On “Zang’s” Blvd. – what do you call it?

We’re finishing up the May Advocate this week, and with Gayla Kokel’s Back Story column, there is a picture of an old advertisement for the Wynnewood Hotel. The ad, which ran in the 1963 Kimball High School yearbook, describes the hotel’s location as "Zangs and Illinois".

So I asked Gayla: "Is that just a typo, or did people used to call it ‘Zang’s’ the way we sometimes say ‘Nordstrom’s’ or ‘Kroger’s’?"

Here’s what Gayla says: "You are correct. The name of the street is Zang Boulevard, but everyone did, and still does, call it Zangs."

In 23 years as a Dallasite, I’ve never heard anyone call it "Zangs". The boulevard was named for early Oak Cliff developer, John F. Zang. I wonder if the familiar name "Zang’s Blvd." is a throwback to when he was still around.



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  • The sign was clearly labeled Zangs Blvd in the year 1963 when Lee Harvey Oswald walked into a show store near the corner of Jefferson Blvd and Zangs Blvd.

  • Lugene Zang

    Hi,

    The street signs originally were “Zangs Blvd” and the meaning was “Zang’s.”

    It was changed around ’68 because my father (grandson of the namesake of the street) mentioned in passing to someone in a city office that the name was actually “Zang” but he didn’t intend for anything to change on the signs. But someone in the office then did have all the signs changed as a result of that conversation! One article made it sound like the family wanted the change but we really had never even given it a thought; the article had my brother and I (then age 10 and 12) pose for pictures looking like dorks with a “thumbs down” sign looking at the sign!

    But I am under the impression that people still call it “Zangs” meaning “Zang’s” and I’d be interested to know what people generally call it, since I live in Houston and don’t really know. I’ve always heard that it’s called Zang’s to this day and I hope it is, but either way makes sense.

    (I’m the last surviving Zang of this brood now…)

    I am planning to check out the grave site for my great-grandfather J. F. Zang, and other relatives, soon at the cemetery there.

    I hear that my great grandfather John Franklin Zang (1860 – 1920) was called the “furniture czar” 🙂 and he founded a subdivision called Zang’s Crystal Hill.

    Lugene Zang

  • RStone

    Interesting! Thanks for your feedback.

  • Patsy Summey

    I lived on Elsbeth (one street west of Zang Blvd.)for more than twenty years–and several of the street signs (you know, the ones the City of Dallas installs) had the name Zangs on them! I think ‘they’ finally got the message that the correct name was Zang–but, yes, I often heard it called Zangs, Maybe that was just an “Oak Cliff” ‘thang’!