Katy, Comin’ ‘Round the Bend — 1908

by Paula Bosse


by Paula Bosse

I love this photo — taken not far from where I grew up — showing an MKT train waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay out in the country.

The Katy approaches Dallas. This spot would be near Mockingbird Lane and Greenville today. It was taken about 1908.”

I’m just going to imagine the dearly departed Dr Pepper plant in the background. I grew up very close to here, and I would lie awake in bed as a child and hear train whistles a few blocks away. Even though the railroad tracks across Mockingbird, just east of Central, were removed several years ago, I automatically slow down when I drive across where they had been, still expecting to drive over the raised rails.

I sound old. (Am I old?) No, I’m not old! (…Am I?) Hmm. Maybe it’s time to start handing out ribbon candy to the neighborhood children who fetch my hat pins, lye soap, and a bolt of gingham from the sundries counter of the dry goods store in town.


Photo and caption from Dallas, The Deciding Years by A. C. Greene (Austin: Encino Press, 1973).

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