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The Struck Farmstead - 1923 N. Edgefield
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Written by Michael Amonett
Tuesday, 17 January 2017 13:45
 

The Struck Family Farmstead was built in 1890.  The Victorian home is in remarkably good shape.  

The following information is courtesy of David Landrum, Student UT Arlington

{Land is listed as being owned by H. Struck in Murphy and Bolanz books that were map makers for the city of Dallas and surrounding communities during the period of 1880-1920.

These maps were done for the city and show original plots and land along with owners names.

Henry Struck is listed as living at the southwest corner of Waite and Stafford in Worley’s City Directory in 1901 and 1910
Original land owned by Henry (Heinrich) and Anna Struck who are listed as pioneers of the Dallas area on Western Heights Cemetery historic plaque. This is the same cemetery where Clyde Barrow is interred

 
The Eagle Ford School 1601 Chalk Hill Road
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Written by Michael Amonett
Tuesday, 17 January 2017 11:18
 
The Eagle Ford School Today

The following is an excerpt from the Landmark Designation Report prepared by Marcel Quimby of Quimby/McCoy Preservation Architecture, commissioned by the Dallas Mexican American Historical League and partially funded by a grant provided by the Old Oak Cliff Conservation League. 

{The Eagle Ford School was built in 1923 and is Gothic Revival architectural style.

The historic significance of the Eagle Ford School is twofold with the first being its direct association with
several historic communities in western Dallas County that the school served - the Eagle Ford community,
Trinity Portland Cement Company's residential villages, Arcadia Park (an unincorporated community) and
rural residents in this area of the county. Second, Eagle Ford school is the only remaining building
associated with the Eagle Ford community and the Trinity Portland Cement Company, the largest
manufacturer of portland cement and other cement products in Dallas county from 1909 until 1970.

Eagle Ford School typically provided elementary and middle school education. Most smaller school
districts and Dallas County Schools during this time did not have high schools. However Mrs. Bosse,
noted in a later interview with the Dallas Morning News that prior to annexation by Dallas Schools in
1928, Eagle Ford School provided a high school department.55 Students who wished to pursue high school
could attend the nearby Cement City high school or a Dallas Pubic School high school - either Dallas High
School in downtown Dallas, or Oak Cliff School after 1915.

Bonnie Parker is thought to have attended Eagle Ford School in the 1920s.56 Born in 1910 in Rowena,
Texas, Bonnie, her mother and two siblings moved to Dallas County upon the death of her father in 1914.
The family lived with her maternal grandparents, Frank and Mary Krause in a rural area adjacent to the
Trinity Portland Cement Company.57 It is possible that Bonnie did attend Eagle Ford School (the second or
existing building) during elementary or middle school while living nearby at her grandparent's home. She
later attended Cement City School High School but dropped out in the summer following her sophomore
year and married Roy Thornton on September 25, 1926 (several days before her 16th birthday).

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 January 2017 18:32
 
Important Landmark Designation Hearing!!!
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Written by Michael Amonett
Saturday, 14 January 2017 18:24
On February 6 at 1:00 PM, the Landmark Commission will consider each of these West Dallas properties for historic designation: The Eagle Ford School at 1601 Chalk Hill Road and the Struck Farmstead at 1923 N. Edgefield.  

Your presence and support at this hearing would be greatly appreciated!  

The meeting is in the Council Chambers on the 6th floor of 1500 Marilla St.  Parking meters are in the rear.  The meeting will begin at 1:00 and these cases will be first.  

West Dallas has no City of Dallas designated historic properties.  The Mountain Creek Interurban Bridge on Jefferson Blvd. near Arcadia Park is moving through the process now.  If all three make it through to formal designation, it will go a long way towards correcting this slight.  West Dallas, Eagle Ford and Cement City have a rich history worthy of recognition and protection.  

 
  
Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 January 2017 14:00
 
"The Hidden City" - iconic book about Oak Cliff
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Written by Rhonda Hutchison
Thursday, 22 September 2016 00:00

Vintage multi-use building is the cover photo on the book The Hidden CityGreat opportunity to get a limited edition book about old Oak Cliff!


Filled with wonderful pictures, this gem includes many fine historic buildings and street scenes, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Bonnie & Clyde. It shares stories about the beginnings and many founders of this great, iconic area of Dallas.


"The Hidden City - Oak Cliff, Texas"
by Bill Minutaglio, Holly Williams

 

Get your copy on eBay

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 September 2016 16:04
 
2016 Home Tour Preview III - Lausanne
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Written by Michael Amonett
Friday, 23 September 2016 12:41
 

The home at 1006 Lausanne, built in 1937, is one of the five homes in a family of Skillern homes in the Kessler Park neighborhood. Only two owners have lived in the house since the Skillern family and both made significant changes to the home’s original footprint and architecture. Built by a Skillern daughter and her husband, a German engineer, the home was designed to stay cool during hot Texas summers. With a full brick exterior, small windows and multiple interior doors and windows for cross breezes, the original home was incredibly functional, if not stunning.

Last Updated on Saturday, 15 October 2016 09:21
 
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