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    WILL ROGERS COLISEUM

    by Debbie M. Liles

    ISBN: 9780738585482
    # of Pages: 128
    Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
    On Sale Date: 07/02/2012

    From the book's description:
    "Few buildings in Fort Worth are more iconic than the Will Rogers Coliseum and Auditorium. Built in 1936 as a part of the Texas Centennial celebrations, it stands as a tribute to the spirit of patriotism and pride with which it was constructed and to the optimism that it represented. The list of events that have been held at this venue includes World War II bond drives, Golden Gloves boxing competitions, the symphony, the opera, rock concerts, high school graduations, the Ice Capades, evangelical gatherings, and, of course, the Fort Worth Stock Show. As each decade passes, new demands challenge the role the complex may serve in the future. It is hoped that this book will contribute in some small way to the preservation of this amazing structure."

    Will Rogers Coliseum, Fort Worth TX 1936 photo
    (Fort Worth Public Library.)
    "Progress was marked by August 1, 1936, when this photograph was taken."
    Will Rogers Coliseum cowboy relief, Fort Worth TX 1936 photo
    (Photo Dalton Hoffman)
    "Shown here being hoisted into place is one of two reliefs of a cowboy riding a bucking horse. The cast-stone artwork was among the few decorative elements not cut out of the budget; they are are on each side of the Coliseum."
    Bust of Will Rogers, Will Rogers Coliseum, Fort Worth TX
    (Photo Amon Carter Museum.)
    "The bust of Will Rogers sits on a pedestal in the Tower's rotunda. Created by Joseph Edward Lipe, it was cast by Roman Bronze Works in New York for $135 using the lost wax method."
    Will's Playmates statue, Will Rogers Coliseum, Fort Worth TX
    (Photograph by John Mazziotta, courtesy of Scott Barker.)
    "The Will Rogers statue was called Fort Worth's most photographed object" by Life magazine. This image, featured in the January 23, 1950 issue, was titled: "Will's Playmates.""
    Will Rogers Coliseum, Fort Worth TX 1937 photo
    (Fort Worth Star Telegram.)
    "Hendrick and Withers performed their final inspection on January 20, 1937. and PWA Project No. Tex 1342R was declared officially finished. It is a monument to the determination of all who were a part of the construction."

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    Reprinted with permission from Will Rogers Coliseum, by Debbie M. Liles. Available from the publisher online at www.arcadiapublishing.com
    or by calling 888-313-2665.

    Our thanks to Arcadia for supplying sample images and captions taken from the book.

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