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Rocket Club attracted variety acts to Jacksboro Highway

Posted July 1, 2016

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William Byron Smith was born in Long Street, La., and came to Fort Worth in 1946. He built and operated the Rocket Club, 2130 Jacksboro Hwy., until his retirement in 1973. His wife, Cordia Iones Smith, was co-owner and operator of the Rocket Club. She died on July 23, 1995.

William D. Satterwhite was the manager of the club during this time before he moved to the Skyliner Club. The acts that played at The Rocket consisted of ballroom dancers, acrobats, jugglers, magicians and comedians.

In this photo, circa 1948, two dogs dance during Lucy Danlo’s Canine Review at the Rocket Club.

The Fort Worth Library maintains a record of photos and mementos from the Rocket Club. Probate Judge Steven King, who presided over the estate of William B. Smith in 2004, donated the collection to the library.

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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