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History of the Red Goose Saloon

Shoe store or dive bar — maybe it’s both?


Seen this sign in dowtown?

Photo courtesy of John Roberts, Architecture in Fort Worth.

Ever wondered why this downtown bar has a shoe store sign out front?

The Red Goose Saloon — located at 306 Houston St. next to Reata — actually began as a footwear store. The Solomon family opened Solomon’s Red Goose Juvenile Shoe Store in the 1930s.

The store sold footwear from St. Louis-based Red Goose Shoe Company + used a fluoroscope, a type of X-ray machine, to measure kids’ feet — before medical professionals advised against this.


The building is the last privately owned building on Houston Street.

Photo by John Roberts, Architecture in Fort Worth

Originally a furniture store, the 1903 two-story building features white penny tile in the entry and vintage leaded glass windows. It is listed as a local historic landmark. The neon sign, added in 1948, is a reference to the children nursery rhyme character “Mother Goose.”

Reopened in 1999 as a dive bar and grill, the Red Goose Saloon kept its old Cowtown charm with a pressed tin ceiling and hardwood floors. Swing by nightly until 2 a.m. for a cold one with a hint of nostalgia.

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