Before a Farmers Market Fight, Some Old Photos of What They're Fighting Over

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Courtesy Dallas Municipal Archives, City Secretary's Office
Dallas Farmers Market, unknown date.
The Dallas Farmers Market Friends will be at tonight's Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs meeting, to speak out against a plan to open transitional housing for homeless people near the market.

In their pleas to save the place, board members have made many references to the history of the market. I asked Justin Collins, who serves on the board, to tell me more about that history, and he set me up with Margie Jackson Haley, whose great grandfather A.A. Jackson was, at least in part, responsible for the original Pearl Street Market.

Margie told me A. A. Jackson was a farmer. He came to Dallas in 1878 and became a wholesale produce guy, because there weren't many grocery stores around at that time. In 1896 Jackson was elected Alderman, and during his term he helped pass a bill to get the city to build the original Pearl Street Market.

The photo above and the ones below obviously came long after Jackson's work, but they provide some context for where the market was before it became a problem for City Hall. If you've got a vested interest in the market, make sure you hit tonight's meeting. It's at 6 p.m. at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library (Commerce & Ervay).

Courtesy Dallas Municipal Archives, City Secretary's Office
Those look like some massive old-school sweet potatoes.

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Courtesy Dallas Municipal Archives, City Secretary's Office
1940s photograph of parked cars in front of Dallas Farmers Market

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Courtesy Dallas Municipal Archives, City Secretary's Office
Photograph of pecan seller's storefront, 1959

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Courtesy Dallas Municipal Archives, City Secretary's Office
Circa 1980s verified via mullet.


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Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

I saw a rat down in that place as big as a hog, and that was it for me..........that horrid thought was followed up a couple of years later by a news story about said rats.  They should just blow it up, and make it a national league ballpark. The Dallas Millers.  Named after Laura Miller, the one that hated progress in a dying, decaying Dallas.  You know, the city that needed a bridge to define itself; yes, that Dallas.   

Susan Pollard
Susan Pollard

Great turn out at last night's meet. Overwhelming majority in support of the market. Votes and voices counted. Debra Bozeman and Tanya Ragan's testimony provided a platform of understanding, clarity and mutuality between the Friends of the DFM and the DFM Stakeholders Association. Food policy agtivists, celebrated local chefs, DFM vendors, food journalists, Councilman Griggs and others took time to come out and weigh in on the discussion and vote.25 members of the Cedars Neighborhood Association also joined in exuberant support of protective measures in support of the DFM. The process continues..     

Bozeman-Zook
Bozeman-Zook

My wish is: 'Please...someone with vision that will connect the historical perspective of the Dallas Farmers Market to a revitalized and improved Farmers Market for all of Dallas to enjoy, take the wheel here'. These photos are priceless and underscore what our Market has meant to Dallas for so very long. Thank you for sharing this nicer angle on the controversial subject.

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

I'll never understand why they knocked over the amazing old brick buildings to build those damned eyesore sheds..heres hoping the future of the farmers market lies in its past..

Jon Daniel
Jon Daniel

 Because there was money to be made in a real estate deal. No one cares about the utility to the citizens. The question is not whether there was/are building worth saving in Dallas, but if there are enough people worth saving them for...

twinwillow
twinwillow

This city is so fucked up! He who has the most bucks wins.

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

Hence maybe its time the Farmers Market takes a key from its past to build its future...

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

That is what kills me about Dallas.....it is still a good ole boy southern city; and we had a chance to break the mold in the 80's. We just don't want to be world class.

Jon Daniel
Jon Daniel

come on. You know the developers what to put the next West Village in that space.

They are just waiting for the city to strangle it

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