Municipal Archives

​City of Fruitdale, 1937-1964

​Collection 1991-063


Office of the City Secretary
Dallas Municipal Archives
1500 Marilla Street, 5D South
Dallas, Texas 75201
Creator City of Fruitdale, Texas
Title City of Fruitdale
Dates 1937-1964
Quantity 2.52 linear feet
Abstract Correspondence, memoranda, financial records, meeting minutes, printed materials, and photographs.
Identification 1991-063
Language Records are in English

Scope and Content

Collection consists of correspondence, memoranda, financial records, meeting minutes, printed materials, and photographs documenting the history, local government, and annexation of the city of Fruitdale, Texas.

Fruitdale was three miles south of downtown Dallas in central Dallas County. The site is now bounded by Fordham Road on the north, the Missouri, Kansas, and Texas tracks to the east, Ledbetter Drive on the south, and Sunnyvale Street to the west. It was in the original land grants of J. K. Sloan and G. L. Haas.  Although the first settlers in the area named it Christian Valley when they arrived in the 1850s, the real influx occurred after the Civil War.  In 1886, the Missouri, Kansas, and Texas Railway was extended through Fruitdale.

On April 17, 1937, Fruitdale incorporated to avoid annexation to Dallas.  It had a population of 432 and was sometimes called Fruitdale Acres. The citizens imposed deed restrictions that allowed no businesses within the city limits.

By the 1960s, with a population of 1,418, residents no longer saw a need to remain an "island city" surrounded by the city of Dallas.  Large numbers of residents were moving in and out of the community, and there was a high turnover rate in city officials.  In early October 1964, residents voted to disincorporate.  Later that month, on October 12, Fruitdale was annexed by the city of Dallas (City of Dallas Ordinance Number 10669).

[Adapted from an entry in the Handbook of Texas (Austin: Texas State Historical Association, 1994), the Dallas Morning News, May 25, 1945, and the Dallas Times Herald, September 5, 1948, August 16, 1964.]


The collection is arranged by minutes and ordinances.


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City of Fruitdale, 1937-1964 (Box <x>, Folder <y>), Dallas Municipal Archives

Related Materials

Index Terms

Annexation (Municipal government) -- Texas -- Dallas
Dallas -- Texas -- History
Fruitdale (Dallas, Tex.)

