The “Other” Main Streets: From Pep Boys to Doughboys (Part 3)

Today, while everyone else is downtown for day 3 of the Main St. Fort Worth Arts Festival, we continue our tour of the “other” Main streets, beginning at the Trinity River and moseying north (see Part 1, Part 2).

Paddock Viaduct (1914) and courthouse (1895).

bridge paddock reflection 1reflection bridge paddock blue moonPaddock Viaduct under a blue moon.

View from the Paddock Viaduct toward the confluence of the Clear and the West forks of the Trinity River and another historicon, the power plant, which opened in early 1913.

power cornerwindow power plantThe old power plant.

Detail of the North Fort Worth Police Department building (1913).

building 2411 north main piggly

From 1920 to 1933 the building at 2411-13 North Main housed a Piggly Wiggly grocery store. Note the brickwork above the windows.

grocery piggly 1342 mainAnother former Piggly Wiggly store at 1342 North Main.

Well-preserved ghost sign on the alley wall of the Maverick Hotel (1906) at Exchange Avenue.

Bricks and the Thannisch Block Building (1913) at Exchange Avenue.

main thannisch 2Corner of the Thannisch Block Building.

bench from doors stockyards mainBench made from doors.

lodge masonic stockyardsbuilding stockyards lodge 1244Masonic Stockyard lodge 1244 (1910) at 2408 North Main.

Detail of the Auto Tire and Top Building (1929).

first impressions stockyards columns at 26thFormal entrance to the Stockyards area.

horse ryon'sNorth Mane: Horse at Ryon’s Saddle & Ranch Supply.

southwest merchants exhibits building balconyMerchants Exchange Building (1911).

longhorn north main 2animal cow cattlemenTwo denizens of the Stockyards area on North Main.

Tomorrow: The “Other” Main Streets: From Pep Boys to Doughboys (Part 4)

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2 Responses to The “Other” Main Streets: From Pep Boys to Doughboys (Part 3)

  1. earl belcher says:

    Super cool. Ref part 2, the neat old car at S and S. When I was a kid I thought it would be neat to live inside. So you went under the viaduct, at night, with a full moon. You are a true reporter all right. I hope you had a Mac 10. Police intel has homeless folks down there. There are lots of ghosts on North Main . . . so be careful.

    • hometown says:

      Thanks, Earl. That little car was up on that pole before the fathers of the current S&S mechanics were even born.

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