Dallas Fire Stations — 1951
by Paula Bosse
by Paula Bosse
Above and below, an interesting collection of snapshots of firehouses which were dotted around the city in 1951.
Edited: Because I found so many weird errors in the magazine’s captions (“Almons Road” is supposed to be “Abrams Road,” for instance…), I just went and looked them all up. There are a lot of errors! The corrected list — or at least the best I could do — is below. A surprising number of the buildings are still standing.
1) Station No. 32: 7007 Benning (at Jim Miller, in Urbandale)
2) Station No. 22: 3004 Armstrong (at Central Expressway)
3) Station No. 16: 5501 Columbia
4) Station No. 4: 1602 Young Street
5) Station No. 3: 3215 Gaston (see it around 1901 in the first photo in this post)
6) Station No. 14: 834 W. Tenth (and Tyler)
7) Station No. 12: 2300 S. Ervay
8) Station No. 13: 425 S. Hampton
9) Station No. 7: 706 E. 10th
10) Station No. 18: 1003 McKinney
11) Station No. 23: 1735 S. Ewing
12) Station No. 31: 9365 Garland Rd.
13) Station No. 19: 5600 East Grand
14) Station No. 31: 9365 Garland Rd. (again!)
15) Station No. 5: 3801 Parry
16) Station No. 11: 3828 Cedar Springs (which I wrote about here)
17) Station No. 8: 4422 Live Oak
18) Central Station: 2111 Main (now 2121 Main)
19) Station No. 29: 2449 Abrams Rd.
20) Love Field Station
21) Station No. 6: 2202 Forest Avenue (several pictures of this station are in this post)
23) Station No. 24: 2331 Poplar
24) Station No. 15: 600 N. Bishop (now Gloria’s restaurant — I wrote about the station here)
25) Station No. 27: 8401 Douglas
26) Station No. 26: 3303 W. Jefferson
27) Station No. 17: 5435 Lewis
28) Station No. 25: 4239 Lancaster
Sources & Notes
Photos are from the trade magazine Texas Fireman, 75th Anniversary Edition (June 1951), which is scanned in full here (the individual photo montages are on pages 40, 42, and 44); from the collection of the Dallas Firefighters Museum, via the Portal to Texas History.
See a few fire houses from 50 years before the ones seen above, in the Flashback Dallas post “Dallas Fire Stations — 1901.”
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I was wondering if you or someone in our group has any information on my neighborhood I used to live in the 50-60’s.
It’s called El Poso in South Dallas.
Good-Latimer, Forest Ave, Oakland Blvd.
Also, .my elementary school, Alamo Elementary on Hickory Street.
I’d really appreciate any feedback from anyone anywhere.
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Hi Rick. I’ve been meaning to write about the Alamo school. I can’t find much at all on El Poso, except that there was some sort of documentary screened at the Latino Cultural Center in Jan. 2023: “Historical Bus Tour of El Poso, a Former Hispanic Neighborhood of Dallas 1920 – 1970,” produced by Javier Sanchez. If you have Facebook, more on that event is here: https://www.facebook.com/HogarDeDallas/
Yes, I went to this meeting about El Poso back in January. It was so good to see people I hadn’t seen 😂 in many years.
We’re having an El Poso get together in June at the Golden Corral in Mesquite if you want to publicize this, I would appreciate it.
I don’t know the exact date yet, but as soon as I know, I’ll let you know.
Please do. Thanks, Rick!