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

Meacham Field

 
 
Meacham Field Texas Historical Marker image. Click for full size.
By QuesterMark, August 20, 2016
1. Meacham Field Texas Historical Marker
Inscription. On July 3, 1925, the Fort Worth city council approved a lease on 100 acres of property on Decatur Road for the city’s new municipal airport. It was built to replace the city’s first municipal airport at Barron Field, a World War I-era flying training field near Everman. After passage of the Air Mail Act (Kelly Act) in 1925, airlines began flying the mail over Contract Air Mail (CAM) routes. As headquarters of the 11th district of the U.S. Post Office Railway Mail Service, Fort Worth offered an ideal location to tie together ground and air distribution. On May 12, 1926, National Air Transport Co. (later United Airlines) flew the field’s first air mail flight to Chicago.

On July 16, 1927, the airport’s name changed to Meacham Field, in honor of former Mayor H. C. Meacham. Soon several airlines began to offer passenger service on the CAM routes. By 1931, the airport had expanded to 280 acres. On April 4, 1937, Meacham Field’s new Art Moderne Terminal (the first air-conditioned passenger terminal in the U.S.) and control tower were dedicated.

During World War II, in April 1943, American Airlines was awarded a contract to train U. S. Navy pilots at the airport on the Douglas R4D (DC-3) transport. In May 1943, the navy commissioned the airport as a naval auxiliary air facility and established a ferry service unit to coordinate
Meacham Field Marker on the grounds of the Fort Worth Aviation Museum image. Click for full size.
By QuesterMark, August 20, 2016
2. Meacham Field Marker on the grounds of the Fort Worth Aviation Museum
cross-country fighter and torpedo bomber deliveries to the pacific and seaplane ferrying services at nearby Lake Worth. When Fort Worth International Airport opened in April 1953, commercial airline operations moved there. Afterward, Meacham Field Developed into one of the world's leading airports for general and corporate aviation, flight training and aircraft repair.
Marker is Property of the State of Texas

 
Erected 2015 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 18103.)
 
Location. 32° 48.313′ N, 97° 21.354′ W. Marker is in Fort Worth, Texas, in Tarrant County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Roass Avenue and West Long Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. This marker stands on the grounds of the Fort Worth Aviation Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3300 Ross Avenue, Fort Worth TX 76106, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Thannisch Block Building (approx. 1.2 miles away); Fort Worth Stock Yards Entrance (approx. 1.2 miles away); The First Bulldogger (approx. 1.2 miles away); The Coliseum (approx. 1.2 miles away); Early Quarter Horse Shows (approx. 1.2 miles away); Fort Worth Livestock Exchange (approx. 1.2 miles away); Fort Worth Stock Yards Company (approx. 1.2 miles away); Thomas B. Saunders Family (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Worth.
 
More about this marker. The dedication ceremony and unveiling were held August 20, 2016 at 11:00am.
 
Also see . . .  Fort Worth Aviation Museum. (Submitted on August 22, 2016.)
 
Categories. Air & SpaceWar, World II
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 22, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 20, 2016, by QuesterMark of Fort Worth, Texas. This page has been viewed 144 times since then and 61 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 20, 2016, by QuesterMark of Fort Worth, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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