The Dallas Skyline Seen From the Trinity Industrial District — 1950

by Paula Bosse

trinity-industrial-district_1950_flickrClick for larger image (photo from Fabric-Guy/Flickr)

by Paula Bosse

This is a GREAT view that isn’t seen a lot in photos of mid-century Dallas: a view of the bursting skyline, from the Trinity Industrial District. The photo comes from the wall of Burch Fabrics, which (as the John K. Burch Company) opened a new 12,000-square-foot plant in 1950 at 110 Howell Street (the building is seen in the foreground in the photo above).

burch_dmn_051450-photoburch_dmn_051450Dallas Morning News, May 14, 1950

The Trinity Industrial District had entered something of a renaissance in 1950 when the area suddenly exploded with new construction. (Click for larger image.)

trinity-industrial-district_dmn-011451DMN, Jan. 14, 1951

The boundaries of the District were described thusly (DMN, Jan. 14, 1951):

In almost the geographical center of Dallas, the Trinity Industrial District extends northward from the Texas & Pacific Railway to Hampton-Inwood Road, between the main line of the Rock Island Railway and the east levee of the Trinity River.

Here’s another view of the area, from a slightly different angle:

trinity-industrial-district_dmn_011451-photoDMN, Jan. 14, 1951

The photo above was part of a full-page ad touting the growth of the vibrant industrial growth in the District. To see the full-page ad (which features an impressively lengthy list of firms which “now occupy or have buildings under construction”), click here.

All that open space!

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Top photo from Fabric-Guy, viewable on Flickr, here.

Clippings from The Dallas Morning News, as noted.

The location around the John K. Burch Co., today (Google):

trinity-industrial-district_google

Most images larger when clicked.

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