The Actual First 
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Not only was Fort Worth's new Santa Fe Rail Market not the first Public Market in Texas---a bizarre claim made repeatedly in news articles in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and in the Rail Market's print advertisements---the Sante Fe Rail Market isn't even the first Public Market in Fort Worth. The actual first Public Market in Fort Worth is located just a short distance from the current so-called Public Market, and within a short distance of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's offices.

pubmark2.jpg (35056 bytes) The first Public Market in Fort Worth was in a large building designed in an eclectic blend of styles; Spanish Colonial, Italian Baroque and Art Deco. The building's style very much matches the style of the remodeled Fort Worth Convention Center and other older buildings in the area.
pubmark.jpg (45451 bytes) The Texas Historical Commission apparently felt Fort Worth's first Public Market warranted historical marker status. The text on the marker makes no mention of the first Fort Worth Public Market being the first in Texas, which is one of the more bizarre claims made by Fort Worth's current supposed Public Market.

The text on the marker says the Fort Worth Public Market Building was 'built to provide market space for local farmers, vendors and retail businesses'. A mission statement very similar to Fort Worth's second Public Market, the slowly failing Santa Fe Rail Market.

pubmark3.jpg (36726 bytes) Fort Worth's first Public Market opened in 1930 and closed in 1941. Here you see the stained glass window spelling out 'Public Market', on the tower that is the centerpiece of the Public Market building.
pubmark4.jpg (27589 bytes) A view showing the entry to the original first Public Market in Fort Worth.
pubmark5.jpg (21119 bytes) This is the view of what the first Public Market in Fort Worth faces. Looking across the stalled Lancaster Avenue redevelopment, where the old I-30 overhead freeway used to be, towards the Convention Center and Rail Market location. For Fort Worthians or others interested in seeing the first Public Market in Fort Worth, it is on Henderson, just north of the new I-30.


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