For Sale, an Extremely Rare Look at Downtown When Horses and Streetcars Shared Main Street

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eBay seller "ynpcollector"
I had been contemplating a host of assorted humdrum news items with which to begin this gray Friday when Friend of Unfair Park PeterK dropped in the in-box the photo you see above, taken from an E.W. Kelley stereograph presently up for grabs on eBay for the buy-it-now price of $195. That's more like it. Given that's the completed-in-1909, soon-to-be-demolished Praetorian on the right as we look west down Main Street, best guess is this is the modern-day equivalent (though, of course, much has changed since last Google cruised downtown). Ah, there's George W. Loomis's joint -- one of several owned by the man who sold G.B. Dealey the land near what would become, ya know, Dealey Plaza. The eBay page has an even bigger, sharper look-see, and I've been staring into this photo for, oh, an hour? Jeez. Pardon the delay.

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Bmarvel
Bmarvel

Looking close I seem to see some horse d'ouvres. Wonder who swept the streets?

Sa
Sa

And look at all those wires!  Pretty sure they are telegraph, not telephone, but must admit I'm not an historian.

pak152
pak152

 actually telephone, telegraph and power. Telephone lines were strung in Dallas in the 1880s

JM
JM

Bikes in there with the horses and streetcars. 

twig
twig

How much did the city pay for bike lanes... noticed some two wheelers bottom right of stereograph.

Towski
Towski

Downtown Dallas? Then what are all those people doing there? I call shenanigans.

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

Always awesome to see these finds robert,  I agree w/ LakewoodHobo, that book should go digital..

scottindallas
scottindallas

I've long said that street cars are the future--see that, it's like a crystal ball

Lakewoodhobo
Lakewoodhobo

Is there any way that we could get other readers of this blog to petition the publisher of "Street of Dreams: A History of Dallas' Theatre Row" to release the book on Kindle? Seems like there are 3 copies on sale for over $100 but if enough people click on the link that says "Tell the publisher..." maybe the book can be digitized and available online.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/produ...

Montemalone
Montemalone

Too bad we don't have Peabody's Wayback Machine. Of course, wouldn't want to land in summer, pre-A/C and all.

Cabe Booth
Cabe Booth

Ahhh.... the 1980's were such a simpler time

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