Main Street Traffic — c. 1905
by Paula Bosse
Main, east from Murphy (DeGolyer Library, SMU)
by Paula Bosse
Another day, another dollar. At left, the City National Bank, which was built in 1902-03. At right (and below), a woman dodging traffic to catch a streetcar.
Sources & Notes
Stereograph image from the Lawrence T. Jones III Texas Photography Collection, DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University; it is accessible here.
The DeGolyer description reads “Looking east on Main Street.” The City National Bank at the left was at the northeast corner of Murphy and Main, which would be, today, about where One Main Place stands.
A photo of the City National Bank, from the 1909 Worley’s directory:
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I know this is an old post but it is new to me. So a belated thanks for bringing the City National Bank building to my attention. It was an impressive looking building in its day. I found some more information. It was built in 1903 and its size was doubled in 1917. Then in 1938 there was a plan that would replace it but after years of disuse it was occupied again in 1940. It was vacated again in 1949 but I think it was soon reoccupied by various entities (mostly Murchison related) until the whole block was demolished for One Main Place in 1963. Reference: http://bit.ly/1NOFJIS
Out of curiosity I made a wiggle gif from the original SMU stereograph: http://i.imgur.com/XOL9Uml.gif
Also I found another photo looking the opposite direction down Main from around the same time where you can see it: https://www.flickr.com/photos/internetarchivebookimages/14597552757/
While Murphy no longer exists there is a crosswalk on Commerce and Main that notes its old location. You can see it on Main here: https://goo.gl/maps/idjwgXn38b42
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Thanks, Robert. I plan a post someday on the City National Bank. I think I have some pretty cool photos of the interior.
I look forward to the post. The only interior photo I found was a low quality one in the DMN archives. Also I hope you can clarify its fate. I couldn’t find any photos that show how long it survived as it looked in 1917.