Fort Worth's Oakhurst Neighborhood

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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—the creator of a confectionery company known for "King's candies for American queens"—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.
ISBN: 9781467131162
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Texas
Series: Images of America
Images: 215
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Libby Willis, a longtime resident of Oakhurst, holds degrees in English, French, and journalism from Baylor University. The first director of the southwest office of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, she 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.
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