Legacy of the Downtown YMCA in Fort Worth

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The Amon G. Carter, Jr. Downtown YMCA, built in 1924 and opened for business in 1925, holds many memories for Fort Worth residents.  What do you remember? Did you swim in the nude? (When the YMCA was just for boys & men, swimming in the nude was the accepted custom!)  Did you attend boxing classes or see any matches? Do you remember coming down for a day on a casino pa natet Saturday and going to get a 15 cent hamburger?

We”ve heard lots of stories from long-term members who can remember as far back as the early 1940s.  We hope to share some of those memories with you soon. Share with us your memories, too.  We”d love to hear them!

The 1920s


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Welcome to the blog celebrating the 120-year history of the YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth. In this blog, we will have information for those interested in history, Fort Worth or the YMCA – month by month, decade by decade.

Were you a YMCA member or participant years ago? Do you remember camp outs at Camp Carter or swimming at the Downtown Y? We invite you to share your YMCA memories in this blog – let us know what you remember or what you enjoy most now as a member of the YMCA. We can’t wait to hear from you!