From the Vault: Dallas in 1879 — Not a Good Time to Be Mayor

by Paula Bosse

main-jefferson_1879_greeneView from the courthouse, looking  north

by Paula Bosse

The photo above was taken in 1879 from the top of the courthouse. Inside that very courthouse at this time, bad blood was brewing between the mayor and a lawyer, and three years later, one of them would kill the other in a courtroom. I don’t know why I love this story so much — probably  because of the incredibly gory-but-matter-of-fact newspaper report of the 1882 shooting. Read about the political feud that ultimately erupted in gunfire from the bench — and see this photo really, really big — in my earlier post (updated with a few new links), here.

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