The Overton Park, Overton West and Overton Woods neighborhoods are located five to six miles southwest of the Central Business District along the Trinity River.

Originally part of Lemuel G. Edwards' Edwards Ranch founded in 1846, these neighborhoods were named after his son, Cass Overton Edwards, who was born on the ranch in 1851. Cass Overton Edwards later drove a portion of his cattle holdings to Tahoka, near Lubbock, Texas, but still maintained his land holdings in Fort Worth.

In 1913, the Edwards family sold some of their land to the City of Fort Worth for Trinity Park, but still held extensive amounts of land southwest of downtown.

The Edwards family formed the Cassco Land Company, and in 1954 began developing their land. Most of the homes in Overton Park were built between 1955 and 1968.

Overton West began being developed in 1968, and Overton Woods in 1979. The Southwest Parkway will cross some of the existing Edwards land. Cassco Land Company is making plans now to develop more land along that corridor, including some commerical use and residential with very upscale residential lots along the bluff area.

The Edwards family still owns part of the undeveloped land in and around Overton Park and still have their home in the old ranch house off of Hulen. An area that was designated as the Edwards Ranch School site is now where Tanglewood Elementary School is located.

The hills of Overton Park were part of a working cattle ranch until 1954, and overgrown lawns in the area show stalks of KR and Silver Bluestem grasses over the St. Augustine. Most of the trees in this area were planted by homeowners, except in Overton Woods bottom land near the river, where there are many old and stately trees.

In Overton West each home must have a rear-entry two-car attached garage. Deed restrictions also forbade livestock raising and specified that homes in Overton Woods must be larger than 2,800 square feet. Deed restrictions on these neighborhoods include the provision that the homes must be constructed of brick or stone, and that stucco or precast concrete not be considered masonry. Roofing materials must be earth-tone color and must be of a certain weight.


The homes in Overton Park are mostly of the rambling ranch-style popular in the 1950's. There are some two story homes scattered throughout with all styles including some traditional, modern, French manor and colonial. In Overton Woods the homes are predominantly two story and are surrounded by tall trees.


The Overton Woods Homeowners Association has activities for the neighborhood and a newsletter.


Tanglewood, 3060 Overton Park W., 817-922-6815

W. P. McLean, 3816 Stadium Dr., 817-922-6830

High School
R. L. Paschal, 3001 Forest Park Blvd., 817-922-6600


Nearest Fire Station: 3501 South Hills Ave., 817-871-6800, emergencies 911
Nearest Medical Facilities: Baylor All Saints Medical Center, 1400 Eighth Ave., 817-927-6102,
Harris Hospital and All Saints Hospital in City View
Nearest Post Office: Trinity River Station, 4450 Oak Park Lane, 817-926-3497,
Nearest Grocery Shopping: Westcliff Center, Tanglewood Center and Hulen at I-20.
Nearest Mall: Hulen Mall
Nearest Park: Along the river by the streets Overton Park East and West
City Council District Number: 9
School District Number: 5
Voting Precinct Number: 4130 and 4343, depending on location of residence.

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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