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Dallas County Texas Historical Markers

Addison State Bank with Marker image, Touch for more information
By QuesterMark, February 15, 2016
Addison State Bank with Marker
Texas (Dallas County), Addison — 6584 — Addison State Bank
This building was completed in 1913 to house the Addison State Bank, which had been organized the previous year to serve the new railroad community of Addison. After the bank's demise in 1926, the brick commercial structure served as a mercantile . . . — Map (db m105158) HM
Texas (Dallas County), Dallas — 6593 — A. H. Belo Corporation
A.H. Belo Corporation traces its roots to a small company that founded the Galveston "Daily News" on April 11, 1842. The company began publishing the "Texas Almanac" in 1857. Alfred Horatio Belo (1839-1901) bought the company in 1876 and founded the . . . — Map (db m43393) HM
Texas (Dallas County), Dallas — 6640 — Abraham Carver Cemetery
Twenty-one graves have been located in the Abraham Carver Cemetery which covers one-half acre of land and contains six generations of Carver family members. The earliest marked grave is that of Abraham Carver (1806-1883), who came to Texas in 1844 . . . — Map (db m96704) HM
Texas (Dallas County), Dallas — 6649 — Central National Road
During the early days of the Republic of Texas, settlers and pioneers coming from the United States entered Texas by crossing the Red River in Northwest Red River County. On the north side of that crossing was the terminus of a U.S. Military . . . — Map (db m28828) HM
Texas (Dallas County), Dallas — 6883 — Colonel C.C. Slaughter(Feb.9, 1837—Jan. 25, 1919)
Christopher Columbus Slaughter was the first native born cattle king of Texas. While living on the west Texas frontier he was a ranger, Confederate beef supplier, and trail driver. His ranching empire, including the Long S and Lazy S ranches, . . . — Map (db m72329) HM
Texas (Dallas County), Dallas — 6668 — Dallas County Records Building
Designed by the prominent Dallas architectural firm of Lang and Witchell, this Gothic Revival style building was erected in 1927-28 to house Dallas County records, offices, and courtrooms. First known as the Hall of Records, the current name was . . . — Map (db m43461) HM
Texas (Dallas County), Dallas — Dealey PlazaBirthplace of Dallas
Within this small park was built the first home, which also served as the first courthouse and post office, the first store and the first fraternal lodge. Dedicated to the pioneers of civic progress by order of the Park Board. — Map (db m4675) HM
Texas (Dallas County), Dallas — Dealey Plaza National Historic Landmark
Dealey Plaza has been designated a National Historic Landmark This site possesses national signifigance in commemorating the history of the United States of America 1993 National Park Service United States Department Of . . . — Map (db m4677) HM
Texas (Dallas County), Dallas — 11824 — First United Methodist Church of Dallas
Methodism in Dallas traces its roots to as early as 1846, when the small village was a stopping point for Methodist circuit riders. The first organized group of Methodists met in November 1850, and continued for almost 20 years without a building of . . . — Map (db m135399) HM
Texas (Dallas County), Dallas — 6895 — Formerly The Texas School Book Depository Building
This site was originally owned by John Neely Bryan, the founder of Dallas. During the 1880s French native Maxime Guillot operated a wagon shop here. In 1894 the land was purchased by Phil L. Mitchell, President and Director of Rock Island Plow . . . — Map (db m4661) HM
Texas (Dallas County), Dallas — 6730 — Greenwood Cemetery
Greenwood Cemetery was part of a Republic of Texas grant, called the John Grigsby League, given for service in the Battle of San Jacinto. W. H. Gaston, pioneer Dallas banker, acquired title to the site in 1874, after the noted local legal battle, . . . — Map (db m72412) HM
Texas (Dallas County), Dallas — 18581 — Hamilton Park Community
Located ten miles north of downtown Dallas, the African American community of Hamilton Park began as the White Rock Farming Settlement. In the 1940s and 1950s, racial violence in the South Dallas community of Queen City and the discriminatory . . . — Map (db m104246) HM
Texas (Dallas County), Dallas — John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza
President John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917-1963) was assassinated in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963. This event changed the city – and the world – forever. As a tribute to this extraordinary man, John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza was . . . — Map (db m4672) HM
