History

1910′s

  • The Boulevard serves as the main corridor through the World War I Army Training Center.
  • Military begins construction of the military post.
  • Over 300 construction workers and engineers from all over Texas forge buildings, subsequently equipping the area with telephone, electric and sewer lines.
  • Oilfields in Northwest Texas are discovered, making Fort Worth a major distribution center for oil field supplies; thus, bringing an influx of high-paying jobs to the area.
  • Professionals settle in areas around Camp Bowie, such as the Arlington Heights neighborhood, Rivercrest and Monticello.

1920′s

  • Camp Bowie is paved with Texas Thurber bricks.
  • The Boulevard serves as a streetcar line, which is the automobile route for commuters, as well as the major transportation route to the West Texas oilfields.
  • One-story retail shops, churches, a Masonic lodge and a stucco gas station is constructed and serves the adjacent bungalow neighborhoods.

1930′s

  • Although the Depression slows growth on the west side, developments in Ridglea continue.
  • U.S. enters into World War II; west side continues to grow.
  • Streetcar service along Camp Bowie is terminated.

1940′s

  • End of World War II.
  • Consolidated Aircraft Corporation (later Carswell Air Force Base, and now Naval Air Station Fort Worth Join Reserve Base) opens and provides a large employment center; thus, spurring the construction of homes, duplexes and apartments for the bomber plant’s workers.
  • Dependence on the automobile for transportation grows with postwar suburban growth; the freeway is established.

1950′s

  • Fort Worth’s economy is bustling, and west side development continues.
  • Large-scaled commercial developments continue to grow, such as A.C. Luther’s Ridglea Village, Ridlgea Hills and Ridglea West.
  • Built to accommodate the automobile, Ridglea Village is constructed in a Mediterranean-style, featuring red tile roofs, two-story brick walls and wrought-iron balconies.
  • The iconic Ridglea Theater opens its doors, repeating the Mediterranean theme.

1960′s — Present

  • Americans continue to sprawl into suburban areas.
  • Many military families move into the surrounding neighborhoods of Camp Bowie West.
  • Route 66-style hotels and motels spring up along the western portion on the Boulevard; some still remain today.
  • Camp Bowie District is currently considered a top travel destination. It houses the nation’s best museums, treasured local eateries and boutiques, along with bungalow homes that have been historically restored from the Boulevard’s early years.