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May 12th, 2010 – by: Andy99
Downtown is an eclectic mix of restored and repurposed two-story buildings, new low-rise buildings built to look like Old West buildings, and office towers from the early 20th century to present. Fort Worth is very aware of its history and historical markers are found everywhere! On the suggestion of a colleague, I sought out the Sid Richardson Museum on Main Street. The small art museum contains a collection of Western paintings by Charles M. Russell and Frederic Remington. What a gem! Viewing less than 50 paintings, I felt I came to understand the style and purpose of both famous Western painters better than in a visit to a much larger museum. At the head of Main Street, I wanted to see the Tarrant County Courthouse, an imposing structure completed in 1895.
I came to Sundance Square on Wednesday evening for dinner and to wait for nightfall for more night photography. I'd already selected Riscky's Barbeque as my dinner destination. It was interesting to learn the story of Riscky's. It was founded as a deli by an immigrant from Poland. He sold meat sandwiches to stockyard cowboys and from his sandwiches developed the sliced Beef Brisket barbecue sandwich I enjoyed for dinner. I thought about the similarities with Eastern European immigrants founding delis in New York and Montreal. In all three places, the European deli meat sandwiches have evolved into a icon of the locality. I also had an interesting conversation with the waitress at Riscky's. Like everyone else I met in Fort Worth, she wanted to know where I was from, as well as how I had found Riscky's.
After dinner, I could hear live music nearby. The Square was jumping with a Texas Music Series outdoor concert. Young people jammed the space to catch the music. The girls were dressed in short denim skirts and cowgirl boots, traditional clubbing attire in these parts. (LOL--I remember girls who would now be these girls' mothers wearing the same attire 30 years ago!) The crowd enjoyed the sounds of the Josh Abbott Band and I stayed off to the side for a while to listen. I discovered there was a lot of music in Fort Worth.
I left the crowd enjoying their live music festival to see more of the Square at night. The Barnes and Noble bookstore was open until 10:00 p.m. and had a late night clientele. Bass Performance Hall was brightly illuminated. Two huge angels with trumpets proclaimed it as a temple of music. (The theatre was "dark" however. The next attraction would be Little House on the Prairie The Musical.) I liked the way many other buildings around the Square were illuminated with beads of lights highlighting their outline. Many opportunities for photos as I made my way back to the Omni Hotel.
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