Can you find your neighborhood on this 1900 map of Dallas?

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In 1900, the City of Dallas comprised a few square miles, and Oak Cliff was still its own municipality.

This map, donated to the Texas State Archives by H.L. DeGolyer in 1944, shows Dallas before White Rock Lake, before paved roads, when horse-and-buggy or steam-powered streetcars were the best modes of transportation.

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It shows that W.H. Hord, the original white settler of Oak Cliff, still owned about a third of the area. There were three rail crossings over the Trinity River.

Even though there are no streets, some of the farmers’ names are familiar, including Overton, Coombs and Ledbetter.

We came across this map as well as this one from 1891 and this one from 1905, which does name the streets, among others on the freshly redesigned Texas State Library and Archives website.

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  • Rachel Stone

    I guess Oak Cliff Park had a natural spring? I am becoming more and more interested in the history of Oak Cliff’s natural springs and artesian wells, but I’m finding it difficult to research.

  • Lolotehe

    Aw, I’m sad to see I’m not in classic Oak Cliff, but I’ll live. ::::-)

  • Joel Denton

    These maps are great! It’s interesting to see Oak Cliff Park on all of these, which is now largely the Dallas Zoo. The construction of I35 sort of severed those neighborhoods on the southeast corner of original OC from what is more commonly considered OC these days. Thanks for sharing these!

  • Rachel Stone

    Here is the link to the larger version https://www.tsl.texas.gov/arc/maps/images/map1219.jpg

  • Lolotehe

    No, because the resolution on that image is so poor, I can’t find anything.