Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas. Page: 182 of 1,110
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HISTORY OF DALLAS OOUNTY.
kind of punishment was inflicted to-day we
would have less stealing.
"I remember the burning of Dallas in
1860. I was
not in town that day.
The fire started on the west side of
the square at Wallace Peak's drug store.
While the people were at work trying to
check it at that point it broke out on the
east side, and then they told me it broke out
here and there so fast that they could not
keep up with it. There is no doubt but the
negroes fired the town. They said they did,
and the two white preachers, whom they said
had put them up to it, were whipped and
sent out of the country. Just before the fire
Alex. Cockrell had built a three-story brick
tavern. The building was 50x 100 feet, and
it was the largest and finest building in all
North Texas. It burned. A brick wareroom
on the north side of Commerce Street
covers the spot where this tavern was built.
I kept the first tavern in Dallas in a small
house on the north side of the square. Old
man Tom Crutchfield rented it, and finally he
built the old Crutchfield house on the northwest
corner of the square, which was burned
several times. But speaking of the hanging
of the three negroes for setting fire to Dallas,
in 1860, when excavations were being made
for the Texas
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Lewis Publishing Company. Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas., book, 1892; Chicago, Illinois. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth20932/m1/182/: accessed December 15, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Dallas Public Library.