A bunch of “never-before-seen” photos of Dallas from the 1960s popped up on the local Reddit this week, and the Dallas Morning News Scoop Blog picked them up.
There are photos of theater row, Fair Park and Dealey Plaza, and there are two photos of Oak Cliff, and they both seem to be related to the JFK assassination.
Houston photographer Josh Burdick posted the photos, which were taken by his father, Cecil. They are from the ’50s through the ’70s.
This one from the 500 block of East Jefferson supposedly was taken in 1956, but I think it might be dated incorrectly and more likely was shot in 1964 because it is a location related to Lee Harvey Oswald.
This is the service station where police found Oswald’s black jacket following the murder of Dallas Police officer J.D. Tippit.
Here’s what it looks like today:
The Oak Cliff Christian Church, behind the auto shop, was torn down in 2010.
Here is a picture of the Dudley M. Hughes Funeral Home, also dated 1956. But if it is the Hughes funeral home on East Jefferson, right across the street from the aforementioned auto shop, it likely is dated wrong as well. The funeral home is named in the Warren Commission Report because in the 1960s, it was the ambulance dispatch center for southern Dallas. Being so close to the site of the Tippit murder, a Hughes ambulance was one of the first on the scene.
Here’s what the funeral home looks like today: