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Subway shuttled shoppers to Leonards, Central Library and beyond

Posted April 3, 2016

From 1963-2002 Fort Worth had the only private subway system in the United States.

Approximately .7 mile long, the line had four stops downtown, including the Fort Worth Central Library. Originally known as the Leonards M&O Subway, it was later purchased by Tandy Corp.

Leonards was a one-stop shopping destination that stretched across several blocks downtown. Shoppers could go to Leonards for fashion, automotive parts, groceries, toys, animal feed and more.

The store, which opened in 1918, was sold to Tandy Corp. in 1967. It continued to operate under the Leonards name until being sold to Dillard’s in 1974.

A refurbished Leonards M&O Subway Car now sits in the lobby of One City Place at 300 Throckmorton St. in downtown Fort Worth.

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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