Texas (Dallas County), Dallas — 6605 — John Neely Bryan and Margaret Beeman Bryan1810–1877 and 1825–1919
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 . . . — Map (db m24929) HM
Texas (Dallas County), Dallas — 6740 — Karl St. John Hoblitzelle(October 22, 1879 - March 8, 1967)
A young Missourian, Karl Hoblitzelle in 1904 helped produce the St. Louis World's Fair, where he gained respect for vaudeville. In 1905 he founded Interstate Amusement Company and opened theatres in Dallas, Fort Worth, Waco, and San Antonio. Soon he . . . — Map (db m135772) HM
Texas (Dallas County), Dallas — Kennedy Assassination Route
On November 22, 1963, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, thirty-fifth President of the United States, visited Dallas. A Presidential parade traveled north on Houston Street to Elm Street and west on Elm Street. As the parade continued on Elm Street at 12:30 . . . — Map (db m4660) HM
Texas (Dallas County), Dallas — 6775 — Log Cabin Pioneers of Dallas County
Most colonists first settled in this "Three Forks" area of the Trinity River as members of the Peters Colony after 1841. Immigrants from such states as Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, and Tennessee brought with them a tradition of building . . . — Map (db m43436) HM
Texas (Dallas County), Dallas — 12983 — Love Field
Believing the city’s success was linked to its transportation system, Dallas leaders made early efforts to secure a future within the burgeoning field of aviation. Oak Cliff resident Frank McCarroll made his first flight in 1903. In 1910, he and the . . . — Map (db m97766) HM
Texas (Dallas County), Dallas — Love Field Airman Memorial
Love — Field Named in honor of Moss Lee Love First Lieutenant United States Cavalry Virginia 1879          1913 2nd Lieut. Arthur Anthony Sego, Jr. A.S.A., R.M.A. Born 1894 — Died 1918 2nd Lieut. John Maxwell . . . — Map (db m97713) WM
Texas (Dallas County), Dallas — 6779 — Majestic Theatre
In his determination to provide entertainment for the entire family, theatre pioneer and innovator Karl St. John Hoblitzelle (1879-1967) built this structure in 1921 to house Dallas' Majestic Theatre. The five-story, five-bay, Beaux Arts structure . . . — Map (db m135695) HM
Texas (Dallas County), Dallas — 6782 — McCree Cemetery
The first land for this cemetery was granted by Mahulda Bonner McCree in 1866. At least two burials, for John Henry Jones (d. 1862) and Elizabeth McCullough (d. 1864), occurred before the graveyard was formally deeded. Over the years, the cemetery . . . — Map (db m107099) HM
Texas (Dallas County), Dallas — Mickey Charles MantleOctober 20, 1931 - August 13, 1995
A magnificent New York Yankee, true teammate and Hall of Fame centerfielder with legendary courage. The most popular player of his era. A loving husband, father and friend for life — Map (db m120805) HM
Texas (Dallas County), Dallas — 17060 — Moorland YMCA Building
In 1928, the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) of Dallas recognized a growing need for expanded facilities across the city. In the African American neighborhood of North Dallas, citizens raised $75,000 ($25,000 more than their goal) in . . . — Map (db m81308) HM
Texas (Dallas County), Dallas — 6790 — Mount Calvary Cemetery
Pioneer settlers used this site for burials as early as the 1840s. The oldest known grave is that of Amanda L. Houx (1829-1847). In 1868 William Huffhines donated a two-acre tract, which included the early graves, to Mount Calvary Baptist Church. A . . . — Map (db m93134) HM
Texas (Dallas County), Dallas — 6805 — Oath of Office of President Johnson
Near this point on November 22, 1963, Vice-President Lyndon Baines Johnson took the oath of office as 36th President of the United States. He is the first Texan to hold the office of President. The ceremony was held in the central compartment of . . . — Map (db m97767) HM
Texas (Dallas County), Dallas — Propeller From The RMS Lusitania
RMS Lusitania was a British ocean liner built in 1906 and operated by the Cunard Line. The ship entered passenger service in August 1907 and continued on the line’s heavily traveled Liverpool, England to New York City route. During World War I, . . . — Map (db m117031) HM
Texas (Dallas County), Dallas — 6697 — Site of First Ferry and Bridge — (about 300 feet West) —
First ferry on the Trinity River at Dallas was started here, 1842, by John Neely Bryan (1810 - 1877), the founder of Dallas. Alexander Cockrell (1820 - 1858), early builder and developer, replaced ferry with wooden toll bridge, 1854. This crossing . . . — Map (db m43435) HM
