After 60-plus years as a trailer park, this West Dallas tract will become high-end apartments

Residents of the Dallas West RV and Trailer Park have until the end of the month to move out: Danny Fulgencio
Residents of the Dallas West RV and Trailer Park have until the end of the month to move out: Danny Fulgencio
John Freeman stands before his RV in the Dallas West trailer park.   He lived there for two years with his wife, D.J.: Danny Fulgencio
John Freeman stands before his RV in the Dallas West trailer park.
He lived there for two years with his wife, D.J.: Danny Fulgencio

The trailer park is almost empty. Most residents of the Dallas West Mobile Home and RV Park moved out before the Jan. 31 deadline.

An apartment developer, Wood Partners, has plans to build high-end apartments on this 8-acre tract, where for decades there were singlewides and Winnebagos. Residents learned this past summer they would be evicted to make way for a luxury pool, fitness center, stainless steel appliances and high ceilings.

The trailer park opened in the 1940s as Good Luck Trailer Park, and it was next door to Pappy’s Showland, a nightclub that booked entertainment from heavyweight boxing matches to acrobats to big bands in the 1940s and ’50s, before Oak Cliff and West Dallas banned alcohol sales.

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Some mobile homeowners lived there for decades. Others passed through for a night or two.

Self-described gypsies John and D.J. Freeman moved to the park two years ago from Seattle to be closer to family.

“We could’ve stayed here for years,” D.J. says.

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But on this November evening, it was raining, and they hustled to pack their RV and be gone by nightfall.

Story by Rachel Stone and Danny Fulgencio

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  • haunani

    I moved from Oak Cliff to Honolulu Hawaii some 15 yrs ago, when Oak Cliff was still, “Oh, Oak Cliff”.. in sentiment. what I see happening is what I see happening here “Affordable housing” is only affordable for those that, well, can afford it. When the prices for real estate sky rocket in Oak Cliff as they have in Honolulu, people will just be priced out. Gentrification has a severe price for those that don’t want to be gentrified..

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  • keepOChidden

    While I’m not disappointed to see the trailer park go, I’m not loving all of these high-end apartments going up in OC. It’s been a hidden treasure to those of us who live here for so long, I hate to see it taken over.

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  • downtownworker

    Never happy to see people displaced like this, but it was bound to happen. Sylvan Thirty is finally nearing the home stretch and the city is investing a lot of money in West Commerce/Ft Worth Avenue, not to mention streetcars, the Continental Ave Bridge, and state/federal investments in the Horeshoe, Sylvan Ave, etc.

    Of course we want more people living in West Dallas.