twelve feet high, but it and the mighty Lake Worth dam allowed the city to control the level of the river. Indeed, this Star-Telegram clip from May 1, 1913 shows that the West Fork was now navigable in a small launch from Nutt Dam seven miles upstream, which would have been about to the Lake Worth dam.

But J. R. Nutt built his eponymous dam to provide water for the steam necessary for his new generating plant. Because the river was confined between the high bluffs on the south and the generating plant on the north, any “Nutt Lake” formed behind the dam could not have been very wide.

power to open 6-23-12On June 23, 1912 the Star-Telegram announced that the plant would open September 1. Such predictions are rarely accurate. The plant was completed in early 1913. Note that the clip says the original building measured only 98 by 102 feet.

power sharing 8-6-12On August 6 1912 the Star-Telegram announced that Fort Worth would become the “Southwest’s greatest electric center” as the new plant supplied electricity to cities 150 miles south.

power spread 9-15-12On September 15, 1912 the Star-Telegram ran this feature about the plant as it neared completion, showing the coal hoist, the turbines, the tall arched windows. The story said “not a piece of wood has been used in this building, even the window frames being of steel.” Note that vice president was cattleman George T. Reynolds, who lived for sixteen years with an Indian arrowhead in his back.

power double capacity 5-30-13 dmnOn May 30, 1913, not long after the plant began operation, the Dallas Morning News announced that the plant would be enlarged to double its generating capacity. A second smokestack and more boilers would be installed.

power sanborn 1926By 1926 this is what the power plant looked like, with numerous water and oil tanks, cooling towers, and three concrete chimneys (labeled “conc ch”). Note the railroad tracks to deliver fuel from the north.

power reddy 4-27-37 dmnIn 1929 Texas Electric Service Company (TESCO) took over the plant. Reddy Kilowatt came along in the 1930s as the perky corporate spokesbolt for electric companies like TESCO and Dallas Power & Light. Clip is from the April 27, 1937 Dallas Morning News.

reddyBy 1948 Reddy had the appearance that is more familiar to us. Clip is from the Fort Worth Press.

Reddy Kilowatt-Music-LoResSee a Reddy Kilowatt TV commercial.

TESCO became a subsidiary of Texas Utilities Electric Company in 1984. In 1999 “TXU” became the new name. TXU shut down the generating plant about 2000. About 2004 Tarrant County College District bought the property when TCCD envisioned building a trans-Trinity River campus downtown. That didn’t happen, but TCCD still owns the property. The last of the plant’s four tall smokestacks were torn down in 2005. The interior has been gutted. Now the old power plant sits in neglect, its future doubly uncertain because of the ambitious Panther Island “urban waterfront neighborhood” planned for that area. Coincidentally, Panther Island will include a thirty-three-acre Town Lake just upstream from where Nutt Dam was. As for the historic power plant, will it be demolished, or could the former home of Fort Worth Power & Light be renovated to find a second life as a centerpiece of Panther Island? Panther Power!

Somewhere amid all this change Reddy Kilowatt, too, disappeared, perhaps taking early retirement to go fishing, maybe on Nutt Lake.

Some views of the generating plant:

power from paddockView from the viaduct.

window power plant

power 4 windowspower window archpower stack basesBases of six cooling towers.

power smallpower sidespower corner

power barbed wireThe old plant has taken on a prison-like appearance.

power under archThe power plant seen from under an arch of the viaduct.

power 3 iconsThree historicons: the power plant, the viaduct, and the courthouse.

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Hello, Walls: When Corners Are a Canvas

Call it “artitecture”: the art that architects create in the design of our public buildings. Here are six artistic corners of buildings, all at least eighty-five years old.

corner hotel texas 2012Hotel Texas (Sanguinet and Staats, 1921).

corner binyonBinyon-O’Keefe Storage (Sanguinet and Staats, 1917).

corner flatironFlatiron (Sanguinet and Staats, 1907).

corner fort worth clubFort Worth Club (Sanguinet and Staats, 1926).

corner gasLone Star Gas (Hedrick, 1929).

corner woolworthWoolworth Building (Clarkson, 1926).

