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 Collection: Rescuing Texas History, 2006
[Main Street, Elkhart, Texas]

[Main Street, Elkhart, Texas]

Date: c. 1900
Creator: unknown
Description: Photo of Main Street, Elkhart Texas. This whole town burned at one point and when it was rebuilt, all the main buildings were made of brick.
Contributing Partner: Palestine Public Library
[First Baptist Church - Palestine, Texas]

[First Baptist Church - Palestine, Texas]

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: This is a photo of the First Baptist Church, which is located on Kolstad Street in Palestine.
Contributing Partner: Palestine Public Library
[Unidentified Colonel]

[Unidentified Colonel]

Date: June 1943
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of an unidentified man in uniform (with the rank of colonel). He is standing in the midst of jungle foliage and holding a lit cigarette in his left hand. Written on the back of the photo: "To my devoted friend, Bill Blackshear - June 1943 - South Sea Islands - (In the jungles) and I don't mean maybe! Taken on recent trip north and didn't miss a thing.
Contributing Partner: Palestine Public Library
[Unidentified Church]

[Unidentified Church]

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: Photo of an unidentified church. Photo is from the William Blackshear collection, which was donated to the Palestine Public Library.
Contributing Partner: Palestine Public Library
[The White Way - Spring Street - Palestine, TX.]

[The White Way - Spring Street - Palestine, TX.]

Date: 1900
Creator: unknown
Description: The White Way, Spring Street, Palestine, TX. Known as this because of the way the streetlights lining the center of the road lit the way at night. This photo was made from an old post card.
Contributing Partner: Palestine Public Library
[Wedding Invitation for Shirley Townsend and Mr. Murray Courtney Howell]

[Wedding Invitation for Shirley Townsend and Mr. Murray Courtney Howell]

Date: July 14, 1951
Creator: unknown
Description: Invitation to the wedding of Shirley Jeannine Townsend to Murray Courtney Howell. (Handwriting on the front of the invitation) Courtney was my godson. I baptised his elder Bro while Vicar of Escondido, California. in 1924-25 - Wm. Blackshear. Photo is from the William Blackshear collection, which was donated to the Palestine Public Library.
Contributing Partner: Palestine Public Library
[Unidentified Soldier]

[Unidentified Soldier]

Date: September 16, 1944
Creator: unknown
Description: (back of photo) September 16, 1944. Photo is from the William Blackshear collection, which was donated to the Palestine Public Library.
Contributing Partner: Palestine Public Library
[600 Block S. May - Dilley's Iron Foundry]

[600 Block S. May - Dilley's Iron Foundry]

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: Illinois-native George Mansfield Dilley, the prominent railroad-building contractor who played an instrumental role in the expansion of railroads throughout Texas and the South, established this foundry in 1873, one year after the railroad arrived in Palestine. The George M. Dilley & Son Foundry, located adjacent to the I&GN tracks, at one time contained more than ten buildings. The enterprise manufactured some farm equipment and machinery, but its primary output was gray iron and brass castings for Texas railroads. The elder Dilley moved to Dallas in the 1880s, but the foundry continued to be run by his son, George Edward Dilley – one of Palestine’s most prominent citizens of the late 19th century. G.E. Dilley continued operations at the foundry until his death in 1932; his son Clarence V. Dilley then took over until his own death five years later. In the mid-1930s, the plant had an average payroll of about twenty thousand dollars, for a workforce of twenty to twenty-five men. The foundry ceased operations in the late 1930s. All that remains today are the frame office building, the nearby brick brass furnace building, and a lengthy iron fence which borders the property and faces May Street (which local historians ...
Contributing Partner: Palestine Public Library
[New Church - Angleton, TX.]

[New Church - Angleton, TX.]

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: (back of photo) Photo of the Interior of the Ne Church at Angleton, TX. at Easter. From the William Blackshear collection, which was donated to the Palestine Public Library.
Contributing Partner: Palestine Public Library
[Third Anderson County Courthouse]

[Third Anderson County Courthouse]

Date: 1885 - 1916
Creator: unknown
Description: In 1885, Palestine, like most of the country, was in the midst of a depression, complicated by a series of railroad strikes, so there was little new construction. However, Anderson County had to have a new courthouse because the old one was literally falling down. And they were determined to have the finest and most up-to-date building that could be constructed. The Architect that was hired was William C. Dodson of Waco and building commenced in June of 1885 after demolition was completed on the old building. It was completed in May 1886 at a cost of $40,000 and was indeed impressive looking with it's tall three story dome and clocktower. The life of the building was cut short when a couple of incendiaries set fire to it on the night of January 6, 1913, in order to destroy evidence against one of them. The plan failed because the actual court records were housed in fireproof rooms, which were not damaged.
Contributing Partner: Palestine Public Library