Your Dallas of Tomorrow: A Master Plan for a Greater Dallas Page: 7
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Historic "East Dallas Depot"-Early Terminus of The Houston & Texas Central
and The Texas & Pacific Railroads
and express lines operating in every direc-
tion, flying regular schedules to the prin-
cipal cities of the north, east, west and the
City of Mexico.
The discovery of oil in all directions
around Dallas gave additional impetus to
its growth, bringing new types of business
to the city. It is the home of the Federal
Reserve Bank of the Eleventh District and
is a leading financial and insurance center.
Recently, the Eighth Army Corps has
made Dallas its headquarters.
The railroads have made Dallas a stra-
tegic location for the distribution of goods,
especially those brought in by rail from
the north and east, and have made it
possible for Dallas to become a large in-
land cotton market. One of the first dis-
tribution activities to develop in Dallas was
the agricultural implement business; with
the continued growth and development of
the city's trade territory, practically all
other lines of business have been added.
Credit must also be given to the State
Fair of Texas for a large share in the
development of the city. The first fair
was held in Dallas in 1886. In 1936 the
State Fair grounds were leased to the Texas
Centennial Exposition and the following
year to The Greater Texas and Pan-Amer-
But the biggest share of the credit for
building a great city must go to the cit-
izens of Dallas. The first two railroads
did not include Dallas in their routes and
it was only because the citizens saw the
wonderful opportunities that would be
presented to the village if these lines could
be persuaded to change their routes.
Change they did after generous contribu-
tions had been made by the Dallas citizens.
The citizens also sponsored the State Fair
and footed the bills. In nearly every in-
stance when opportunity knocked, Dallas
citizens got busy and did whatever was
necessary to locate new institutions. Among
these have been Southern Methodist Uni-
versity, the Federal Reserve Bank, the
Southwestern Medical Center, Grand Op-
era and Love Field.
Dr. J. F. Kimball, "Our City-Dallas".
Herbert Gambrell, Director, Dallas Historical Society.
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Harland Bartholomew and Associates. Your Dallas of Tomorrow: A Master Plan for a Greater Dallas, report, September 1943; Dallas, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth610711/m1/9/: accessed September 25, 2023), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Dallas Municipal Archives.