For Sale: "Most Complete, Correct Map Ever Compiled and Drawn" of Dallas. From 1882.

OldMapofDallas1882.jpg
Courtesy Heritage Auctions
Back in October 2010 Schutze and I really did spend a good half hour poring over The Official Map of Dallas from 1875, which Heritage Auctions never did did sell off; guess the $1,500 asking price was a bit steep, though I see here you're still free to make the owner an offer. I also see Heritage now has a companion piece up for grabs: another historic map of Dallas prepared for Morrison & Fourmy's City Directory in 1882. Says the description:
Black and white map, measuring 31" x 23", giving a bird's eye view of the city of Dallas with land divided into lots which are numerically designated. Also includes several rail lines that serviced the Dallas area, streets, cemeteries, parks, and the Old Fair Grounds. Certified that "this is the most complete and correct Map ever compiled and drawn of the City of Dallas ... from field-notes and actual surveys Dallas. April 22d A. D. 1878" with three facsimile signatures of the City Engineer and two "Late" City Engineers.
More beautiful than its fancier predecessor, this map's sitting at a $500 bid at present as part of Heritage's next Texana Signature Auction. Click here to enlarge. Is that big enough for you?
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RGV41
RGV41

I love how there are 2 streets with my family's last names that have been changed since then. Out with the old...

Iwearblack
Iwearblack

 Off topic of the map (which is really cool!), but regarding Dallas history: Whatever happened to Cowboy Weaver?!? He used to have a show on Channel 11 back in the '60s on through the '80s... There were rumors that he had some legal issues/sexual indiscretions either after the show was cancelled, or that led to the cancellation...

LakeWWWooder
LakeWWWooder

You can see Mill Creek here on the far right near "the convent" yep that was Ursuline - it and the similarly-styled St. Paul Hospital were torn down 45-50 something years ago.

The "old fairgrounds" is that now the site of Baylor Hospital?  I know Mr. Gaston and Jefferson Peak had land in the area and the C.C. Slaughter mansion was in the vicinity. East Dallas, which was physically larger than Dallas, was not annexed until 1890.

I am thinking the little lake off Mill Creek is around Hall and Swiss. Too bad the Meadows Foundation and Baylor don't daylight it, since the city seems stuck on tunnels and ignoring the Kessler Plan.

Lakewoodhobo
Lakewoodhobo

In the lower-left corner, you'll see that toll roads on a flood plain are nothing new for Dallas. When will we ever learn?

mewkins
mewkins

This may be old news for most or all of you, but the Texas General Land Office archives has a great map collection. Everyman can purchase copies of the maps in their collection. They have an interesting one of Dallas and its "Suburbs" from 1891.

Mike3647
Mike3647

Postings like this are the only reason I read this blog.  I will be very sorry to see you leave, Robert.  Hopefully someone steps up with this local interest stuff, but you seemed like the only adult here.  Best of luck!

Bbetzen
Bbetzen

This 1882 map gives a wonderful photo of the history of Dallas.  Notice how the western end of Ross Avenue has since been expanded to erase Carondelet and rename it as Ross.  There are hundreds of small stories like that all over this map. Street names say a lot about how a city embraces, avoids, or tries to mold history.  Thank you for sharing this map.   

Ed D.
Ed D.

Some of the changes to these streets, both physically and their naming, are startling.

Lakewooder
Lakewooder

Note to DCAD - valuation of block number 35 went up today.

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