Fort Worth's Arlington Heights

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On the prairie west of Fort Worth, British-born Humphrey Barker Chamberlin commissioned a model mansion, grand hotel, trolley line, lake, and waterworks in the early 1890s. He launched Chamberlin Arlington Heights as an opulent suburb reminiscent of his Capitol Hill enclave in Denver, then lost his overextended empire in the silver panic of 1893. Although several more well-to-do families established homes near those of the original "Heights pioneers," development progressed slowly. With the coming of World War I, local leaders persuaded the U.S. Army to build Camp Bowie across much of the sparsely settled area, providing infrastructure. A bungalow boom followed, with housing additions for the middle class and annexation by Fort Worth. As the 20th century drew to a close, preservationists sought protection for the legacy of built treasures within the neighborhood.
ISBN: 9780738578934
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Texas
Series: Images of America
Images: 220
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Juliet George, a native and longtime resident of Arlington Heights, holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Texas and a master's in history from Texas Christian University and previously served as archivist for the Dallas Jewish Historical Society. She is an adjunct instructor of history at Weatherford College and a Spanish teacher at Springtown High School. In searching for this book's photographs, she surveyed family albums, private collections, university and museum archives, and online resources.
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