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‘Lost Dallas’ Explores City’s Demolished

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Showcasing the city’s lost landmarks, historic preservation officer Mark Doty recently authored a book entitled Lost Dallas. The book — part of Arcadia Publishing’s “Images of America” series — features more than 200 images of buildings that have been demolished throughout the history of the city. The photos help document decades of change in Dallas… [...]

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Interpreting Historic Places in the City

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Last week new interpretive signs were installed at Main Street Garden to showcase architecture surrounding the active park. In the works for several years, these news signs serve as the first demonstration project in a program hoped to expand to other areas of downtown Dallas. Preservation Dallas created the sign program in memory of Gail [...]

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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 [...]

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Thanks-Giving Square

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The celebration of thanksgiving and gratitude has a long history in the City of Dallas, stretching back to the first community thanksgiving program in 1861. With the creation of a park in the heart of downtown, a major infrastructure project spanning 15 years launched Dallas to become the unofficial world capital of thanksgiving. Today we explore the history of [...]