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Fort Worth Flashback: Our first federal building and post office

Posted April 27, 2015

First post office

This 1899 photograph shows Fort Worth’s first federal building and post office. The structure was built with federal money in 1896 and housed the post office, federal courts and a weather bureau.

The building cost $200,000.

The City of Fort Worth purchased the building in 1937 and used it for office space until it was demolished in the 1960s. The red sandstone building was on Jennings Avenue at the current location of City Hall, across from Saint Patrick’s Cathedral.

The Fort Worth Library has approximately 10,000 items pertaining to the history of Fort Worth and Tarrant County. These items include city and county government documents, newspapers, directories, cemetery association records, maps as well as popular and scholarly books written by local authors or about local subjects. To learn more, call 817-392-7740 or email the Genealogy, History and Archives Section.

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