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Product Details

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Eakin Press; 1st edition (December 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1571682503
  • ISBN-13: 978-1571682505
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #489,706 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's a fun read.
WmR
I live in Dallas, Texas and this was especially interesting since it covered the adjoining cities near and along the Jacksboro Highway.
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It was in great shape.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Greg Hall MSSW on January 18, 2001
Format: Paperback
Dr Arnold does an excellent job of taking hold of a sizable hunk of Fort Worth history and recording it in a very readable fashion. A number of pictures are also included to help visualize the antics of early Fort Worth residents (and visitors).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ROBERT BAUCOM on June 10, 2011
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Hard to put down. I knew most of the streets and address mentioned. Born in '37, a lot of this took place during my formative years. There were big headlines when ever they found a gangster's body in an old water well. Front page when the gambler and his pregnant wife were blown up in their car early one morn.
Jacksboro Highway was rather notorious in my youth. My uncle had an auto repair shop on it. It got so bad, he sold out in the '40's and moved to Lubbock Texas. The west side of Fort Worth had numerous houses and buildings that were or had been gambling places.
In 1957, I rented a home on Washburn St. a few blocks from Will Roger's Colosseum. I asked the landlord why there were so many glass paned doors down both sides of the middle of the house. He said, during the 30's it had been used for gambling. The doors were to let many of them get away during a raid.
My late father had always suspected that the police and especially the sheriff were paid off in those days. He would have relished seeing it in print.
Mentioned the book to a friend that had once managed a private club on Jacksburo highway. He got so interested, he got out his old copy of the book and reread it :-)
BTW, A lot of the beer joints and vending companies in Fort Worth are still owned (under the table) by organized crime.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By mary mcnett on March 27, 2002
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this is a very interesting book especially for those of us who live in fort worth texas. all kinds of neat facts about one of our most popular highways. all about the gangsters and gamblers. ann arnold did a fantastic job on writing it.
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By WmR on April 9, 2014
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This book certainly paints a lively and provocative picture of Fort Worth's history. Who knew? I have been reading the book to my father, who has Alzheimer's. He was a young man, living in Fort Worth during that period of time. I've been amazed by the memories and recollections that this book has provoked from him. It has been a delight! I would highly recommend this book to every Fort Worthian and Dallasite, to readers who would be intrigued by a true (and relatively unknown) history of American gangsters and corruption, and to anyone else who has ever driven down Fort Worth's Jacksboro Hwy. It's a fun read.
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By bill o'dowd on February 3, 2014
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Was looking to hear better tales about the old gamblers. There's still poker action at coupla places on Jacksboro Highway. Have heard a lot of tales from those dwindling numbers of the old guys, like a Chevy salesman slipping a new El Camino out the back to pay a marker, for instance! This book was written by an academian rather than a raconteur. All good but kinka like reading a newspaper.
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fun to know facts, but put together like a bunch of instances not a full story of how it all meshed together
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By Laurene G. McLaughlin on December 11, 2013
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Had purchased this book from the author and lost it. Purchased this to replace my book. It was in great shape.
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Growing up on the North Side of Ft. Worth I am very familiar with the Jacksboro Highway area. I graduated from North Side High in 1951. The son of the Grand Jury Foreman was my football team mate. I had no idea at the time that this was going on, however we always knew there was a lot of shady activity down the hill from " dear old North Side on the hill".
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