As this clip from the July 12, 1899 Register shows, Fort Worth began paving streets with bricks late in the nineteenth century:
Brick paving continued into the 1930s, and many of the bricks came from Thurber. Granted, the North Side, West Side, and downtown have most of the remaining bricked streets in town. But the South Side and the East Side have a few stretches of brick that haven’t been replaced by concrete or slathered over with asphalt. (Colonel A. D. Jones owned Jones Brick and Terra Cotta Company of Zanesville, Ohio.)
South of the Convention Center, Main Street’s bricks have been covered by asphalt. But here and there, especially at intersections, our past is showing. Such as at the intersection of South Main and Broadway in front of a building built in 1926. (That’s one of the new B-cycles rented from a bike-sharing station on East Daggett.)
And bricks peek out of the asphalt at the intersection of South Main and Annie streets. The exterior of the building is much altered, but if just looking at it makes your sweet tooth throb, that’s because for two decades the building housed Simon Hubig’s bakery and the American Pie Company.
Just two blocks south, the corner of South Main and East Cannon streets is a scene little changed in decades. The building (1895) once housed Eagle Steam Bakery.
At the corner of Daggett and Bryan streets is another postcard from the past. Beyond the bricks is the Salerno Building (1909), where Jacob Salerno operated a saloon and grocery a century ago. During Prohibition Salerno’s saloon dispensed (wink wink) “soft drinks.”
In January 1917 the Star-Telegram reported (complete with dialect!) some excitement at the Salerno Building. (The robber was called the “‘Movie’ Robber” because the previous night a crowd of pedestrians had gathered to watch passively as he robbed three men in succession at gunpoint near the T&P station.)
Tomorrow: Follow the Red Brick Roads (Part 2)