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Stop Six: A Brief History of a Fort Worth Community

The East Fort Worth neighborhood is famous for basketball and the old Interurban Train.

Interurban train, Fort Worth train, Stop Six name

Stop Six acquired its name by being the sixth stop on the Fort Worth-Dallas Interurban Train.

Stop Six: A Brief History of a Fort Worth Community

The East Fort Worth neighborhood is famous for basketball and the old Interurban Train.

The Stop Six community in East Fort Worth was the sixth stop on the Northern Texas Traction Co. interurban streetcar system that ran from Fort Worth to Dallas from 1902 to 1934. The electric-powered cars carried about 40 passengers for the 90-minute trip from the Tarrant County Courthouse to Dallas.

The first African-American settler was Amanda Davis, who purchased several acres and built a cabin there sometime after 1896. Other early settlers were the Brockman, Stalcup and Cowan families. The settlement originally was known as Cowanville after Alonzo and Sarah Cowan. It was a community of small farms and homesteads and lacked municipal services, including police protection.

Stop Six is bordered by Rosedale Street on the north, Miller Street on the west, Loop 820 on the east and Berry Street on the south, and it still retains its rural flavor. Several smaller neighborhoods are part of the Stop Six area, such as Village Creek, Bunche-Ellington, Stop Six Sunrise Edition, Ramey Place and Carver Heights.

In the 1970s, Dunbar High School basketball coach Robert “Bob” Hughes put Stop Six on the map by becoming the public school boys’ basketball coach with the most wins in the nation. Born in Bristow, Okla., he was an All-American at Texas Southern University in Houston.

Robert Hughes, Bob Hughes, Dunbar basketball

Legendary educator and basketball coach Robert Hughes put Stop Six on the map. (courtesy photo)

The Boston Celtics drafted Hughes in 1955, but he did not make the team. While playing for the barnstorming Harlem Magicians, a ruptured Achilles tendon ended his competitive career. He earned a degree from Tulsa University and in 1958 came to Fort Worth for his first coaching job at I.M. Terrell High School.

In 1973, Hughes became coach at Dunbar High School, located in the Stop Six neighborhood. During his tenure, the Flying Wildcats won two state championships and finished in second place three times. With both the Terrell and Dunbar teams, Hughes made 30 consecutive trips to the state championship and had only one losing season.

When Hughes retired in 2005 after 47 seasons, he had a 1,333-264 career record in 47 seasons, making him the high school coach with the most wins in the nation. His record was surpassed in 2014 by Leta Andrews at Granbury High School, who has 1,416 career wins.

In 2002, the Fort Worth Independent School District renamed the Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center’s basketball court after Coach Hughes.

In 2006 and 2007, Fort Worth designated the Carver Heights and the Stop Six Sunrise Edition neighborhoods as historic districts.

In 2015, Fort Worth renamed the portion of Cass Street in front of Dunbar High School “Robert Hughes Street.” Now Hughes’ son, Robert Hughes Jr., is the basketball coach at Dunbar High School.

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14 Comments

  1. very interesting how bob hughes had 30 consecutive trips to the championship

  2. Did not know any of that and I’ve lived in Fort Worth my whole life. Coach Hughes could’ve played with Bill Russell on the 1955 Boston Celtics, that’s crazy!

  3. Stop six is a historical place filled with Africa Americans. But because its Historical stop six has not been referbished. Violence and crime has also established it’s precence in stop six preventing any redevelopment of this community .

  4. My opinion on this article is that I never knew it was named after a train stop.

  5. Dunbar high school has gang members but its not that bad to go to

  6. The Stop Six community in East Fort Worth was the six stop on the Northern Texas Traction Co. interurban streetcar that ran from Fort Worth to Dallas from 1902 to 1934. Amanda Davis was the first African American settler who bought several acres in 1896. The Stop Six neighborhood has been very good in basketball, with Dunbar High School producing several state championships. They were coached by Robert Hughes, who was an outstanding coach.

  7. Amanda Davis was also the first African American heiress in Tarrant County which the street Amanda in the Stop Six Area is named . Her descendants are The Howard’s who are predominately from Stop Six

  8. All the factual information as shown on this historic article stands to reason inter urban to future bus lines .
    I am a believer it’s a very good historical path from the past.
    Thanks.
    Alan Ward

  9. I love Dunbar my Mother,son,granddaughter and I we are Wildcats .

  10. Fort Worth History or story telling is slowly being loss as generations pass. Funny, I just read a comment by my brother Alan Ward who passed at the end of March … I had commented earlier also … keep our story telling and the knowledge of our collective pass alive …. pass it on.

  11. I was born in Stop Six July 19,1951 at 2009 Birdell conner of Elgin.I attended Dunbar Elementary-Rosedale Park and Dunbar Jr and Senior High School. Alot of good people has come out of the Stop -Six area. Wildcat for ever” class of 69″

  12. not sure what is meant by “very interesting that Robert Hughes….” Please explain the subtext Michael Diaz
    I can likely help clarify if you have questions.

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