Fort Worth in Tarrant County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Hell's Half Acre
Illegal activities in Hell's Half Acre were tolerated by city officials because of their importance to the town's economy. The district prospered in the 1880s and added to Fort Worth's growing reputation as a rowdy frontier town. Famous gamblers Luke Short, Bat Masterson and Wyatt Earp and outlaws Sam Bass, Eugene Bunch, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid are known to have spent time in Hell's Half Acre.
A 1906 newspaper headline calling the district Fort Worth's den of sin and refuge of criminals was representative of periodic efforts to clean up the district. These efforts proved unsuccessful until Army officials at Camp Bowie, established here during World War I, helped local officials shut the district down.
Erected 1993 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker
Location. 32° 44.896′ N, 97° 19.665′ W. Marker is in Fort Worth, Texas, in Tarrant County. Marker is on Houston Street (Business U.S. 287) south of 12th Street, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Located near the Fort Worth Water Gardens. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1440 Houston St, Fort Worth TX 76102, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Site of Saint Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Church (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); St. Ignatius Academy Building (about 600 feet away); St. Patrick's Cathedral (about 700 feet away); Fort Worth Main Post Office Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); John Peter Smith (approx. 0.2 miles away); Flatiron Building (approx. ¼ mile away); Fort Worth Library (approx. ¼ mile away); JFK (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Worth.
Also see . . . Hell's Half Acre, Fort Worth. The Handbook of Texas Online, Texas State Historical Association (Submitted on February 12, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
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