Legendary Locals of Fort Worth (E. Youree and J. Kurkowski-Gillen)
Legendary Locals of Fort Worth (E. Youree and J. Kurkowski-Gillen)

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Fort Worth is "the City of Cowboys and Culture" -and where the West begins. Its citizens highlight the Texas can-do spirit and the determination and compassion to make a difference, to be legendary. When Buckley (B.B.) Paddock persuaded the railroad to lay track west of Dallas, a city was born and so was opportunity. Cowboys like T.J. Ryon rode into town with their cattle. J. Frank Norris preached against the vices in Hell's Half Acre while Jennie Schueber tried to rally support for a free library. Feisty entrepreneurs like Ninnie Baird and John B. Laneri baked bread and sold pasta noodles. "Cowtown" also boasts such notables as Edna Gladney, who helped countless orphans find a home; the Clark brothers, who brought Texas Christian University home; and Claude R. Platte, who bravely served as a Tuskegee airman. These fine folks are just a sampling of Fort Worth's fascinating -and sometimes infamous -characters.

This 127-page text features more than one hundred colorful and influential characters from Fort Worth.