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Tarrant County, Texas

Tarrant County Archives

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  •  Tarrant County as cattle country and now a modern skyscraper and industrial hub 
  •  How the Tarrant County Court and government meet the needs of the population 
  •  Petersmith Hospital 
  •  Boys Hill Juvenile Rehabilitation Center and Juvenile Detention Center where “youthful offenders” are housed 
  •  The Juvenile Probation Center 
  •  Transportation and highway developments 
  •  Other governmental entities comprising Tarrant County’s resources, such as museums 
  •  Libraries in Tarrant County 
  •  Welfare programs in Tarrant County 
  •  Tarrant County Convention Center, now known as the Fort Worth Convention Center 
  •  Tarrant County Sheriff’s Department 
  •  Tarrant County district attorney 
  •  Judicial system 
  •  Tarrant County Fire Department 
  •  “From birth to death, county government is an ever present and necessary part of our existence.” 
  •  Computer and data centers in Tarrant County 
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This film, narrated by Dave Naugle, surveys the workings of Tarrant County government offices and the services they provide for the population. It begins by covering some of the responsibilities of the Tarrant County Commissioners Court, from establishing welfare programs to funding highway developments. Facilities funded by Tarrant County tax dollars are also highlighted, such as Petersmith Hospital and the Tarrant County Convention Center. Next, the film details the role of law enforcement and emergency personnel. Finally, the films reviews the immense amount of record keeping and data processing conducted by the county, including birth and death certificates, marriage licenses, voter registrations, and court documents.