“Everyday Life” on Elm Street — ca. 1905
by Paula Bosse
Elm Street rush hour (click for larger image)
by Paula Bosse
Automobiles would be rolling down Elm Street very soon, but even when the traffic was still mostly horse-related, there’s a lot going on here: horses, buggies, barrels, saloons, a bored kid on a wagon, a street car, and the Wilson Building.
And what was The Mint? The Mint was a saloon. I’m not sure when it first set up shop in Dallas, but it was listed in an 1877 directory, one of the city’s earliest.
Speaking of 1877, read about a typical frontier day at The Mint in two accounts of a stabbing, from The Dallas Herald in April, 1877, here, and the follow-up, here.
Photo is from a stereograph titled “Everyday Life, Elm Street, Dallas, Tex.” from the Keystone-Mast Collection, UCR/California Museum of Photography, University of California at Riverside; it can be accessed here.
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Copyright © 2015 Paula Bosse. All Rights Reserved.
Like the kid on the wagon a whole lot; wonder if he got wet in that shower? And looming over The Mint is one of Nabisco’s Uneeda Biscuit signs. Nation-wide advertising has well and truly arrived!
Thew mint was a saloon and a great one at that……the iron cast store front was a very good logo that had European facade from New York and St Louis…Dallas in 1905 was a perfect time and place with so many German Immigrants that you hear so little about….great story….