HISTORY

 

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.

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