A 1956 wet-dry election map

The map is courtesy of Oak Cliff resident Scott Griggs, an attorney who has been researching wet-dry issues in the neighborhood for several years. It does seem to show that Justice of the Peace Precinct 7, where the 1956 election was held, was not "wholly contained" within the city of Dallas, as noted in state law. That’s because JP 7 included two other cities, Cockrell Hill and Fruitdale (the latter of which became part of Dallas several years later).

If the map is accurate, and we’re a long way from the proper authorities deciding whether that’s the case, then Oak Cliff voters won’t have to use a concurrent ballot if the wet-dry election is held in November.

The map and accompanying story are from the Dec. 2, 1956 issue of The Dallas Morning News. The story has many interesting bits, including an analysis of whether this election is the next step toward turning all of Dallas dry. It also notes that there were 522 beer and wine retailers in Oak Cliff, concentrated along four roads: Beckley, Singleton, Davis and Fort Worth. And voters were reminded to bring their 1956 poll tax receipt.

The map and story are after the jump.

To view a larger — and more readable — version of the map and story, click here.


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  • Jake

    Thanks for posting this information. The other major blog on oak cliff hasn’t done any of the investigative work that Advocate has. Thanks again.