Dallas Gets Vertical: 1887-1925

by Paula Bosse

east-from-courthouse_1887Looking east from the courthouse, ca. 1887 (click for larger image)

by Paula Bosse

Above and below, the view of downtown Dallas looking east from the courthouse, with Main Street on the left and Commerce on the right. The top photo was taken about 1887, the bottom one in 1925. When The Dallas Morning News ran the two photos, part of the caption read:

So far as known [the top photograph] is the only picture in existence which shows the Dallas Opera House at the southwest corner of Commerce and Austin streets. It also shows the old Grand Windsor Hotel. Note the vacant lots and the unpaved condition of the streets and the horsedrawn vehicles on Main. This picture was made by H. B. Hillyer & Son.

What a difference 38 years makes — the horizon has disappeared!

east-from-courthouse_1925_dmn_100125Same view, 1925


Photos and excerpted text from The Dallas Morning News, Oct. 1, 1925.

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