Municipal Archives

​Railroad Grade Separations in Dallas, 1915-1917

​Collection 1991-032​​


Office of the City Secretary
Dallas Municipal Archives
1500 Marilla Street, 5D South
Dallas, Texas 75201​
CreatorOffice of the Mayor
TitleRailroad Grade Separations in Dallas
Quantity1 linear inch
AbstractCorrespondence, ordinances, and newspaper clippings.
LanguageRecords are in English

Scope and Content

Collection documents the City of Dallas’ 1915-1917 attempts to correct safety deficits in railroad grade crossings within the city through collaboration with several railroads.  Grade separation is the process of aligning a junction of two or more transport axes at different heights (grades) such that they do not disrupt the flow of traffic on one another when they cross. This is achieved by building bridges over or tunnels under the crossing site, allowing roads, railways and canals to pass another without interrupting the flow of traffic. A junction which is grade-separated is called an interchange, as opposed to an intersection which is not grade-separated; a lack of grade separation is described as "at-grade".

The collection contains primarily correspondence between City of Dallas Mayor Henry D. Lindsley (1872-1938) and officials representing the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway, The Houston and Texas Central Railroad, and the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railway regarding the maintenance or elimination of grade crossings in Dallas. A draft ordinance and newspaper clippings concerning grade crossings is also included.


The collection is arranged by correspondent or corporate body.  


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Index Terms

Dallas -- Texas -- History
Railroad crossings -- United States -- Safety measures

Container List 

Box​​FolderTitle, Date
11Correspondence between F. G. Pettibone and Henry D. Lindsley, regarding separation of grades, Belt Line Railroad, 1916
 2Correspondence between John Findley Wallace and Henry D. Lindsley regarding Belt Line Railroad, 1915-1916

3Correspondence between E. B. Cushing and Henry D. Lindsley regarding separation of grades, 1916
 4Correspondence between F. G. Pettibone and Henry D. Lindsley regarding Gulf, Colorado, and Santa Fe Railroad, 1916
 5Draft ordinance regulating grade crossings and correspondence, newspaper clippings, and memoranda of Henry D. Lindsley regarding proposed grade crossing ordinance, 1915-1916
 6Correspondence between John J. Simmons and Henry D. Lindsley regarding industrial zone along belt line, 1916
 7Correspondence, newspaper clippings, notes, and memoranda of Henry D. Lindsley regarding grade crossings in Dallas, 1916-1917