Mesquite Public Library

About Mesquite

The Texas and Pacific Railway established Mesquite as a depot town in North Texas in May 1873. Located in east-central Dallas County, the newly created town began to grow, and citizens incorporated the town in 1887.

The Mesquite Public Library has preserved photos that provide a glimpse into everyday life in Mesquite and some of its surrounding communities during these first formative decades. Family life with its weddings, news babies, and homes; commerce and even the interruption of war were captured in still photography.

The number of growing school children, the variety of businesses and the establishment of churches show the blossoming of the Mesquite community. Even though Mesquite only had a population of 687 in 1910, photographs from the era reveal that a solid foundation had already been established for the city it would become in the future.


Virginia Mundt, Director of Library Services



Mesquite Public Library System
300 West Grubb Drive
Mesquite, TX 75149


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Mesquite Public Library, partner contributing to The Portal to Texas History. University of North Texas Libraries. accessed June 19, 2024.

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