Tanglewood Neighborhood Association    Fort Worth, Texas


The History of the Tanglewood Area

The Tanglewood neighborhood consists of land in the low areas along the branch of the Trinity River and is approximately five miles southwest from the Fort Worth Central Business District.

The Tanglewood area lies within two surveys. The western part of the addition being part of the 1854 Felix G. Beasley Survey, and the eastern part, along the branch of the river, the 1876 James Howard Survey.

Lemuel J. Edwards owned some land west of these surveys in 1846, and later bought most of the present Tanglewood area which was known as the "Edwards Ranch" until it was sold by the Edwards family for development.

Lemuel Edward's son, Cass Overton Edwards, was born on the ranch in 1851. In 1868, he was given 500 head of cattle which he drove to Tahoka, an area just south of Lubbock, Texas, to establish the T-Bar Ranch. Cass Overton Edwards and later his children, Cass Edwards and Crawford Edwards, continued ranching in Tarrant County with extensive land holdings extending almost to the Central Business District. They sold a portion of the land in 1913 to the city of Fort Worth which later became Trinity and Forest Parks.

The original approach to the Tanglewood area consisted of a two-rut dirt road which is now Bellaire Drive South. Up to the time of development, children enjoyed swimming in the river in a deep hole which was located where the bridge is now on Bellaire Drive South near the Tanglewood Center. The Edwards ranch houses were located along the dirt road off of what is now Hulen Street and the Edwards still live there today. An area was designated as the Edwards Ranch School Site which is now where Tanglewood Elementary School is located.

The portions of Tanglewood which are now Bellaire Park Court, Marquette Court and Autumn Court were originally a dairy farm which the owner had purchased from the Edwards. In the early 1930's, the dairy farmer sold four lots on the bluff at the east edge of the property. The Edwards insisted that the deed restrictions on these four lots stipulate that the homes were to face west so the Edwards family would not have to look at back doors. These homes have their back entrances on the lane at the end of Westcliff Road South.

In 1941, Dr. J. M. Lyle purchased the remaining 14 acres of the farm, gradually selling it off for development. The lake in Bellaire Park Court was his stocked tank where he fished and raised Japanese deer in the park-like area.

The Edwards family created the Cassco Land Company to help sell and develop the land they owned. Development began in 1955, with most of the Tanglewood property sold by 1957.

Land use restrictions filed on the Tanglewood addition stipulate that all houses must be brick or stone, and have at least a two-car garage attached to the house. Even though this was ranch property, it also stated that no cows, horses or other livestock would be allowed on the property after development.


The heritage of the ranchland shows in the typical architecture of Tanglewood, the predominant being ranch style. Most of the homes are single story with a few two stories here and there. The streets wind around generally following the contours of the river and the trees tower over all. This is good bottom land and very fertile. In heavy rains the area flooded before measures were taken to control the Clear Fork and branches of the Trinity River which run through the area. The bicycle-walking trail which meanders through Tanglewood is well used and enjoyed because of the shade and park setting. It typifies the relaxed atmosphere of this executive neighborhood.


Elementary: Tanglewood, 3060 Overton Park Drive West, 817-922-6815

Middle: W.P. McLean, 3816 Stadium Drive, 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 8th Ave., 817-927-6102 
Nearest Post Office: Trinity River Station, 4450 Oak Park Lane, 817-926-3497 
Nearest Grocery Shopping: Tanglewood Center 
Nearest Mall: Hulen Mall 
Nearest Park: Tanglewood Park 
City Council District Number: 9 
School District Number: 5 
Voting Precinct Number: 4182

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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Be On The Lookout for Herons!

When you night herons in Tanglewood, please email the association with the date and location. Yellow- or Black-crowned Night Herons are not usually a nuisance, but the presence of night herons lets other migrating birds know they’ve found a good place to nest. When night herons arrive, messy, noisy egrets won’t be far behind in March.

In 2012, egrets nested in several neighbors’ trees, destroying property and creating a stench that lasted all summer. Tanglewood residents succeeded in keeping birds from nesting in residential trees in 2013, but they will be back. Report night heron sightings:

Time to Take Action

When night herons are spotted, Tanglewood Neighborhood Association will place yard signs at well-traveled intersections throughout the neighborhood. When you see these signs, it’s time to get busy!

Check your trees TWICE a day—morning and evening

Watch for nest making in your trees

Remove the start of any nests

Scare away egrets and herons

Birds can build nests in just two days! Use noisemakers or bang pots and pans to scare birds away. Use water spray or hit tennis balls into trees to dislodge the start of any nest.

Don’t harm birds—they’re protected by international treaty. Once birds begin sitting on a nest, eggs are likely present. When eggs are present,you cannot harass the birds.

#1 Egret Prevention Tool: Trim Your Trees

It’s not too late!  Remove deadwood and thin tree canopy to allow sunlight between limbs and other trees. Migratory birds like 75 percent or greater tree canopy. Well-trimmed trees are less attractive for nesting.

Got Your Egret Toolkit Ready?

The Tanglewood NA has limited supplies to loan to neighbors during the nesting season: scare balloons, tennis balls, air horns, a laser light. Supplies will be stored at neighbor Rick Shepherd’s house: 3216 Preston Hollow Rd.

Need Help?

Not sure if that’s a bird or a squirrel nest in your tree? Not sure how to get it down? Tanglewood neighbor Rick Shepherd is a Master Naturalist who has volunteered to help identify nests. If you need help, please contact Rick at 817-320-6383 (cell) or email: rickshepherd46@att.net Please leave your name, street address and phone number.

If you plan to be out of town for Spring Break, please ask a neighbor to watch your trees for nest making.


Herons and/or egrets have been spotted on several streets in Tanglewood:

Chapparal - Tanglewood Trail - Preston Hollow - Overton Park East - Shady Creek

As residents on these streets use noise-makers and other tactics, birds will move to other streets. If you spot birds trying to roost in your trees, contact your neighbors and get a team together to scare away the birds, especially each night at dusk. Scroll down for more tips on preventing messy egrets from nesting in your trees.