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[Centenary Methodist Church - Palestine Texas]

Description: This is a picture of the first Centenary Methodist Church. It was built around 1884 and was in use until sometime around 1910, when a new building was constructed at 422 S. Magnolia.
Date: 1900~
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Palestine Public Library

[1420 N. Queen]

Description: Photograph of the front and north side of a one-story, modified L-plan house with Queen Anne-style ornamentation painted white with pink accents, located at 1420 N. Queen in Palestine, Texas.
Date: June 1991
Creator: Hardy, Heck, Moore
Item Type: Photograph
Location Info:
Partner: Palestine Public Library

[814 S. Sycamore]

Description: Photograph of the front and side of the "Pennybacker Campbell House," a 2 ½-story, white, frame, Queen Anne-style house located at 814 S. Sycamore in Palestine, Texas.
Date: June 1991
Creator: Hardy, Heck, Moore
Item Type: Photograph
Location Info:
Partner: Palestine Public Library

[503 E. Angelina]

Description: Photograph of the front of the "Pierce Petroleum House," a one-story, white house with green trim that has Classical Revival-style ornamentation, located at 503 E. Angelina in Palestine, Texas.
Date: June 1991
Creator: Hardy, Heck, Moore
Item Type: Photograph
Location Info:
Partner: Palestine Public Library

[600 Block S. May]

Description: Photograph of the south and east sides of the Dilley Foundry Furnace Building located on the 600 block of S. May in Palestine, Texas. It is a one-story brick building that housed furnaces for the Dilley foundry; it is surrounded by trees and is overgrown with vegetation.
Date: June 1991
Creator: Hardy, Heck, Moore
Item Type: Photograph
Location Info:
Partner: Palestine Public Library

[507 E. Park Avenue]

Description: Photograph of the front and west side of a one-story, white, frame house located at 507 E. Park Avenue in Palestine, Texas. The house has Craftsman bungalow architecture, including broad porch columns.
Date: June 1991
Creator: Hardy, Heck, Moore
Item Type: Photograph
Location Info:
Partner: Palestine Public Library

[Elkhart Tx Main Street]

Description: Photo of Main Street, Elkhart Texas. This whole town burned at one point and when it was rebuilt, all the main buildings were made of brick.
Date: unknown
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Palestine Public Library

[The Hodges Dry Goods Company]

Description: The Hodges Dry Goods Company was established in 1885 and the building on Oak Street was built in 1892 by A.B. and D.M. Hodges. The building was 50 by 100 feet. At the corner of Oak and N. Magonlia and it was the first business establishment on Oak Street.
Date: unknown
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Palestine Public Library

[Aerial View of Palestine]

Description: Aerial view of Palestine looking west from the courthouse, down Avenue A toward Spring Street.
Date: unknown
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Palestine Public Library

[Palestine Herald Building]

Description: The old Palestine Herald Building. The name of this newspaper was changed to the Palestine Herald Press during the 1940's and the offices were moved sometime after that date. This building is located on Avenue A in Palestine.
Date: unknown
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Palestine Public Library

[600 Block S. May - Dilley's Iron Foundry]

Description: Illinois-native George Mansfield Dilley, the prominent railroad-building contractor who played an instrumental role in the expansion of railroads throughout Texas and the South, established this foundry in 1873, one year after the railroad arrived in Palestine. The George M. Dilley & Son Foundry, located adjacent to the I&GN tracks, at one time contained more than ten buildings. The enterprise manufactured some farm equipment and machinery, but its primary output was gray iron and brass castings for Texas railroads. The elder Dilley moved to Dallas in the 1880s, but the foundry continued to be run by his son, George Edward Dilley – one of Palestine’s most prominent citizens of the late 19th century. G.E. Dilley continued operations at the foundry until his death in 1932; his son Clarence V. Dilley then took over until his own death five years later. In the mid-1930s, the plant had an average payroll of about twenty thousand dollars, for a workforce of twenty to twenty-five men. The foundry ceased operations in the late 1930s. All that remains today are the frame office building, the nearby brick brass furnace building, and a lengthy iron fence which borders the property and faces May Street (which local historians believe was named after G.M. Dilley’s infant daughter, Edna May Dilley, who died in 1872).
Date: unknown
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Palestine Public Library

[Gatewood Shelton Gin]

Description: The Gatewood-Shelton Gin is a 2-story metal-clad structure that faces north onto W. Crawford Street, just beyond the northern limits of Palestine’s historic downtown. Lacking any stylistic ornament, the free-standing structure originally housed a cotton ginning operation, but now houses a private club. All of the gin equipment and machinery was removed from the premises, leaving only the shell of the original building. The land on which the Gin is located was the site of perhaps the earliest settlement in what became the City of Palestine. In the early 1840’s this land belonged to James R. Fulton and Johnson Shelton, who operated an Indian trading post and grist mill on the site. When, in 1846, the Texas Legislature created Palestine to serve as seat for the newly established Anderson County, the new town was laid out just to the east of Fulton and Shelton’s trading post. The two men, along with William Bigelow, were hired by the first Anderson County commissioners to survey the surrounding land and lay out a town site, consisting of a central courthouse square and the surrounding 24 blocks. It is thought that the earliest business on the site, other than the trading post, was the Eureka Gin Manufacturing Company, which built several tin buildings here during the early 1880’s. These buildings were continually modified and adapted over the years, and they arrived in the configuration shown in this picture by about 1920. Later, the operation is listed in the 1914 business directory as the Morris Gin Machine Company. By 1926-27, the property was home to both the Morris Machine Company, which used the front portion of the building, and the Morris-Shelton Gin at the rear. It was the sole cotton gin operating in Palestine, according to city directories. By 1935-36, according to city directories, the ...
Date: unknown
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Palestine Public Library

[The White Way - Spring Street - Palestine, TX.]

Description: The White Way, Spring Street, Palestine, TX. Known as this because of the way the streetlights lining the center of the road lit the way at night. This photo was made from an old post card.
Date: 1900
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Palestine Public Library

[F.S. and Lela Wallace Jackson Headstone]

Description: The headstone of F.S. Jackson - Born Jan 8, 1854 - Died July 25, 1884, and his wife, Lela Wallace Jackson - Born March 2, 1863 - Died April 28, 1883. This headstone is located in the Bethel Cemetery, Bethel, Anderson County, Texas.
Date: unknown
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Palestine Public Library

[Elkhart, Texas]

Description: Photo of Main Street, Elkhart Texas. This whole town burned at one point and when it was rebuilt, all the main buildings were made of brick.
Date: 1900~
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Palestine Public Library

[Unidentified House]

Description: Photograph of an unidentified house thought to have been located in Palestine, Texas.
Date: unknown
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Palestine Public Library

[Children at Play]

Description: Children at play in front of the old Palestine High School Gym. Note this is not the old Rusk School.
Date: unknown
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Palestine Public Library

[100 S. Sycamore - Pearlstone Grocery Company]

Description: This building is one of the relatively few historic warehouses to survive in Palestine. The building is indicative of how little stylistic ornamentation was applied to buildings that were used for utilitarian purposes. The building does have paired, double-hung windows set within segmented arches and vertical brick piers that define the bays. The Davidson-Pearlstone Grocery Company was in operation at this site for several years following its formation in 1899. In 1904 local businessman Hyman Pearlstone bought the controlling interest and renamed the company. According to local historians, J.T. Sweetman bought an interest in the firm in 1905. The Pearlstone Grocery Company opened in this building in January 1913.
Date: February 1993
Creator: Goebel, Matt
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Palestine Public Library