Legacies: A History Journal for Dallas and North Central Texas, Volume 26, Number 2, Fall 2014 Page: 4
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Colonel Henry Exall
Building Texas from the Ground Up
BY DAVID EXALL STEWART
ne hundred years ago, Fair Park Coli-
seum was packed with thousands-from tenant
farmers to leading businessmen-who came to
pay tribute to the life of one of Texas' foremost
citizens. "It is a long time," The Galveston News
opined in 1914, "since the death of any man in
Texas has evoked so many eulogies as did that of
Col. Henry Exall."1
Those who know the name these days most-
ly associate Exall with assembling the land that
would become Highland Park. But at the time of
his passing, Exall was beloved for helping thou-
sands of Texas farmers to adopt scientific farm-
ing methods, improve their soil, and boost their
yields (as well as profits).
The Civil War veteran, cattleman, banker,
developer, horse-breeder, and civic leader under-
took this effort at age 61 because he felt close to
the causes involved. Increasing the efficiencies of
farmers would help feed the "great tide of peo-
ple" streaming into the cities. And those efficien-
cies would put more money into the pockets of
farmers, and so into the state's economy.
But Exall had personal reasons, too.
An opportunity in the cattle business brought
Henry Exall to Texas from his native Virginia (by
way of Kentucky) in 1876. At age 28, he settled
in Tarrant County, where he had the opportu-
nity to participate in driving cattle north to mar-
ket, across the Great Plains before the advent of
The cattle business and his financial acumen
soon landed him in Lampasas Springs, which expe-
rienced a short-lived railroad boom starting in 1881.
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Dallas Historical Society. Legacies: A History Journal for Dallas and North Central Texas, Volume 26, Number 2, Fall 2014, periodical, Autumn 2014; Dallas, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth586973/m1/6/?q=exall: accessed September 16, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Dallas Historical Society.