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Fort Worth Flood: 1949

Fort Worth Flood: 1949

This was taken during a flood in 1949 in front of the 7th Street Theatre in Fort Worth Texas, on the corner of 7th Street and University, known locally as "Six Points". Photo by Lee Angle. I used to work for Lee in the 80s, and he gave me this negative and many others he was throwing out during one of his many clean-and-toss sessions. I always thought it was a fantastic photo, so I thought that I'd share it. View full size.

The Great Flood

Great photo. I showed this to my parents who told me of the "great flood." Although they tell me they believe Six Points was farther east. The intersection of Belknap, Riverside and Race street. Near Haltom City.

Come Hell or High Water

the movies SHALL go on!


I love it that people appear to be attending "Shockproof" despite the flood.

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