Is there a Tradition of Public Markets in Texas?

Texas has a rich tradition of Public Markets. Sadly, most have been torn down during the era of urban ‘removal’ before their value as proven tools for community and economic development were realized.

For centuries, virtually all significant Texas cities had a Public Market as a needed utility to provide food, jobs and a civic space that helped to define and enliven their community. These historic Public Markets were not just places to shop; they were designed as publicly sponsored “temples” to food, commerce, and community.

 

                                       

Fort Worth Public Market

 

 

 

Cart outside the Brownville, Texas Public Market

 

 

 

Beaumont Texas Public Market

 

 

   

Brownsville Texas Public Market

 

 

 

Market House Laredo Texas

 

 

 

San Antonio Public Market

 

 

   

Houston Public Market

 

 

 

Westside Public Market Houston Texas

 

 

 

Galveston’s City Market 1866

 

 

     

Cleburne Texas Market Square, 1800’s       Galveston Tx. BBQ Market sign – “No Kidding”