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Fort Worth in Tarrant County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Fort Worth Belt Railway

 
 
Fort Worth Belt Railway Texas Historical Marker image. Click for full size.
By QuesterMark, November 14, 2015
1. Fort Worth Belt Railway Texas Historical Marker
Inscription. Beginning in 1904, the Belt Railway serviced the Fort Worth Stock Yards. The arrival of the railroad in Fort Worth in 1876 moved the cow town from a regional economic player to a national force. The Stockyards Corporation, chartered in 1895, created a belt railway system to handle the movement of livestock and supplies into the yards and finished products out to the national market. As road traffic grew in the mid-1920s, the Belt's role began to diminish. By 1978, the Texas & Pacific and the Missouri Pacific railroads gained full control of the Belt. In 1988, the Fort Worth and Western Railroad purchased what was left of the Belt. The remaining two miles of line are now used as an access route by an excursion train to the National Historic District.
Marker is property of the State of Texas

 
Erected 2014 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 17927.)
 
Location. 32° 47.34′ N, 97° 20.679′ W. Marker is in Fort Worth, Texas, in Tarrant County. Marker is at the intersection of East Exchange Avenue and Packer Street, on the left when traveling east on East Exchange Avenue. Click for map. Marker stands at the southwest corner of the northeast Stockyards parking lot. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Worth TX 76164, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Fort Worth Belt Railway Marker in context image. Click for full size.
By QuesterMark, November 14, 2015
2. Fort Worth Belt Railway Marker in context
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Armour & Company (within shouting distance of this marker); Armour and Swift Plaza (within shouting distance of this marker); Swift & Company (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Worth Livestock Exchange (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fort Worth Stock Yards Company (about 600 feet away); Quanah Parker (about 600 feet away); Fort Worth Stockyards Horse and Mule Barns (about 700 feet away); Early Quarter Horse Shows (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Fort Worth.
 
More about this marker. The Dedication Ceremony for this marker was held at 9:30AM on November 14, 2015.
 
Categories. Railroads & Streetcars
 
<i>Swift & Co., Plant, Fort Worth, Texas.</i> image. Click for full size.
circa 1910
3. Swift & Co., Plant, Fort Worth, Texas.
This photograph shows the Swift Plant, with a bit of the Belt Railway in the foreground, and was taken from the marker site, or more precisely, from the rooftop of the shed just behind the marker shown in Photo 2.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by QuesterMark of Fort Worth, Texas. This page has been viewed 182 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by QuesterMark of Fort Worth, Texas.   3. submitted on . • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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