Amon G. Carter, Sr. (1879-1955) - Historical Marker
This historical marker describes the life and legacy of one of Fort Worth's most consequential figures of the 20th century, newspaper publisher and entrepreneur Amon G. Carter, Sr. (1879-1955), who played a key role in Fort Worth's economic development. He is most known for founding the Fort Worth Star-Telegram in February 1909. He also established WBAP, the city's first radio station in 1922 (it would later become the first TV station in the South and Southwest in 1948). Carter used the paper and radio station to vigorously promote the city around the state and country, employing the phrase "Where the West Begins." He was ultimately successful. A few successes included: oil companies moved to Forth Worth and built skyscrapers; the state established what is now Texas Tech University; as president of the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce, Carter was largely responsible for bringing the first airplane to the city; and, the company that is now American Airlines moved to Forth Worth from Dallas. Carter was also a philanthropist, establishing the Amon G. Carter Foundation in 1945, which supported education and cultural programs.
Backstory and Context
"Amon G. Carter, Sr. (1879-1955)." The Historical Marker Database. Accessed July 22, 2019. https://www.hmdb.org/marker.asp?marker=52283.
Procter, Ben H. "Carter, Amon G., Sr." Handbook of Texas Online. Accessed July 22, 2019. https://tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fca69.