Fort Worth's Oakhurst Neighborhood (L. Willis)
Fort Worth's Oakhurst Neighborhood (L. Willis)

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In 1924, civic leader and developer John P. King promoted Fort Worth's Oakhurst neighborhood as "country life for the city man." He appealed to those who wanted space for artesian water, cool breezes, gardens in a hillside setting, and a utopian atmosphere for their children. King made a park-like neighborhood in a part of Riverside just a few miles from downtown Fort Worth. Thoughtful landscape design and charming architecture are hallmarks of this all-American neighborhood, beloved for its small-town, community feel well into its 90th year.

Author Libby Willis has written extensively about the history and architecture of Oakhurst, and she led the successful 2010 listing of the Oakhurst Historic District in the National Register of Historic Places. For this book, she has drawn on university and institutional archives, private collections, online sources, and the family albums of residents, past and present. Many of the images within have never been shared before.