The Swartz Brothers Legacy Program: March 4, 2021

Richard Selcer 400wJohn, David and Charles Swartz moved from Virginia to Fort Worth in the late nineteenth century and established a photo studio.  The Swartz brothers made a visual record of the years when Fort Worth grew from a frontier outpost to a bustling western city.  Their most famous legacy is the photo of the Wild Bunch, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and friends, which was made in the brothers’ studio in November 1900.  

Join our March first Thursday meeting to learn more about the Swartz brothers from historian Richard Selcer.  Selcer was born in Fort Worth in 1950, the same year that Leonard Brothers Department Store installed the city’s first escalator and when the statue of Will Rogers was dedicated in front of Will Rogers Coliseum.

Selcer’s other books include Hell’s Half-Acre: The Life and Legend of a Red-light District (TCU, 1991), Lee vs. Pickett: Two Divided by War (Thomas Pubs., 1995), and Legendary Watering Holes: The Saloons That Made Texas Famous (Texas A&M Press, 1994). Learn more.

Selcer also leads walking tours and bus tours of Fort Worth. His favorite themes on those tours are crime and vice, trail-driving days, the Stockyards and Fort Worth’s black and ethnic history. 

Selcer is a graduate of Austin College and earned a doctorate from TCU. He has taught at Tarrant County College, Dallas County Community College, among others in Texas, the U.S. and eastern Europe. He is a member of the Tarrant County Historical Commission.