Oldest Neighborhoods in Dallas
Officially incorporated as a city in 1856, the city of Dallas’ early success came largely in part due to its role as a center for the oil and cotton industries, as well its proximity to many different railroad lines. Today Dallas is a veritable metropolis. It is fourth most populous city in the United States, has the third-largest concentration of Fortune 500 companies in the United States, and is ranked 14th in the global GDP rankings. In honor of the progress that Dallas has made as a city, we decided to take a look at a few of its oldest and most historic neighborhoods.
Junius Heights is the largest of Dallas’ historic districts, encompassing nearly 800 structures on 190 acres. Junius Heights was built on the far eastern edge of Dallas in the early 1900s. Its development flourished from 1906 until the mid 1930s largely due to the Dallas Consolidated Electric Street Car Company extending its rail lines to the eastern portions of the city. The popular home styles in this area include Folk, Queen Anne Victorian, Prairie, and Tudor.
West End Historic District
Built in 1891, the West End Historic District originally consisted of just a trading post established by Presbyterian lawyer, farmer, and tradesmen John Neely Bryan. Eventually the nearby Central Railroad would attract manufacturing companies to open warehouses in the West End. Today, that same industrial architecture defines the area. The West End is also historic in that it was the site of John F. Kennedy’s assassination, when his motorcade traveled through Dealey Plaza. Today the area receives over seven million visitors a year, making it one of Dallas’ biggest tourist locations.
Southwest of Downtown Dallas is an area known as the Cedars. Cedars was originally created in the 1870s as a residential area with average home prices, but by the end of the century it had become one of Dallas’ most prized areas complete with opulent, Victorian style homes belonging to Dallas’ elite. The Cedars was also the site for Dallas’ Jewish community. Fast forward to the 1960s where most people had left the area and most of the homes had been demolished due to highway projects. Today the area is a hotbed for the artists, musicians, and those that are generally “hip”