Legacies: A History Journal for Dallas and North Central Texas, Volume 22, Number 2, Fall 2010 Page: 5
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George W. Guess
population was 775: 678 whites and 97 slaves.'
A number of the Council's minutes for 1860
through 1862 appeared in the weekly Dallas
Herald.John M. Crockett was the mayor until he
was nominated to run for Lieutenant Governor
ofTexas in the 1861 election. Crockett was suc-
ceeded by J. L. Smith. who occupied the office
until the August election." Guess, who became
Recorder, was responsible for the council min-
As a member of the council, Guess dealt
with such issues as pigs running wild in the
town, destroying gardens and lawns. This pig
issue haunted Dallas politicians for years. As a
solution, if a pig was caught inside a fenced
property, it could be shot. Another long-term
problem was the condition of the streets. In dry
seasons they were dusty; and when wet they were
muddy. Guess's council temporarily solved the
problem by having citizens, at their own
expense, gravel the city square and 200 feet of
those streets leading into the square in exchange
for taxes owed to the amount spent. And the
council made it illegal for citizens needing dirt
and sand to take it from holes dug in the streets.
It was also illegal to ride a horse on the town's
sidewalks and to throw waste and offal there.
The city's morals were addressed as well. Nine-
and ten- pin alleys had to pay a $60 operating tax
every four months, and fines were placed on
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