Vote for the “Best Photographer” in Fort Worth

Dear Friends,

 The year was 1959  and just out of Tech High School , I purchased my first camera, a Kodak Tourist folding Camera using 120 size film from the Camera Dept. of a store in Downtown Fort Worth. I still have the same camera, however today I use a digital camera. You probably cannot find 120 size film today.
Way back in the early 60’s or so, I worked in Fort Worth for “Wally Of Hollywood” as a Photographer. I took Portraits of Children and Family’s. Over a period of about a year I went into homes around Fort Worth plying my trade. I really enjoyed being a Photographer. I suspect that even today in photo albums around town that many hundreds of the Photos that I took can still be seen. I have also been very busy photographing all things Fort Worth and posting them on my web site.  The reason I am telling my life history in Photography is because “Fort Worth Texas, The City’s Magazine” is having their Best of 2015 coming up soon in their magazine. One of the category’s is “Best Photographer” I am asking you to look at the Photos on my web site and if you see fit, vote for me. So far, I have one vote, I voted for myself. You can vote for me at http://www.fwtx.com/contest/…/service/2015/best-photographer  The Vote ends April 1ST.  Thank You, Les Crocker.

Well, it is finally beginning to looking like I did not win the “Fort Worth Texas, The Citys Magazine” Best of 2015 “Best Photographer”. My invitation to the big party at Sundance Square the other night was evidently lost in the mail and the big Limo sent to fetch me most likely got drowned out what with all the rain we had here in the Springtown area. So, many thanks to the vast multitudes of loyal followers who voted for me. As Curley of the three Stooges would say, I will most “Soitenly” try again next year. Whoop, Whoop.

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African American Cemetery

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African American Cemetery sits on top of a hill overlooking Lake Arlington to the South and Handley to the North.

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The Cemetery is cared for by The Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church 1901 Aminda Ave Fort Worth.

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East Lancaster, Spur 303 and the Railroad run parallel to the Cemetery.
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Because of it’s out of the way location, it is subject to vandalism.
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It is said the Cemetery has over 600 graves, but only a hundred or so have markers.
A lot of these markers are just a rock in the ground.
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Sometimes you will see a penny or a nickel on a Grave. That means that someone
who cares for you has visited your Grave.
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View Of Lake Arlington to the South. That was a Valley before Lake Arlington was put in.
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View of Handley to the North.

Handley Cemetery

Located at E. Rosedale St. and Halbert St. is the Handley Cemetery, 1852-1967. The Cemetery is just South of the original Depot on land once owned by the T&P Railroad.

Located at E. Rosedale St. and Halbert St. is the Handley Cemetery, 1852-1967. The Cemetery is just South of the original Depot on land once owned by the T&P Railroad.

The earliest marked grave dates from 1852 and the last burial was in 1967.

The earliest marked grave dates from 1852 and the last burial was in 1967.

The Handley Cemetery was once known as the Presbyterian Cemetery and is the oldest Cemetery in the Handley area.

The Handley Cemetery was once known as the Presbyterian Cemetery and is the oldest Cemetery in the Handley area.

Quite a few Civil War burials here.

Quite a few Civil War burials here.

There are about 170 graves here.

There are about 170 graves here.

Handley was named after Major J,M, Handley who fought for the South in the Civil War and was buried here in this Cemetery.

Handley was named after Major J,M, Handley who fought for the South in the Civil War and was buried here in this Cemetery.

Major Handley was later moved and reburied at Rose Hill Cemetery just down  East Lancaster a bit.

Major Handley was later moved and reburied at Rose Hill Cemetery just down East Lancaster a bit.

The Cemetery has quite a number of elaborately carved grave stones.

The Cemetery has quite a number of elaborately carved grave stones.

The Spanish American War.

The Spanish American War.

Wonder what the story is about this one? This is my favorite one.

Wonder what the story is about this one? This is my favorite one.

Wonder if the Grave Robbers found what they wanted?

Wonder if the Grave Robbers found what they wanted?

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ALL PHOTOS TAKEN ON LOCATION BY LES CROCKER