A photographer in St. Augustine, Florida, captured future Fort Worth newspaperman, Amon G. Carter, Sr. (1879-1955), astride an alligator in this photograph dated April 3, 1903. A native of Crafton, Texas, the young Carter wore a big smile and an air of confidence which belied his humble beginnings. Forced to quit school as a pre-teen to help his family, Carter held odd jobs in Bowie, Texas, and later worked in Oklahoma and California. Within a year of his 1905 arrival in Fort Worth, Carter became advertising manager for the Fort Worth Star. He bought the paper in 1909 and combined it with the Fort Worth Telegram. So began the career of a man whose name became synonymous with that of Fort Worth. Amassing a fortune in communications and oil, Carter entertained U.S. presidents and generously supported civic and philanthropic causes. The Amon Carter Museum was established following his death in 1955 to house his collection of Frederick Remington and Charles Russell artwork.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram Collection, Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington