The Como neighborhood, about five miles west of the Fort Worth Central Business District, lies on the western border of Arlington Heights, and includes six original surveys made between 1854 and 1874.

The H.B. Chamberlain Investment Company of Denver, Colorado, built the Lake Como dam in 1889. The area included a beautiful recreation resort with pavilion, casino and amusement rides, and was named for Como, Italy. A power plant was also constructed on the lake to furnish power for the street car line which provided transportation between the lake and Ye Arlington Inn, on the present corner of Merrick and Crestline.

In 1894, the Inn burned down and the Chamberlain Investment Company failed in the financial panic of 1893, forcing them to sell the resort.

The lake was a center of young peoples' festivities with pageants, water carnivals and fish bakes. Lillian Russell, an actress and singer popular in the "Gay Nineties," visited the lake and was impressed by the large body of water. After the sale of the resort, the lake continued to be the center of events, such as the 1906 "A Night in Venice" which featured boats decorated with lights and named for the belles of the city. Miss Imogene Sanguinet's boat won first prize and a dance followed with 250 people in attendance.

As a result of the financial panic and resort sale, the lots in the Como area sold for very little money. With the land to the west of the lake so cheap, the domestic servants who worked in affluent Arlington Heights and River Crest homes took advantage of the opportunity to own property near their employment, buying and developing the area beginning around 1906. They were far enough out of town to enable them to have gardens and some livestock. A real sense of community developed. A flood in 1922, which inundated other areas of Fort Worth, brought added population to the Como neighborhood at that time.

Streets in Como were platted in the 1890's and most remained unpaved until the 1950's.


The lots are small, the houses mostly frame and the streets need repairing, but there is a strong sense of neighborhood in the Como area with neighbor helping neighbor. Mom and Pop stores still exist and community involvement is evident. The lake on the eastern border of this neighborhood provides a quiet, cool, restful place for picnics, etc.


The Como Neighborhood Advisory Council holds monthly meetings, sponsors dances and other social activities at the Community Centre, and holds a July 3rd Parade.


Como, 4000 Horne, 817-377-7290

Leonard, 8900 Chapin Rd., 817-560-5630

Leonard 6th Grade, 4921 Hwy. 377 S., 817-570-4060

High School
Western Hills, 3600 Boston, 817-560-5600


Nearest Fire Station: 5937 Geddes, 817-871-6800, emergencies: 911
Nearest Post Office: 3525 Marquita
Nearest Grocery Shopping: Camp Bowie Blvd.
Nearest Park: Como Lake Park
City Council District Number: 7
School District Number: 7
Voting Precinct Number: 4120

This information was conceived, researched and written by Wini Klein, REALTOR®, for the Greater Fort Worth Association of REALTORS®, with assistance from the City of Fort Worth Planning Department, Historic Preservation Council for Tarrant County, Historic Fort Worth, Inc., Texas Christian University, Junior League, Fort Worth Independent School District, Tarrant County Tax Office, League of Neighborhoods and encouragement from the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce.

© 1999, 2007, Wini Klein

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