Dallas in Dallas County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Texas’ First Airmail and Passenger Service
The first airmail packets, weighing a total of 1,556 lbs., were dispatched in two single-engine monoplanes, “Miss Dallas” and “Miss Fort Worth”, for a 12-hour flight. At the same time, “Miss Chicago” was on its way to Dallas with 275 lbs. off mail and parcels, including apparel for two clothing stores and a shipment of diamonds; total value $100,000.
The first passenger service began at 8 a.m., with departure of a full load of three. About an hour earlier, another plane with two passengers and the first load of express left Chicago for Dallas. These early flights cut rail time by 15 hours, though it took almost 12 hours to fly the 990-mile, 7-stop trip, which cost 10 cents per mile. Each passenger was allowed 25 lbs. In baggage, with overweight charged at a dollar a pound. Air express shipments were limited to 200
Erected 1965 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 6894.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & Space • Communications. A significant historical date for this entry is May 12, 1926.
Location. 32° 50.482′ N, 96° 50.764′ W. Marker is in Dallas, Texas, in Dallas County. Marker is at the intersection of Herb Kelleher Way and Aviation Place, on the right when traveling north on Herb Kelleher Way. Marker is located at the Danny L. Bruce Flag Plaza at Dallas Love Field Airport. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Dallas TX 75235, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Love Field (here, next to this marker); Oath of Office of President Johnson (here, next to this marker); Love Field Airman Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Garvin Memorial Cemetery (approx. 1½ miles away); Cochran Chapel Cemetery (approx. 1½ miles away); Cochran Chapel Methodist Church (approx. 1½ miles away); W. P. Cochran Homeplace (approx. 1.6 miles away); Trinity Farms/Rancho Grande Cemetery (approx. 1.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dallas.
More about this marker. On the bottom border of the marker is etched “Early Travel, Communication and Transportation Series” and “Erected by Moody Foundation - 1965”.
The marker was originally placed in the terminal of Love Field. This marker and the two adjacent markers were moved to the Danny L. Bruce Flag Plaza around 2004.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 2, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 13, 2016, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 337 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on September 13, 2016, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. 3. submitted on September 12, 2016, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. 4. submitted on September 13, 2016, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.