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Dallas in Dallas County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

John Neely Bryan and Margaret Beeman Bryan

1810–1877 and 1825–1919

 
 
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By Kevin W., June 8, 2011
1. John Neely Bryan and Margaret Beeman Bryan Marker
Inscription. In 1839 Tennessee lawyer John Neely Bryan chose this high bluff and shallow ford on the Trinity River as site for a trading post. Finding Indians scarce when he returned in 1844, he platted a town, installed a ferry, and called the place Dallas. In the 1840s, the Republic of Texas opened its Central National Road from here to the U.S. border, and drew settlers to this area with liberal land grants.

Margaret Beeman was a daughter of John Beeman, a prosperous man from Illinois, of North Carolina heritage. At 15, she met Bryan at the Cross Roads Camp Ground, Bowie County. Her father staked his claim about eight miles from Bryan's town. She and Bryan married in 1843, and became parents of six children. Margaret, her father, and other relatives strongly supported Bryan's work as "Father of Dallas."

Bryan went to the California gold rush in 1849, but gained no fortune. After his return, he donated 98 city lots for a courthouse and county seat, then sold his ferry and remaining interest in the townsite. In poor health for many years, he died in Austin at 67. Margaret Beeman Bryan lived to age 94, and saw Dallas attain a population of over 150,000
 
Erected 1978 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 6605.)
 
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John Neely Bryan and Margaret Beeman Bryan Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., June 8, 2011
2. John Neely Bryan and Margaret Beeman Bryan Marker
46.76′ N, 96° 48.522′ W. Marker is in Dallas, Texas, in Dallas County. Marker is on Elm Street, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is near the Grassy Knoll area of Dealey Plaza. Marker is in this post office area: Dallas TX 75202, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Dealey Plaza National Historic Landmark (within shouting distance of this marker); Formerly The Texas School Book Depository Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Kennedy Assassination Route (within shouting distance of this marker); Dealey Plaza (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of First Ferry and Bridge (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Dallas County Records Building (about 500 feet away); Log Cabin Pioneers of Dallas County (about 500 feet away but has been reported missing); John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Dallas.
 
Also see . . .  The Handbook of Texas Online entry for James Neely Bryan. (Submitted on January 11, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,104 times since then and 5 times this year. Last updated on , by Steven Johnson of Richardson, Texas. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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