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Of Poetry and Doughetry

Everyone knows there’s just no bread in poetry, but sometimes there’s poetry in bread. Well, at least in the breadmeister.

eagle 1900 censusWalter Joseph Doherty was born in County Kerry, Ireland in 1861 and came to Texas at age twenty. Clip is from the 1900 census.

eagle-makers 1Image is from Makers of Fort Worth, 1914.

88By 1888 Doherty operated a grocery store on the near South Side on South Main at Ireland Street. Ireland Street is now Cannon Street. Clip is from the city directory.

eagle photo 10-22-08In the late 1890s Doherty founded the Eagle Steam Bakery on South Main. His bakery would become, in those pre-Minnie Baird days, one of the largest in the Southwest, capable of baking twenty-five thousand loaves of bread a day. Deliveries were made by horse and wagon. Clip is from the October 22, 1908 Telegram.

eagle naturalized 9-20-6On September 20, 1906 the Telegram reported that Doherty had become a naturalized citizen.

eagle 10-22-8This ad in the November 22, 1908 Telegram by Fort Worth’s Medlin Milling Company called Doherty’s bakery the largest in Texas.

eagle-makers 2This caricature of Doherty, also from Makers of Fort Worth, alludes to his other interest: writing poetry.

eagle poems 1907 1909These poems were printed in the Telegram in 1907 and Star-Telegram in 1909. Like the poetry of the Burma-Shave roadside signs that began in 1925, each Doherty poem, no matter how sentimental, ended with a plug for his products.

eagle census 6-15-11In 1911 the “bigger is better” Star-Telegram offered $10 for the best poem about “Why will Texas lead all other states in population when the 1920 census is taken?” Doherty listed Texas’s mineral resources and also seemed to allude to the Houston Ship Channel, which opened in 1914. (In the 1920 census Texas would be fifth in population.) Clip is from June 15.

eagle feature 11-21-15 stOn November 21, 1915 the Star-Telegram published a feature about Doherty, describing how the “barefooted Irish school boy” in Killarney exasperated the schoolmaster—to the point of cane thrashings—by surreptitiously scribbling lines of poetry instead of applying himself to his lessons in spelling or long division. “Three delightful little volumes” of Doherty’s poems had been published “within the past few years,” the newspaper wrote.  His later poetry, the newspaper said, was “tinged with a sadness” after the death of his daughter Mary Cecilia in 1910 at age twenty.

eagle el paso 1907 cdDoherty prospered and lived on El Paso Street on Quality Hill. Neighbors included attorney James Swayne and millionaire cattleman George Reynolds. Clip is from the 1907 city directory.

eagle obit 10-30-34 dmnW. J. Doherty died in 1934. Clip is from the October 30 Dallas Morning News.

eagle graveWalter Joseph Doherty is buried in the Calvary section of Oakwood Cemetery.

Some views of the Eagle Steam Bakery Building (Weinman, 1895) on South Main, built on the site of Doherty’s grocery store of the 1880s:

building eaglelook up eagle 1

corner eagle 2Beautiful brickwork.

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Cool It! Pull Up a Porch and Sit a Spell

Now that the summer heat has moderated, and we can sit outside without the need for a body squeegee, it’s porch weather. Here are some porches (all of them at least eighty years old) seen downtown and on all four sides of town:

porch allenHouse (1920) on Allen Street on the near East Side. Note the half-cove shingles.

porch grand ross 1917Waddy R. Ross house (1917) on Park Street at Grand Avenue on the North Side.

porch on mayHouse (1920) on May Street on the near South Side.

porch dulaneyOilman Richard Otto Dulaney’s house (1923) on Elizabeth Boulevard.

porch st. pat rectoryRectory (1908) of St. Patrick Cathedral.

porch talbott-wallTalbott-Wall house (1903) on Samuels Avenue.

porch pollock-cappsPollock-Capps (1899) house on Penn Street, named for physician Joseph Pollock and attorney William Capps.

porch hi mount 1925House (1925) on Bunting Avenue in Hi Mount on the near West Side.

“Well,” I hear an indignant lady on College Avenue sniff, “these are all well and good, but what about Fairmount? Why is it not represented here?”

Fairmount, a veritable showroom of sitter-certified porches, will be the subject of its own porchapalooza here after the Ides of March.

Can’t wait that long? Then try Sit a Spell and Raise a Glass of Tea to Front Porches Past

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