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Sending me in new directions, she undoubtedly saved me countless hours. The staff of the Fort Worth Public Library's local history department answered my questions, searched through their collections for related materials, and repeatedly dragged out the Casa Mañana scrapbooks, each of which must weigh at least thirty pounds. I also received invaluable assistance from the staffs of Dallas Public Library, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Library, Ohio Historical Society, Cleveland State University Library, University of Georgia Library, University of Texas Center for American History, New York Public Library, and New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center.

Correspondent William F Thornton of the Dallas Morning News complained that the $250,000 allotted to the city "for its proposed memorial to the livestock industry of Texas" had placed it "above Gonzales and Goliad," sites granted only $50,000 apiece for memorialization of the Fannin massacre and the first shot for independence. " 15 Thornton's reaction simply reflected that of several members of the centennial's historical advisory board. Immediately after the announcement of the Fort Worth grant, three members of the board, including its chairman Lou W.

Greenwood's attorney claimed that " . . 26 Page 9 While William Monnig and the frontier board possessed the business acumen necessary for dealing with design, construction, and funding, Carter, gregarious, sometimes impulsive, and outspoken, had far more "hands on" experience at one-upmanship. He had earned a reputation for staging colorful publicity stunts intended to promote the growth of his city and thereby increase the circulation of his newspaper. Until his death in 1955, Carter served as self-appointed ambassador-at-large from Fort Worth to the rest of the world, gaining notoriety for the city through flamboyant boosterism and well-publicized friendships with Franklin D.

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