South Pearl, In the Shadow of Downtown — 1950s

by Paula Bosse

farmers-mkt-area_repub-bank-bldg_1950s_portalSkyscraper vs. paper hat (click for much larger image)

by Paula Bosse

Great shot of the Farmers Market area, showing the 400 block of South Pearl. South Pearl intersects with Canton at the light, halfway up the photo. Just past the intersection on the left is the IOOF Oddfellows Temple. And the Republic National Bank Building — which, until 1959, was the tallest building in the city — looms at the top left. (I think this is the same view seen here a decade or so earlier.)

Below, a map of the area today, with an X marking the spot seen in this photo. This area — where all the wholesale produce markets used to be — is now, largely, condos. Call me crazy, but I will always prefer gritty street corners to sterile condos. …Always.

canton_s-pearl_bing(click for larger image)

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Photo from the Dallas Farmers Market — Henry Forschmidt Collection 1938-1986, Dallas Municipal Archives; it can be viewed via the Portal to Texas History, here (with a not-entirely correct description).

Map from Bing.

Previous Flashback Dallas posts on the Farmers Market area can be found here.

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