Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas. Page: 252 of 1,110
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HISTORY OF DALLAS OOUNTY.
acres in extent and situated less than two
miles from the center of your city, and taking
into consideration the fact that lands
adjoining these are now selling for $1,500 to
$2,000 per acre as fast as they are put on the
market. I do not think it an over-estimate to
place yours at the maximum, viz.: $180,000.
"'The total cost of your building and improvement
account, $177,322.71, covers a
full mile regulation track first-class in every
respect, five miles of graveled drives and
walks inside your grounds, an exposition
building 200 x 300 feet; a horticultural hall
60x 180 feet; a farmn and mill product hall
16x 200 feet; a poultry building 16 x 200
feet; a geological hall 45 x 45 feet; an agricultural
implement hall 60x600 feet; a
power hall 75 x 300 feet, and fitted with all
necessary boilers, engines, shafting and
pulleys; two rows of privilege booths, one
48 x 200 feet, and the other 50 x 200 feet; a
grand stand 50 x 250 feet; 134 race stables
12 x 14 feet eaci; 100 exhibition horse stables
10 x 12 feet each; 500 stalls for cattle,
and pens for 500 sheep and swine. Your
grounds are supplied with water through
5,000 feet of service pipe, owned by your
association, and they are ornamented by shade
trees, evergreens, flowering shrubs and roses
donated to you by exhibitors, and.the whole
is enclosed by an eight-foot tight board
painted fence, some 10,000 feet in length.
The great St. Louis Exposition, standing today
without an equal, and as a living memorial
to the city's enterprise, located in the
midst of her 300,000 population, supported
by 2,000 stockholders, with a capital stock of
$1,000,000, aided by her trades unions, her
veiled prophets, her brilliant street illuminations,
and honored by the presence of our
nation's ruler, held open doors for forty days,
with $126,000 receipts.
"' The Texas State Fair and Dallas Expo.
sition, a mere infant in age, scarce two years
old, located in a city of less than 50,000
souls; and aided by nothing save its own
merits, ran seventeen days and took in
" The comparison speaks for itself. Thus
closed the second fair. The clouds of doubt
and adversity began to break away and let in
the sunshine and prosperity, and it became a
"The public with one accord began to
appreciate, and pronounced it a most potent
factor in the development of the lnany advantages
and vast resources of the State at
large, and the third entertainment was organized
with J. S. Armstrong, one of the old
stand-bys, as president, who was supported
by a directory composed of the veterans who
had enlisted on the first call and who fell in
ranks confident of the glorious success which
crowned their efforts during the twenty-one
days-October 11 to 31, 1888-they held
" The Fourth Annual Fair and Exposition
October 15 to 27, 1889, was organized with
the Hon. Henry Exall at the helm as president,
C. A. Cour as secretary, with Leo
Wolfson assistant, and Mrs. R. L. Barlow in
charge of the Ladies' Department.
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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/m1/252/: accessed September 25, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Dallas Public Library.