We had the good fortune of connecting with Pam Burnett and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Pam, do you have a favorite quote or affirmation?

“To communicate the truths of history is an act of hope for the future.” Daisaku Ikeda. When we reach into the past to find historic facts or images, we open up our minds to learn, we increase our knowledge. As we learn of past actions and thought processes of individuals or confirm the beauty/ugliness of what was we, in turn, enlighten our own sense of how to move forward. We can question the reason why things happened and seek our own answers through individual research. We hope something will trigger others to journey their own course of inquisitiveness and learn from others who have walked the same paths we tread now. Our followers are the future of this great city! We look to educate about the past, to help envision the future. So many great characters have walked the streets of Cowtown, so many entrepreneurs have brought to fruition their own dreams and ideas of Panther City, and artists have captured many eras through film, paintings, and photography of our Funkytown. No matter the interests you favor, Fort Worth has a place for you! As a curator of Fort Worth images, facts and stories, I hope to bring a widening point of view to this city’s residents. For a younger generation, may they discover they walk in the paths of many who came before, many who had similar ideas, ways of exploring and entertaining. For those who remember the “yesterdays” in Fort Worth, may they be encouraged to share their stories. Oral history of their own memories is best when shared with many in a social platform so others can ask questions or tag someone who would be eager to learn. At Fort Worthy History we encourage everyone to share, share pictures, share memories, but most of all share the love of Fort Worth!  

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?

Fort Worthy History is not a business. We do not sell anything or profit from the post. We do it for the pure joy of spreading the knowledge of our city’s history. Making it clear how the past is still with us in many of the buildings still standing that we see today. Knowledge is empowering and it brings a sense of pride. I hope that as you walk the streets, or drive by a certain area of town you can share with others something you learned from Fort Worthy History. The road has been smooth and a learning experience since starting Fort Worthy History in September 2016. With each historic/archived picture, there is a story to be told. Researching, writing, and creating images (then & now, picture in pictures) are time-consuming, but the end result is enjoyable. When someone says, “I didn’t know that!” or “I love this page. I learn so much.” I am filled with joy. Spreading knowledge and sparking interest in the city’s history is very satisfying. So, is there a struggle? The only struggle is not having enough time in the day to research, create and post. What sets us apart from other social media accounts is the creative pictures we use. We use archived materials mixed with now day pictures to link the past with the present. If you can recognize it from today and see what it was in the past a solid connection is made, one that you will not forget. I am most proud of the way Fort Worthians have been drawn to the historic value of city’s past. They (the followers) are always ready to learn something new and can’t wait for another post. At Fort Worthy History we have created an online community of friends who support each other in their own creative works. We are always looking for a post to share (repost) from others that highlight our city and it’s past. We have come to know that we are not the only ones with a big heart for Fort Worth!

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?

I would take my visiting best friend to Sundance Square downtown who wouldn’t adore the fountains and big folding lighted umbrellas? Next dinner at Reata on the rooftop! Then over by the Burnett building (Fort Worth’s first skyscraper) down the alley to the Scat Jazz Club for the best music. Head to Fort Worth Stockyards for a trip into nostalgic Cowtown. Sit on a longhorn for a #cowtown pic! Attend a rodeo at Cowtown Coliseum, line dance at Billy Bob’s. Stay a night at the haunted Miss Molly’s B&B or a night at the Stockyard’s Hotel in the Bonnie and Clyde room! Breakfast at H3, hop on a saddle, and say “Yee haw!” to some bacon and eggs with a dash of habanero sauce. How about an afternoon tour of Winfield Scott’s home or as you may know it, Thistle Hill? Then off to tea at The Ashton Hotel…pinkies up! Definitely would have to drive the bricks of Camp Bowie and stop at Bluebonnet Bakery for a tasty pastry treat! We haven’t made it to the number one Zoo in the land yet, let’s go! Fort Worth Zoo…a must to check off! Our feet might be tired and tummy’s empty. Are we ready for dinner? Mexican Inn on Henderson is my favorite, we’ll be cutting through downtown from the Zoo to catch a glimpse of the beautiful pink granite courthouse. Stepping through the double glass doors and seated by the iconic blue and yellow tiles, I’ll be telling you about all the many times I ate here as a child. Ready to dive into some homemade chips & salsa and the best tortillas around? Yum yum!! Oh…time to catch the Fort Worth Orchestra at Bass Hall! There is so much to do and see in Fort Worth, my friend needs to stay at least a week! 

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?

I dedicate my shoutout to those who pulled me into my journey and quest for Fort Worth history.

To God who gave me the curious nature and inquisitiveness to journey this road. My faith plays a major role in my love for people and I have enjoyed meeting so many through this platform. Through Christ, I look to bring peace and calm to those who need a place to seek a quiet refuge of the acceptance of a friend, no matter that it’s through social media. If I can bring a smile to someone’s face through sharing then I am thankful.

To my ancestors, who began life in the territory that would become Tarrant Country when there was only a Fort to speak of. Finding their way through the Republic of Texas, to make a home out of nothing and having the foresight to create businesses and churches to bring together what would soon be known as Fort Worth. The Foster family part of the Peter’s Colony from Missouri developing the area of Grapevine, Archibald Franklin Leonard who along with Henry Daggett established the first civilian store (1849) in Fort Worth that serviced the men at the Fort. Leonard would be known also for creating the mill of Randol Mill.

To my big brother, Mike Musgrove. We started our passion for Fort Worth about the same time, though separately. He is master of all things Fort Worth and his knowledge amazes me! You can find him on Facebook in the History pages/groups for Fort Worth dazzling the masses with his collection of pictures, sense of humor, and his Fort Worth History Riders collecting video of then and now locations in Cowtown! We love to collaborate and give each other tips; I am so thankful to have family that shares in my passion!

My own shoutout to the work that is done by area historians like Richard Selcer. The fantastic historical websites of Hometown Handlebar, Mike Nichols and Architecture in Fort Worth, John T. Roberts. The many archivists of places like UTA Libraries Special Collection, Portal to Texas History, UNT, Heritage Room at North East Tarrant County College, and the Library of Congress. Shoutout to all the Fort Worth residents and businesses that support me and encourage me daily. 

My last dedication goes to my own immediate family, Kevin, Josh, and Ryan Burnett. For all the times my mind was distracted by research or chasing the next point of interest in Fort Worth to capture a photo to share, I can’t thank you enough. You put up with a lot! Love to each one of you!

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Image Credits
Special Collection University of Texas Arlington Library The Portal to Texas History-University of North Texas Fort Worth Star-Telegram Newspaper

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