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Dallas in Polk County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
 

Welcome to Dallas

Main Street – 1874

 
 
Welcome to Dallas Mural Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 6, 2015
1. Welcome to Dallas Mural Marker
Inscription.  

1842 Pioneers settled the town of Cynthian
1852 Changed name to Dallas
1898 Fire destroyed the entire downtown, but was rebuilt the next year with brick and stone

Kev Kohler ‘10

 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: DisastersNotable PlacesSettlements & Settlers.
 
Location. 44° 55.181′ N, 123° 19.017′ W. Marker is in Dallas, Oregon, in Polk County. Marker is at the intersection of Kings Valley Highway (Oregon Route 223) and Main Street, on the left when traveling east on Kings Valley Highway. Marker consists of a large historic mural painted across the entire south wall of the building at this address. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 967 Main Street, Dallas OR 97338, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. James W. Nesmith (approx. 4.4 miles away); Polk County Fairgrounds Applegate Trail Kiosk (approx. 4.4 miles away); Ritner Creek Bridge (approx. 14.6 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
Main Street Today image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 6, 2015
2. Main Street Today

1. Dallas History.
Dallas was settled in the 1840s on the north side of Rickreall Creek (in the area that is now north Dallas) and was originally named "Cynthian" or "Cynthiana". It is likely the name was chosen by Mrs. Thomas Lovelady, naming it after her hometown of Cynthiana, Kentucky. In 1852, acting on a petition signed by a number of citizens, Dallas was renamed in honor of Vice President George Mifflin Dallas. The town was moved to the south side of the creek in 1855 or 1856, where water was more plentiful. (Submitted on February 21, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Dallas, Oregon.
Dallas was in competition with Independence to be the county seat and the citizens of Dallas raised $17,000 in order to have a branch of the narrow gauge railroad come to their town, thus securing the honor. The line was built from 1878–80. A more suitable name for a county seat was needed, and since George Mifflin Dallas was vice-president under James K. Polk, for whom the county was named, "Dallas" was a natural choice. (Submitted on February 21, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

3. Dallas History.
(This link includes photograph of Court Street from the late 1800s.) The only people living along the banks of the LaCreole River before 1842 were Native Americans and a few itinerant French
Main Street Today image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 6, 2015
3. Main Street Today
Canadian fur trappers who, according to local lore, bestowed its name. Wagon trains first arrived in 1843 with these pioneers settling along the LeCreole River’s banks. The community of Cynthian grew on the north side of the LaCreole River, the area of north Dallas today. (Submitted on February 21, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
A.K. Wilson Building 1889, Main Street image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 6, 2015
4. A.K. Wilson Building 1889, Main Street
Polk County Courthouse 1898 image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 6, 2015
5. Polk County Courthouse 1898
<i>Birds Eye View Business Sec. Dallas Ore.</i> image. Click for full size.
Postcard published by Patton Post Card Company, Salem, circa 1910
6. Birds Eye View Business Sec. Dallas Ore.
Showing Main Street (compare with Photo No. 3).
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 21, 2018. It was originally submitted on February 21, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 143 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on February 21, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   6. submitted on February 21, 2018. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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