Celebrating 150 Years of the Chisholm Trail: ‘Hell’s Half Acre’ in Fort Worth

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Consisting of brothels, boarding houses, saloons, gambling parlors, and a very few mercantile businesses, “Hell’s Half Acre” was a 22,000 square foot ward which saw the presence of such personalities as Etta Place, Bat Masterson, Doc Holliday, Butch Cassidy, Sundance Kid, Luke Short, Sam Bass, and Wyatt Earp. A true, yet sometimes painful recollection of the American West, by 1919, the “Third Ward” of Fort Worth was disavowed as a den of iniquity resulting from the Protestant lectures of J. Franklyn Norris and the law enforcement efforts of Timothy Isaiah (Longhair Jim) Courtright.



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