Oak Cliff, (TX)

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-04-27
  • Publisher: Arcadia Pub
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An advertisement heralded, Oak Cliff gets its name from the massive oaks that crown the soft green cliffs.” Originally called Hord’s Ridge for its founder William Henry Hord, the area was purchased by two enterprising developers, Thomas L. Marsalis and John S. Armstrong, and renamed Oak Cliff. Also touted as the Cambridge of the South,” the community flourished until the depression of 1893. The partnership split, and in 1903, the beleaguered Oak Cliff voted itself into the city of Dallas. The area has seen much change over the years, but the physical separation the Trinity River creates from Dallas provides Oak Cliff a permanent and unique identity from the big city” and helps it maintain remnants of its original small-town atmosphere.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. 6
Introductionp. 7
Beginnings: Stockades and the Cambridge of the Southp. 9
Isolation, Consolidation, and Expansion: The Great Flood of 1908 and the Merger of Oak Cliff and Dallasp. 21
Depression, War, and Recovery: The Fight for Economic Survivalp. 47
Postwar Boom: Bobby Socks, Burgers, and Streetcarsp. 71
Struggle: Tornado, Assassination, and Social Changesp. 95
Revival: Restoration of Neighborhoods and Businessesp. 113
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