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The Flickr Photo of the Week
by Jerome Weeks 14 Sep 2011

Randal Deen took his motorcycle to Fort Worth to scout out a landmark in the history of western swing – and got the shot that won this week’s Flickr photo contest.


Congratulations to Randal Dean of Dallas, the winner of the Flickr Photo of the Week contest!

This is the latest win for Dean, who’s a regular contributor to our Flickr pool. He follows last week’s winner, Steven Haal.

If you would like to participate in the Flickr Photo of the Week contest, all you need to do is upload your photo to our Flickr group page. It’s fine to submit a photo you took earlier than the current week, but we are hoping that the contest will inspire you to go out and shoot something fantastic this week to share with Art&Seek users. If the picture you take involves a facet of the arts, even better. The contest week will run from Monday to Sunday, and the Art&Seek staff will pick a winner on Monday afternoon. We’ll notify the winner through FlickrMail (so be sure to check those inboxes) and ask you to fill out a short survey to tell us a little more about yourself and the photo you took. We’ll post the winners’ photo on Wednesday.

Now for some background info on Randall’s photo:

Title of photo: “Rocket”
Equipment used: I shot this with an HTC Inspire cell phone, processed by the “Camera 360” app.
Tell us a little about your shot: I came across this place on the Jacksboro Highway not far from downtown Ft. Worth. I had ridden my motorcycle there from Dallas in search of a landmark in the history of Western Swing music, the Avalon Motel, which was across the street from the place where Milton Brown, the Father of Western Swing, was mortally injured in a car crash in 1936. The motel still stands, just down the street from the Rocket. (Might sound kind of strange, but that’s how I wound up there!)

  • Remember also the owner of the Rocket, Salinas. Two officers were murdered in that “club”.

  • Gila Espinoza

    OMG! This shot takes me back to my childhood. My mom and dad would pack up all us kids and head out to Casino Beach and we would pass right by the Rocket. Even then it was going down hill. It looks like back in the day it must have been one hoppin’ place. Thanks for the memory!