Sandy Oaks is one of the eastern most neighborhoods in Fort Worth, lying approximately nine miles east of the Fort Worth Central Business District. It is bordered on the north by Meadowbrook Dr., on the east by Cooke's Lane, on the south by Lancaster Ave. and on the west by Hitson Lane. Robert R. Ramey was originally granted this land in 1857.

Cooke's Lane, which runs along the eastern border of Sandy Oaks, was named for Jacob Cooke, who established a campground in the early 1870's for teamsters heading west for buffalo hides. The drivers followed this dirt road north to Birdville (now Haltom City) before turning west.

In 1885, a railroad bridge just east of Sandy Oaks collapsed over Village Creek, causing an unusual train wreck. Soon after the accident, which killed only the fireman, the locomotive disappeared into quicksand below the bridge. It is still there.

The bridge was originally built in 1876 when the Texas & Pacific Railroad (now the Union Pacific) came to Fort Worth from its terminal point in Dallas. Immediately after the collapse of the bridge in 1885, 60 railroad workers, who were out on strike at the time, became heroes by returning to rebuild the bridge.

Lancaster Avenue was named in 1931 for T & P Railway President, John L. Lancaster. Lancaster Ave. was originally a trail connecting the settlement of Fort Worth to Johnson's Station (now Arlington), one of the few communities in Tarrant County before the railroad. Johnson's Station was named after M.T. Johnson, who owned the stagecoach station for the Butterfield Overland Stage and Star Mail Route. He also operated the first post office in the county.

The Comanche Indians named the area around Johnson's Station, Marrow Bone Springs from the large numbers of prehistoric animal bones found nearby. In 1876, soon after the T. & P Railroad was built, Johnson's Station changed its name to Arlington.

Some early landowners around 1920, were Mrs. B.F. Tidwell and the Waples family. In 1955, V.W. Boswell of Boswell Dairies purchased land in the area. The Boswell family still owns some of the land, and has divided the remaining into trusts for the children of Bruce Boswell. The Boswells also sold some of their land in 1976 for the construction of the building for radio station KFJZ.

S.A. Kell and Thomas Kell bought land in the area in 1924, selling it for the development of the Sandy Oaks Addition in 1973. Kell Drive, originally a rural route through the area, was named for this family and annexed by the city of Fort Worth in 1973.


Tall trees tower over the low-pitched roofs of the traditional ranch-style homes in Sandy Oaks. Most of the homes in the area are brick tract homes with attached two-car garages. There are increasing numbers of larger custom-built homes on the southern edge of Sandy Oaks.


Bill J. Elliott Elementary School, 2501 Cooke's Lane, 817-462-4100

Handley Middle School, 2801 Patino Road, 817-496-7450

High School
Eastern Hills High School, 5701 Shelton St., 817-496-7600

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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