TREES ELECTRA PORTAL
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Copyright © 2011 by DL Tolleson. All Rights Reserved. No
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It has been said that if Texas were to secede from the
Union, the state would boast of the 12th largest economy
in the world. Whether secession is an option or the
economic appraisal is accurate, Texas is home to
powerhouses of commerce and the Metroplex is at the hub
of recognizable industry leaders and business names.
The Metroplex? you say. Whats that and
what possible businesses would it have?
The Metroplex is an area of North Central Texas comprised
of three large cities (Fort Worth, Arlington, Dallas) a
few smaller cities and roughly 60 or so suburban towns.
As for the industries and business names, the Metroplex
has a huge defense industry with the likes of Bell
Helicopter and Lockeheed. Businesses here have names like
American Airlines, the Dallas Cowboys, the Texas Rangers,
RadioShack, Dr Pepper and Best Maid Pickles (to name just
Among the names not just mentioned is Pier 1
Importsor at least it used to be a fairly important
business player. Certainly the headquarters that they
built in downtown Fort Worth reflected this. A
"tri-unit" tower of several stories, the
building was crowned by a roof emitting a beacon of light
into the night sky.
The past tense of this narrative is not to suggest the
building or the corporation is gone. As of this writing,
not yet anyway. Rather, Pier 1 sold the building to
Chesapeake Energy (for a reported $104 million in 2008)
and they have managed to keep the lights on while
expanding the impressive illumination to an unusual
display of lighted trees at Christmastime.
In 2011, when the company extended the life of the
"Christmas tree" lighting well beyond the month
of December, I finally got around to capturing a few of
those images. Those photographs are available for viewing
through the images of this portal.
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