Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas. Page: 275 of 1,110
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HISTORY OF DALLAS COUNTY.
Bennett, Webb, Byrd, Armstrong, West,
Cox, Lee, Atterbury, Brandenburg, Brotherton,
Moss, Keenan, Vale, Chenowith, Meyers,
Coates, Cooke, Leake, Vance, Willburn,
Stout, Mooneyham, Merrill, Leonard, Keen,
Lanier, Miller, Wright, McCracken, Nix,
Newton, Howell, Narboe, Bopplewell, Pullion,
Prigam, Jackson, Prewett, Phillip, Shahan,
Snow, Valentine, Patterson, Walker and
Eakins, and John M. Crockett, who was
Lieutenant Governor of Texas in 1861.
It has been the pleasure of a few of these
pioneers to behold their little village nestling
on the east banks of the Trinity transformed
into a most magnificient city, and they are
beloved, respected and honored for their public
and private fame as well as for being the
founders of the metropolis of the Southwest.
While with these first settlers the conditions
of existence were rudimentary and very crude,
they were favorable for the future, and with
strong hopes for better conditions they endured
privation and struggles with much
The nearest shipping point was Jefferson,
150 miles east, to which place steamboats
brought all domestic commodities, such as
sugar, coffee, molasses, flour, and so forth,
and all kinds of farming implements. A
trip from Dallas to this market was one of
the greatest undertakings.
Dallas was named in honor of Vice-President
George M. Dallas, who was Vice-President
of the United States when James K.
Polk was President, 1845-1849. The town a
was incorporated on the 22d of February, z
1856, the charter having been drawn by Nat.
M. Burford, who is still living in Dallas, and
has always been regarded as an able and superior
man, and as one of the best known
judges in the State, and who was colonel of
a Confederate cavalry regiment and speaker
of the House of Representatives in the
In addition to the advantages of location,
Dallas can boast of possessing one of the
most delightful climates anywhere to be
found. The city has never been visited by
an epidemic. People have been known to
resort here afflicted witl the most dangerous
diseases from epidemic regions, even the yellow
fever, and have died within her limits,
but without spreading the disease. In fact,
the climate in Dallas is unexcelled. The
mercury scarcely ever falls below freezing
point and seldom remains in the nineties
during the summer seasons. The citizens
are seldom kept from their business by
extreme weather of any kind, but are permnitted
to work almost every day of the year.
DALLAS' PECULIAR ADVANTAGES.
Colonel John F. Elliott, one of the substantial
and influential citizens of the city,
and one of the most fluent writers in the
State, not long since, in writing of Dallas
and her many superior advantages, said:
"The investments of Northern capitalists
nd the accumulated earnings of its own citi;ens,
have made Dallas the State's financial
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Lewis Publishing Company. Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas., book, 1892; Chicago, Illinois. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth20932/m1/275/?q=: accessed November 30, 2023), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Dallas Public Library.