Elm Street 1945

Elm Street 1945

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Today we take a look at a photo showcasing the style and vibrant colors of Elm Street in downtown Dallas. This view looking east from Akard Street provides a glimpse onto Theater Row; the Fox, Queen, Capitol, Rialto, and Palace are all visible. Out of all the buildings bathed in sunshine on the north side of [...]

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The Statler Steak House Menu

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While the Empire Room was the notable entertainment hub of the Statler Hilton, casual restaurants rounded out the hotel’s dining offerings. Lesser known was the Statler Steak House, a restaurant featuring steaks, specialties, and various drink options. The original menu provides a glimpse of some of the offerings in 1965, including the Statler Mile High Ice Cream [...]

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Winter Storms Cause Havoc in Downtown Dallas

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Winter storms are not new for Dallas, and they never fail to cause confusion and congestion on city streets. Downtown Dallas has seen its fair share of slippery weather, as seen in the two photos below. The first photo, taken in 1958, looks west on Elm Street from Akard Street. Back when Elm Street carried [...]

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Dallas Skyline, 1931 vs. 1951

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One image was taken at the peak of an era. Another was shot at the start of an era. These two similar photos of the Dallas skyline — taken 20 years apart — reveal some interesting changes to the downtown landscape. By 1931 — when the first photo was taken — the city of Dallas [...]

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Roosevelt’s 1936 Visit to Dallas

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In 1936 President Roosevelt visited Dallas to deliver a special address at the Cotton Bowl — part of the Texas Centennial Exposition’s celebration at Fair Park. As the President’s motorcade drove east on Main Street towards Deep Ellum enthusiastic crowds watched and waved. Seventy-six years later, a photo from the same location at Main and [...]

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A Turnpike for Pedestrians

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There has been a long history of turnpikes and toll roads in the DFW Metroplex; road construction costs assure us that there will be more to come (even controversially). Normally constructed for auto traffic, downtown Dallas once contained the nation’s shortest turnpike… for pedestrians. Located between busy Elm and Pacific Streets, a small parking lot became [...]