srbmod From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 17267 posts, RR: 51 Reply 2, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2792 times:
Quoting sccutler (Reply 1):
Not sure when the last scheduled 121 flight was- probably some time before 1970, as I recall wandering the terminal (what a gem it was!) around then, and it had no airlines serving then.
The field closed to regular ops when DFW opened, as the airports irreconcilably interfered with each other
AA was the last airline to serve GSW and they ended service in 1969. I'm not sure of the service though, as the link below does mention that towards the end of scheduled service there, services were some intra-Texas services as well as service to LAX. More than likely the last route there was AA's service to LAX.
The saga of that airport is an interesting one to say the least and had the original plans back in the 1930s for it to be a joint airport not collapsed due to the City of Dallas dropping out of the project in 1942 over the location of the terminal building (It was to be sited closer to Ft. Worth than Dallas, so they dropped out of the project and got WPA funding to improve DAL.), we probably would have never had the Wright Amendment nor would the current DFW airport been built. Ft. Worth tried to make the airport a regional one to serve both cities, but Dallas' arrogance doomed those attempts over the years doomed the airport. What was really odd was that some airlines had service that originated or terminated at DAL that had a stop at GSW.
26point2 From United States of America, joined Mar 2010, 741 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2746 times:
This is an interesting thread. I recently stayed at the DFW Marriott South, built just south of the old terminal site. I remember reading about the old airport many years ago and had a hunch it might have been nearby. Sure enough. From the top level of the hotel you can still see vaguely where the north-south runway ran. Now a field built qiuckly being develeped upon.
The pump house referenced in the website above as the only remaining structure is gone now I'm pretty sure. A road there now.
Went for a run to search out the trees still standing from the old terminal road approach. Not obvious but a slight circle pattern of trees is evident.
Certainly most people who work or live in the area are not aware of its unique history.
AAIL86 From Finland, joined Feb 2011, 396 posts, RR: 2 Reply 4, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2610 times:
Runway 18/35 became Amon Carter Blvd, which is of course is the street that AMR's headquarters building is on. I always found that ironic. In the early days of its use as a road, its been said they simply painted a double yellow stripe down the runway and connected it to the surrounding streets. The part of the runway that extended past Hwy 183(which used to cross the runway under a tunnel) is still very visible on your right when traveling westbound. On Google earth: 32°49'54.60" N 97°02'55.33" W
Quoting srbmod (Reply 2): we probably would have never had the Wright Amendment nor would the current DFW airport been built
You are certainly correct about the city of Dallas' long history of arrogance regarding Carter Field/GSW and later DFW, but I'm not sure the GSW site would have remained in use anyways. The current site at DFW is a far better location, as even when Carter Field was built it was restricted on three sides (railway and Trinity river to the south, and highways to the west and north). In the end, the right decisions were made for the area, major international airport at DFW and limited use facilities at DAL.
I find it strange that there's quite a bit of history at that site, but no markers of any kind or indication of what was there. Probably that's because the sentiment in Fort Worth at the time was that Carter Field was a costly failure, but its still significant enough to deserve a bit of recognition....
Speaking of that history, most people are aware that Delta has had two fatal crashes at DFW, but there was indeed a third at GSW in 1972, when a DC-9, N3305L crashed on a training flight while attempting to take off behind an American DC-10. All 4 on board were sadly killed.