Looking Back at Dallas


A Dallas Morning News editor bought this photo at an antique mall/flea market/garage a while back, so we’re not sure of its origins. But you can see the historic Hotel Lawrence, located on Jackson and Houston streets in downtown Dallas, toward the back-left. Owners of the 10-story, 89-year-old hotel announced today that they’re buying up an adjoining parking garage behind it and plan to rebrand the property. Read more about that here.
Jul 29

A Dallas Morning News editor bought this photo at an antique mall/flea market/garage a while back, so we’re not sure of its origins. But you can see the historic Hotel Lawrence, located on Jackson and Houston streets in downtown Dallas, toward the back-left. Owners of the 10-story, 89-year-old hotel announced today that they’re buying up an adjoining parking garage behind it and plan to rebrand the property. Read more about that here.


Future Congressman and former Air Force Col. Sam Johnson at his homecoming in Plano, Texas, on March 6, 1973, after he was released as a prisoner of war. Also read: Sam Johnson, ex-POW, hits Obama on soldier swap
Jun 3

Future Congressman and former Air Force Col. Sam Johnson at his homecoming in Plano, Texas, on March 6, 1973, after he was released as a prisoner of war. 

Also read: Sam Johnson, ex-POW, hits Obama on soldier swap


In this undated photo from our archives, you can see 1611 Main Street two doors down to the right of the Praetorian (the white building). As part of the Joule Hotel's expansion, the 129-year-old 116 Main Street will be demolished. See what the building looks like today and read more. 
May 16

In this undated photo from our archives, you can see 1611 Main Street two doors down to the right of the Praetorian (the white building). As part of the Joule Hotel's expansion, the 129-year-old 116 Main Street will be demolished. See what the building looks like today and read more


A reminder of when Dallas-Fort Worth really was an automobile-or-nothing culture. Our Sunday, August 14, 1983, front page reported that voters in Dallas and 13 suburbs agreed to board the Dallas Area Rapid Transit train. At the time, Glenn Heights was the only southern Dallas County city to vote yes for DART.
Today’s DART story: "DART may sell naming rights for its rail lines and stations". 
Apr 28

A reminder of when Dallas-Fort Worth really was an automobile-or-nothing culture. Our Sunday, August 14, 1983, front page reported that voters in Dallas and 13 suburbs agreed to board the Dallas Area Rapid Transit train. At the time, Glenn Heights was the only southern Dallas County city to vote yes for DART.

Today’s DART story: "DART may sell naming rights for its rail lines and stations". 


This picture wasn’t taken by one of our photographers, but it’s too gorgeous not to share. Lloyd Long’s dramatic night view of downtown Dallas around 1935 shows an urban skyline dominated by the Magnolia Petroleum Building, the tallest west of the Mississippi, and its rooftop neon Pegasus.

(Credit: Dallas Historical Society)
Apr 28

This picture wasn’t taken by one of our photographers, but it’s too gorgeous not to share. Lloyd Long’s dramatic night view of downtown Dallas around 1935 shows an urban skyline dominated by the Magnolia Petroleum Building, the tallest west of the Mississippi, and its rooftop neon Pegasus.

(Credit: Dallas Historical Society)


February 14, 1993: Sgt. Mike Adamek of the Dallas Police Department keeps an eye on abortion protesters outside the home of Dr. Norman Tompkins from his squad car.  

(Photo: Patrick Davidson/Dallas Morning News)
Apr 25

February 14, 1993: Sgt. Mike Adamek of the Dallas Police Department keeps an eye on abortion protesters outside the home of Dr. Norman Tompkins from his squad car.  

(Photo: Patrick Davidson/Dallas Morning News)

Apr 25

VIDEO: Never-before-seen color footage of 1939 downtown Dallas

Our Robert Wilonsky talks with Mark Doty, Historic Preservation officer for the city of Dallas, who walks us through never-before-seen footage of 1939 downtown Dallas (that we found on eBay!). It’s an amazing find.


The Jackson 5 performed Oct. 23, 1973, at a party in honor of Chan Cox, held by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Edwin L. Cox, at the Grand Ballroom of the Statler Hilton in downtown Dallas. Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University is named after Edwin Cox. 
Also read• Dallas council approves $46.5 million for redevelopment of old Statler Hilton in downtown
Apr 23

The Jackson 5 performed Oct. 23, 1973, at a party in honor of Chan Cox, held by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Edwin L. Cox, at the Grand Ballroom of the Statler Hilton in downtown Dallas. Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University is named after Edwin Cox. 

Also read
Dallas council approves $46.5 million for redevelopment of old Statler Hilton in downtown

Apr 10

Louis A. Bedford, Dallas County’s first black judge, died today on his 88th birthday. In 1966 Bedford became the first black to serve on Dallas’ municipal court.

A graduate of Booker T. Washington High School, he attended Prairie View A&M University and received a law degree from Brooklyn Law School.

State Sen. Royce West, one of the many lawyers mentored by Bedford, said the trailblazer had to leave Texas to go to law school.

“His passing comes at a time when we’re celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, which he was involved in,” West said. “And his passing leaves a void. He was a person we could talk to about different issues in the community.”

Learn more about Judge Bedford here.

(Photos: City of Dallas archives and Mona Reeder/DMN File 2009)

Apr 9

The Dallas City Council is once again taking up the topic over whether downtown’s Dallas Pedestrian Network — or simply, “the tunnels” — should be killed. “Slowly but surely the life is moving up to the street level and the retailers [in the tunnels] are going away,”  assistant city manager Ryan Evans says.

(Photos: Clint Grant/File 1981)