McAdams Cemetery Photographs
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McAdams Family Cemetery
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The McAdams Family Cemetery is located on the frontage road headed south of I-35 at Illinois.  The cemetery dates back to 1892.  Probably the most recognizable person buried there is Nathaniel O. McAdams.  Nathaniel McAdams was the 3rd sheriff ever elected in Dallas County in 1862. He also served as the District 4 County Commissioner for 14 terms until 1896. McAdams’’ name is engraved in the Old Red Courthouse downtown. The McAdams family farm provided the land for Wynnewood.

OOCCL is organizing a clean up on February 28 from 9:00am - 1:00pm.  Please come join us if you can!

TXDOT could not give a definitive answer as to the cemetery's future at a recent Southern Gateway meeting held at Hitt Auditorium on January 13, 2015.  The Southern Gateway seeks to widen I-35 with the addition of managed toll lanes.

The cemetery is a designated Historic Texas Cemetery.

Officially designated cemeteries are discussed here in the Texas Administrative Code.


McAdams Texas Historic Cemetery Designation by OOCCLcom

Oak Cliff Residents oppose managed toll lanes on I-35 and 67
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From The Dallas Morning News- 1-15-15
by Roy Appleton


‘We don’t want this’

The meeting, organized by Dallas City Council members Scott Griggs and Dwaine Caraway, attracted about 80 people. Nineteen of them took turns standing before Nguyen, microphone in hand, to challenge project assumptions and plans.

“We don’t want this. We don’t want these tollways here. Not in Oak Cliff,” said Juanita Lozano, drawing an “amen” and applause from the crowd.

“You’re creating a system where people with means can zip from one end of this area to the other while they wave at the rest of us on the sidelines,” said Michael Amonett.

Others targeted the highway widening and the project’s necessity.

“Where will you get the additional land you need?” asked Alicia Quintans, who lives near I-35E and observes its daily traffic flow.

“There’s maybe two hours of the day when traffic is jumbled up on I-35,” she said, “and I don’t understand why we’re building these toll lanes for two hours of the day.”

After cynically thanking the project staff for “the use of our giraffe in your logo,” Bill Evans, the Dallas Zoo’s chief financial officer, said adding toll lanes to I-35E would make travel to the zoo more difficult and have “an adverse impact on the city of Dallas.”

Stan Aten blamed the highways’ congestion on “that [roadway] mess downtown.” He called for more focus on mass transit and for highway builders to “think cost effective,” as fuel-efficient vehicles cut into fuel-tax revenues and more young adults make do without cars.

“You need to be rethinking how you’re doing it,” he said, “not thinking about widening a road and hoping people use it.”

One speaker asked if the project had to go forward at all, or if it could be “turned off.”

“The no-build alternative is still out there,” said Dan Chapman, a vice president for the project’s design firm, HNTB.

Core questions remain.

“Can you tell me who wants this?” asked Judy Pollack. “Who is going to benefit? Who is going to make the money?”


The old Dallas streetcars stopped running 59 years ago
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Streetcar service from Oak Cliff to Dallas could begin sometime this year, 59 years after the old streetcar system ended on Jan. 14, 1956.

The old system began with mule-drawn cars in 1872, when Dallas was a dusty little village with board sidewalks and a creek running down main street.

The first car, painted yellow and white, was purchased by Capt. George M. Swink and was pulled by the Swink family’s white carriage horse, Sam. Eventually, Swink and his 19 partners (each had invested $500) installed two cars, the Belle Swink, named for his eldest daughter, and the John Neely Bryan, named for the founder of Dallas, who was still alive at the time.


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