Art Leatherwood

MEACHAM FIELD. Meacham Field is in northwest Fort Worth, just south of Interstate Highway 820 and a mile east of Marine Creek Lake. It was established in 1914 to serve the United States Army Airways. The site was leased to the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce, which subleased it to the federal government. Meacham was originally called Fort Worth Airport. In 1926 the city of Fort Worth took over the lease and made the field into a municipal airport. In 1927 the name was changed to Meacham Field, in honor of former mayor Henry C. Meacham. Charles Lindbergh landed there that year, and the field was the center for most of the air-mail lines in Texas. By 1929 two hangars had been built, and a terminal building was completed in 1937. By the early 1950s Meacham Field was served by American, Braniff, and Delta air lines and encompassed an area of about 350 acres. However, with the opening of the Greater Fort Worth International Airport (later named Greater Southwest International Airportqv) in 1953, the airlines moved out of Meacham. In the early 1990s Meacham Field was being operated as a small private and civil airport.

Ruby Schmidt, ed., Fort Worth and Tarrant County (Fort Worth: Texas Christian University Press, 1984).

Image Use Disclaimer

All copyrighted materials included within the Handbook of Texas Online are in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107 related to Copyright and “Fair Use” for Non-Profit educational institutions, which permits the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA), to utilize copyrighted materials to further scholarship, education, and inform the public. The TSHA makes every effort to conform to the principles of fair use and to comply with copyright law.

For more information go to:

If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond fair use, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.


The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

Handbook of Texas Online, Art Leatherwood, "MEACHAM FIELD," accessed June 19, 2019,

Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

Get this week's most popular Handbook of Texas articles delivered straight to your inbox