Texas (Dallas County), Dallas — 17802 — St. Paul United Methodist Church
In 1873, several inhabitants of Freedman's Town, a community of recently freed people just north of the Dallas city limits, met with Methodist Ministers Rev. H. Oliver and Rev. William Bush under a brush arbor to organize the area's first African . . . — Map (db m80034) HM
Texas (Dallas County), Dallas — 6888 — State Fair of Texas
Founded in 1886, the State Fair of Texas now ranks as the most largely attended state fair in the U.S. It was begun as a private, nonprofit corporation for civic purposes by Capt. W.H. Gaston and other pioneer business and civic leaders of Dallas. . . . — Map (db m121657) HM
Texas (Dallas County), Dallas — 18318 — Tenth Street Historic District Freedman's Town
The first African Americans to live in Oak Cliff were slaves, brought here by settlers such as William H. Hord in 1845 to work the land. The neighborhood that grew here became known as the Tenth Street District. An important African American enclave . . . — Map (db m98058) HM
Texas (Dallas County), Dallas — 6896 — Texas Centennial Exposition
As plans began to take shape for the Centennial celebration of Texas Independence, a group of Dallas businessmen led by R.L. Thornton, Sr., Fred Florence, and Nathan Adams, joined together to promote the city as the host of the major Centennial . . . — Map (db m121782) HM
Texas (Dallas County), Dallas — 6894 — Texas’ First Airmail and Passenger Service
Love Field witnessed two “firsts” in Texas aviation history. National Air Transport (later became United Air Lines) on May 12, 1926, inaugurated first airmail service in Texas, and on Sept. 1, 1927, flew the first passengers and express. . . . — Map (db m97765) HM
Texas (Dallas County), Dallas — 18770 — The Crossroads
Despite Dallas's reputation as one of the state's more conservative cities, its LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer) community was among the first in Texas to organize politically and socially. In 1947, the city became home to one of . . . — Map (db m125945) HM
Texas (Dallas County), Dallas — 6671 — The Dallas Morning News
On Oct. 1, 1885, "The Dallas Morning News" began publication as the North Texas extension of A. H. Belo's "Galveston News." The two publications were linked by telegraph to exchange information, and they maintained a statewide network of . . . — Map (db m43392) HM
Texas (Dallas County), Dallas — 6673 — The Dallas Symphony
Early efforts to establish a symphony orchestra in Dallas began in 1899 with the formation of the Dallas Symphony Club. It was a short-lived effort, but in 1911 the city's first professional orchestra was established under the Dallas Symphony . . . — Map (db m135505) HM
Texas (Dallas County), Dallas — The Grassy Knoll
Journalist Merriman Smith, riding in the motorcade five cars behind President Kennedy reported seeing Dallas Police run up this hill, which he called a grassy knoll. Some witnesses believed shots came from the knoll area, but police found no . . . — Map (db m116916) HM
Texas (Dallas County), Dallas — 6742 — The Hockaday School
Ela Hockaday (1875 - 1956) received her early education in the public schools of Bonham, Texas. After graduating from the Denton Normal School (now University of North Texas), she pursued graduate studies at both Columbia University and the . . . — Map (db m94482) HM
Texas (Dallas County), Dallas — 6913 — Western Heights Cemetery
Located on part of the original William Coombs survey, burials in this cemetery date to the 1850’s. Originally known at Troth, it was formally dedicated in 1881, when land was set aside for a “graveyard forever” by Z.E. Coombes and W.R. . . . — Map (db m108596) HM
Texas (Dallas County), Dallas — 13182 — WRR Radio
A pioneering radio station, WRR Radio grew out of tragic events in early-20th Century Dallas. In 1912, a large fire in southern Dallas required all of the city's firefighting units. While they were on the scene, another fire broke out in the . . . — Map (db m126059) HM
Texas (Dallas County), Farmers Branch — 6820 — Pioneers of Mustang Branch
During the early days of settlement in the northwestern part of Dallas County, the creek that runs nearby was known as Mustang Branch. Most likely named for the Mustang horses that frequented the area or for the Mustang grapes that grew here. The . . . — Map (db m137120) HM
Texas (Dallas County), Grand Prairie — 12012 — LiveStone Lodge No. 152, F. & A. M.
