From artwork that decorates concrete bridges to sculptures that honor the contribution of Mexican cattle-herders, here are some spots in Fort Worth that highlight the Latino community.
Amon Carter Riverside High School
Can you believe this school was once just a single-room schoolhouse? In 1876, in what is now the Riverside neighborhood, existed the community school system known as Trinity Bend. It wasn’t until 1922 that the school became part of the Fort Worth educational system and later remanded to Amon Carter Riverside High School in 1941. The site is home to Texas Historical Marker No. 153
Dewey Street Bridge and 1404 NE 28th Street
These two city bridges are decorated by the artwork of Leticia Huerta
. Traditional Mexican embroidery work adorns the NE 28th Street Bridge. “Embroidery Dreams
” is a series of colorful glass tile murals, sidewalk medallions and detailed relief work. Here you can see the use of floral, geometric and animal motifs. This particular piece made in 2012 celebrates the neighborhood's large Latino population and Charro roots.
In “Leather Roses and Stars” on Dewey Street Bridge you can see how Huerta features imagery drawn from the clothing and objects of cowboys and cowgirls. The mosaic and concrete work from 2014 includes leather-working motifs cast into the concrete bridge.
Vaquero de Fort Worth
Between downtown and the historic Stockyards stands a sculpture
that pays homage to the cultural and economic contributions of the Mexican cattle herders. The more-than-10-foot-tall bronze Vaquero was installed on the corner of North Main Street and Central Avenue in 2012. The sculpture commemorates and preserves the Hispanic history in Cowtown.
Marine Skate Park
One many things that makes Marine Creek Park
stand out from others in Fort Worth is that the Queen of Tejano music, Selena Quintanilla, performed here in 1993. So, while you picnic or take a walk, listen to her tunes such as “Como La Flor” and “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom.”
Northside Branch Library
While the Northside Branch Library
is temporarily closed, one can still stop and admire the “Untitled
” mural adorning the backside of the library. The artwork's modern feel is reminiscent of works found in the newly developed Foundry District corridor, yet this work was painted in 1986. Anthony Dominguez (1960-2014), a Fort Worth Native and TCU alumni, was the artist who created the colorful mural.
The Foundry District
To finalize the historic route, head on over to The Foundry District
to see one of the state’s only permanent outdoor art galleries. The murals are painted by artists across North Texas, including talented Latino artists Mariell Guzman, Carlos DonJuan and Favio Moreno.
Northside Community Center
Located a few blocks down from the library is the Northside Community Center
. There you can view “Rebirth of Aspiration
” a mural painted by Manuel Pulido in 2010. The two-part mural inspired by a multi-cultural folktale touches the themes of non-violence and personal responsibility.