Municipal Archives

​Street Paving, Widening, and Improvements, 1889-1941

​Collection 1991-051


Repository​Dallas Municipal Archives
Office of the City Secretary
1500 Marilla Street, 5D South
Dallas, Texas 75201
CreatorCity of Dallas Department of Planning and Urban Development
TitleStreet Paving, Widening, and Improvements
Quantity2.08 linear feet
AbstractDepartment of Streets street paving and widening records.
Language​​Records are in English

Scope and Contents 

Abstracts, planning materials, and related items documenting the history of street paving, widening, and repair by the City of Dallas from 1889-1930.

Collection documents early street paving and widening in the City of Dallas, Texas.  Streets in Dallas were first paved in 1884, initially with bois d'arc wood bricks.  The first road in Dallas County paved in the "macadam" fashion (crushed stone, gravel, and rolling) was Cedar Springs Road in 1884.  Paving was accomplished by numerous departments and divisions until the process was consolidated under the Public Works Department in 1931.  Today new sidewalks are planned and executed by the Engineering and Construction Services division of the Department of Public Works. Repair and maintenance is performed by the Department of Street Services.  Collection contains field notes, cost estimates, specifications, property owner cost assessments, abstracts, and blueprints.  One folder contains early ordinances and resolutions regulating and authorizing street paving.


The collection is arranged into the following subjects:
Individual files by street name
Myrtle Street Extension
Street paving accounts


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Street Paving, Widening, and Improvements, 1889-1941 (Box <x>, Folder <y>), Dallas Municipal Archives​

Related Material

Collection 1997-003—Street Paving Contracts - Texas Bitulithic Co., 1904-1908

Index Terms

Dallas -- Texas -- History
Texas -- History
Roads - United States

Container List

BoxFolderTitle, Date
  Individual files by street name
11Akard Street, 1931
 2Bishop Street, Jefferson to Sixth, undated
 3Commerce Street, 1915
 4Elm Street, 1910
 5Lamar Street at McKinney, undated
 6South Lamar, undated
 7Main Street, 1912
 8Ninth and Patton, 1919
 9Peabody widening, 1905
 10Peabody widening, 1906
 11Peabody widening, 1911
 12Peabody widening, 1915
 13Pearl Street widening, 1889
 14Pearl Street, 1889
 15Pearl Street, 1889
 16Pearl Street, 1889
 17Pearl Street, 1889
 18Pearl Street, 1889
 19Ross Avenue, 1912
 20Worth Street [blueprint], undated
 21Paving contract, 1920
 22Ordinances and resolutions concerning streets, 1908 -1941
21Bound ledgers, 1908 -1910
 2Bound ledgers, 1911-1920
31Bound ledger, 1921-1930
  Myrtle Street Extension
41Block A - Abstracts of Title, undated
51Southside Addition, July, 1897
 2Southside Addition, March, 1917
 3Southside Addition, December, 1918
 4Southside Addition, April, 1919
 5Unidentified documents, 1917-1919
 6Montrose Addition, June, 1906
 7Montrose Addition, June, 1906
 8Montrose Addition, May/August, 1909
 9Montrose Addition, April, 1919
 10Montrose Addition, August, 1919
 11Montrose Addition, property of W.G. Earle J. Lamar, 1917-1919
  Street paving accounts
61Street paving accounts, 1909-1912