Originally built east of Grand Prairie near the African American community known as “The Line,” LiveStone Lodge No. 152, Free and Accepted Masons, was granted a charter on July 24, 1903 by the Prince Hall Masons of Texas. In 1944, . . . — Map (db m5343) HM
Texas (Dallas County), Irving — 15243 — Bear Creek Community
Settlers began arriving in this area, once a part of Robertson’s Colony, in the 1850s. Early families included the Casters, Borahs, Sowers and Haleys. Following the Civil War, freedmen moved to the area, and friends and families once separated by . . . — Map (db m95918) HM
Texas (Dallas County), Irving — California Crossing
In the middle and late 1800’s, wagon trains carrying settlers and freight covered vast southwestern landscapes that often resembled “Seas of Grass.” The most popular wagons, built in the Pennsylvania towns of Conestoga and Pittsburgh, . . . — Map (db m129806) HM
Texas (Dallas County), Irving — Jackie Mae Townsell
Jackie Mae Townsell has devoted her life to preserving the rich history of Bear Creek and providing a better way of life for the people who call this community home. Born April 7, 1936, Jackie Howard was 13 years old when her family moved from . . . — Map (db m95999) HM
Texas (Dallas County), Irving — Minter's Chapel Cemetery
Soon after lay minister Green W. Minter (1803-1887) moved here about 1854, he helped organize Minter's Chapel Methodist Church. His son in law James Cate set aside 4.1 acres here for a church and a burial ground. The earliest marked grave is of A.M. . . . — Map (db m127880) HM
Texas (Dallas County), Mesquite — 6712 — Florence Ranch Home
David W. (1848-1932) and Julia Savannah (Beaty) Florence (1850-1914) built the first portion of this ranch house in 1871-72 after moving here from Van Zandt County. Elaborate wood trim decorates the gallery of the simple frame structure. The house . . . — Map (db m97699) HM
Texas (Dallas County), Mesquite — 6789 — Z. Motley Cemetery
Zachariah Motley migrated to Texas (1856) from Kentucky with his family and slaves. He and his wife Mary, five sons and three daughters helped settle this area and built their home some 200' northeast of this site, a one-half acre portion of the . . . — Map (db m92012) HM
Texas (Dallas County), Richardson — 6597 — Blewett Cemetery
Established for family and community burials by the Rev. George L. Blewett, this cemetery was first used in 1855 after the death of his daughter Ann. A Cumberland Presbyterian minister, Blewett had come to Texas in 1853 with his family and other . . . — Map (db m126986) HM
Texas (Dallas County), Richardson — First Baptist Church of Richardson
Founded in 1865 with nineteen charter members, this congregation began as Mt. Calvary Baptist Church. Early worship services were held in the Elm Grove schoolhouse. The Rev. J.J. Butler was called as first pastor of the congregation.

William . . . — Map (db m131078) HM

Texas (Dallas County), Richardson — McKamy Spring
Before any European or American settlers entered Texas, Native American tribes passed through the Richardson area and likely camped around what is now known as McKamy Spring. These tribes met with settlers, one of the friendliest being the Yoiuane . . . — Map (db m127290) HM

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