Les Crocker's


"A most unusual little newspaper."


Editions: (01); (02); (03); (04 ); (05); (06); (07); (08); (09); Orders: E-Mail Us


And Various Other Great Information


This being a narrative of my wanderings, journeys and explorations in and about Tarrant County



36th Division U.S.A., passing review, Fort worth Texas, April 11th, 1918
Library of Congress Photo


The Journal is a fascinating hodgepodge of information, tips, stories, jokes and personal experiences for arm chair adventurers. Cleverly printed on the cheapest newsprint we could find to keep subscription costs ridiculously low.

Each issue literally bulges with articles, letters, quotes, tidbits and offbeat trivia. One reader said, "This is bathroom reading at its best." Another said, "I saw your newspaper at a friend's house, and I couldn't put it down; so, I stole it. Please send me a subscription to replace the one I stole."

Tarrant County Courthouse looking north from Main Street, completed in 1895. It was constructed at the price of $408,840.
It was thought that this was too much to pay for a courthouse so the county officials responsible were thrown out of office.
The courthouse is a four story building of red granite in Renaissance Revival Style. The walls at the base of the building are five feet thick.
In 1843 General Edward H. Tarrant and General W. Terrell met at the abandoned Birds Fort in the northeastern corner of Tarrant County (then named Navarro County). They negotiated with the leaders of nine Indian tribes. This resulted in the signing of the "Birds Fort Treaty".
The Treaty called for an end to conflict and established a line separating Indian lands from Territory open for colonization. This is how Fort Worth became known as the city "Where The West Begins".

This photo was taken by me years ago. The sign and and motel are gone now. The past is fast slipping away. ---------------------------------------->


Fort Worth, Texas (1876) Looking South


In each issue except #1 we have a section called the Texas Roadside
Journal, which includes stories and pictures of counties other than Tarrant. In Issue #7 we feature the Texas segment of old Route 66.


In Issue #1
Where Longhaired Jim Courtright and Luke Short are buried.. Photo of Butch Cassidy and the Wild Bunch… Where Lee Harvey Oswald is buried.

In Issue #2
Fire Station #5, The White Elephant Saloon, Pioneer Rest Cemetery… Who is Bessie? In this Issue we start up The Texas Roadside Journal section.

In Issue #3
The Golden Goddess…The Lake Worth Monster story…Who was Paddock?…Over the back fence….Subway for Animals…The Pollock-Capps House…La Grange Field

In Issue #4
Fire Station #1….Standing on a corner in the Stockyards….Things I have learned, reflections…. In The Texas Roadside Journal section….Aurora, Texas, where the flying saucer crashed.

In Issue #5
Thistle Hill…..7th Floor of the Flat Iron Building….Interview with an old tree….Where to find the grave of "Machine Gun" Kelly.

In Issue #6
The site of Herman Park….May 16, 1949 The Great Fort Worth Flood…Tarrant County Courthouse baluster mystery…. In The Texas Roadside Journal..old iron bridge across the Paluxy River.

In Issue #7
Fort Worth Fire Dept. Station #1…1879 Fort Worth Saloons….First bathtub in Fort Worth….The Weiler house in Handley. In the Texas
Roadside Journal - The Texas segment of old Route 66.

In Issue #8
We find out who Bessie is…..Photo of Tivoli Theater lobby… From The Texas Roadside "Who are you, little girl?"….On the road with Les and Neva.

In Issue #9
The famous Palace Theater light bulb….The Springtown Hangman's Hollow…..The Red River plunge of Bonnie and Clyde…..You know your in a small town when….

Get your kicks on what's left of 66…..
We explore the Texas Segment of Route 66 from Texola, McLean, Groom, Amarillo, Vega, Adrain and finally to Glenrio.

Before I published the "Tarrant County Historical Journal" I published a whole series of one page publications titled "More of Les". Some of the
jokes and stuff found their way into the "TCHJ",
but some didn't.

The Vagabond Journal - An unusual collection of sketches,
drawings, photos, stories and other stuff that I have observed during my passage in this thing called life.

Muffler Men Sightings - Just who are these strange
silent metal men that you see outside a lot of muffler
shops? Here are some we have seen while on the road.

Oakwood Cemetery has been called "The Westminster Abbey of Fort Worth". Gunslingers, Lawmen, Cattle Barons, Oilmen, State Governors, Military Heroes, Bartenders, Prostitutes and the Oddball. Their final resting place here at Oakwood Cemetery.

These faces and places were taken randomly without prior planning, mostly on impulse, without the subject being aware. Non posed pictures are much better than having to tell your subject "to say cheese".
"Pioneer Rest Cemetery". Located on Samuel's Avenue is the oldest cemetery in Fort Worth. Pioneer Rest has been known as "The City Cemetery", "Samuel's Avenue Cemetery" and "The Old Cemetery".
" The Photo Archive of the Universe" is a various and sundry collection of Fort Worth Photos depicting a way of life long past.
Each photo will tell a tale, bring to life, make one see, reminisce, romanticize, recapitulate, and relive the past.
These photos are here to remind us of what we have forgot and of course they are for sale. So come on in and check them out. You will be amazed.

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 This being a narrative of my wanderings, journeys and explorations in and about Tarrant County

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