Fort Worth's Huge Deal


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Fort Worth’s Huge Deal builds on historic and documented data to unwind a twisted legend . . . and track down events before and after 1889 news about a Denver entrepreneur and “the largest real estate transaction ever recorded in Texas.” More than 4,000 acres of largely barren land evolve into a vital community as you travel through a century filled with potholes, side trips, erroneous directional signs and occasional dead ends. The book’s account of Arlington Heights and Fort Worth’s Westside gives rise to several mysteries and a surprise conclusion.

As a board member of Arlington Heights Neighborhood Association, a Code Blue patroller and a Code Compliance volunteer, Jim Atkinson walked every block of the Westside with recorder, notebook and camera. His walks led to five-plus years of Atkinson-Wood research. Read more about the authors.

A few of the topics in Fort Worth’s Huge Deal

  • 100th Century Division
  • 36th Infantry
  • Alamo Heights
  • Alfred Crebbin
  • Army Camp Bowie
  • Canadian Aviators
  • Carswell AFB
  • Deep-Water Scheme
  • English Syndicate
  • Floods: 1908, 1922, 1949
  • Fort Worth University
  • Gulf-to-Rockies Scheme
  • Holmes Castle
  • Humphrey B. Chamberlin
  • J. Stanley Handford
  • Ku Klux Klan
  • Lake Como Pavilion
  • Lake Garda Trolley
  • Meadowmere Club
  • Myth of 20
  • Robert McCart
  • Scottish Syndicate
  • Spanish-American War
  • Stove Foundry
  • Vernon & Irene Castle
  • Williams Sisters Murders
  • Ye Arlington Inn
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