Container List

Box Folder/Item Title, Date
11Memorandum to E. Lynn Crossley, City Auditor [City of Dallas] from John McArthur, concerning an audit of books and records for the City of Fruitdale, November 11, 1964
1Minutes of Board of Alderman, City of Fruitdale, Book 1: 1937-1947
2Minutes of Board of Alderman, City of Fruitdale, Book 2: 1948-1958
3Minutes of Board of Alderman, City of Fruitdale, Book 3: 1959–1964
21Index to Ordinances
2Ordinance #1 - adoption of By-Laws and Designating Elective Officers
3Ordinance #2 - providing that the fiscal year of the town of Fruitdale, Texas shall begin the first day of July of each year
4Ordinance #3 - providing for the levying of Ad Valorem taxes
5Ordinance #4 -providing for the levying of an annual occupation tax in the Town of Fruitdale for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 1937
6Ordinance #5- declaring a misdemeanor to obstruct streets or alleys with brush, wood, dirt or filth from the cleanings of the home or any other thing calculated to obstruct the free passage of the streets
7Ordinance #5
8Ordinances #6 - #12 [#'s 6 and 8 are missing] - see index in Box 2 folder 1
9Ordinance #2-6–photocopies
10Ordinance #13 - providing that whosoever shall deposit or place in or on any premises public or private, any vegetable or animal matter or slop, or etc. shall be fined
11Ordinance #14 - providing that persons called upon by the marshal or his deputy who refuse to assist him in any matter in which by law, he may be rightfully called upon to assist in the execution and duty incumbent upon him as an officer, shall be fined
12Ordinance #15 - regulating the rate of speed on public streets
13Ordinance #16 - providing that the Board of Equalization meet on set days, within the corporate limits
14Ordinance #17 -  providing for the adoption of the provisions of Chapter 10 of Title 122 of the R. C. S. of Texas, 1925 to enforce the collection of delinquent taxes
15Ordinance #18 - appointment of officers of election
16Ordinance #19 - building code
17Ordinances Building Code, see also Ordinance #19
18Ordinances Building Code, see also Ordinance #19
19Ordinance #19A - further part of ordinance 19 prohibiting the establishment operation and maintenance of any kind of commercial business
20Ordinance # 20 granting H. A. Rudd the right to use the streets, avenues and public thoroughfares for operating omnibuses and other passenger motor vehicles for the transportation for hire of persons and property
21Ordinance # 21 - temporary zoning
22Ordinances #s 13, 16, 17, and 21 photocopies
23Ordinance # 22 - prohibits burning of grass and weeds
24Ordinance # 23 - provides for the regulation and controlling the planting cutting, trimming and caring for trees and shrubs within the limits of the highways and streets or the city
25Ordinance # 24 - providing for the regulation and controlling of all the dry closets within the city limits and prohibiting the building and/or erection of any type of dry closets within the city limits
26Ordinance # 25 - providing for the reconstruction of the portion of State highway 246
27Ordinance # 25 -  Linfield Drive
28Ordinance # 26 - depository bond
29Ordinance # 27 - Blackout and Air Raid protection
30Ordinance # 28 - amendment to building code and zoning ordinance
31Ordinance # 29 - franchise for Dallas Power and Light
32Ordinance # 30 - accepting provisions of Title 28 revised civil statutes of Texas, 1925, as amended, in lieu of the existing charter
33Ordinance # 31 - setting city council meetings to be held on the Second Tuesday and Fourth Monday
34Ordinance # 32 - waterworks wax bonds, 8/27/53
35Ordinance # 33 - waterworks tax bond and levy, assessment, and collection of a tax
36Ordinance # 34 - waterworks revenue bonds
37Ordinance # 35 - waterworks revenue bonds
38Ordinance # 36 - fixing water rates
39Ordinance # 37 - one-way traffic on Infield Drive in front of W. W. Bushman School and providing parking restrictions
31Ordinance # 38 - waterworks rates, rules, and regulations for water works department
2Ordinance # 43 - regulations for driving while intoxicated and reckless driving
3Ordinance # 44 - monthly sanitary sewer rates
4Ordinance # 45 - sanitary sewer tap charges
5Ordinance # 46 Sewer Bonds
6Ordinance # 47 - platting and subdividing land
7Ordinance # 48 confinement of dogs
8Ordinance # 50 - (no Fruitdale ordinance, adopted Dallas Ordinance) regulating the use of water for sprinkling watering of lawns, gardens and shrubbery
9Ordinance # 51 - prohibiting housing of trailer vehicles
10Ordinance # 52 - regulating the care of vacant lots
11Ordinance # 53 - regulating garbage containers
12Ordinance # 55 - fixing rates for gas services
13Ordinance # 56 - emergency ordinance
14Ordinance # 57 - office of the City Secretary to be filled by appointment by the City Council
15Ordinance # 58
16Ordinance # 59
17Ordinances Building Code, see ordinance #19
18Ordinance - General Rules Platting and Subdividing
19Water Works
20Building Code for Gas and Plumbing
21Agreement - City of Fruitdale and Dallas Power and Light Company
22Muriel Murphy
23Fruitdale Acres Muriel Murphy, Murphy Warranty Deed
24Notice to citizens concerning sewer tap and connection charge, November 28, 1955
25Fruitdale Ordinances Index and envelope
26Envelopes ordinances #1-5
27Envelopes ordinances #7, 9-12
28Envelopes ordinances #13-19A
29Envelopes ordinances # 20-24
30Envelopes ordinances # 25-29
31Envelopes ordinances # 32-37
32Envelope ordinance #38: Prescribing rates, rules and regulations governing the water works department, January 4, 1954
33Envelopes ordinances # 43-48
34Envelopes ordinances # 50-53
35Envelopes ordinances # 55-59
36Envelope: Moving Buildings for Dwellings
41Election to "abolish the town of Fruitdale", August-September, 1964
2City Elections files, 1957
3Petitions against City of Fruitdale spending, 1953
4Oaths of Office, 1959
5Oaths of Office, 1959
6City Secretary correspondence 1952-63
7City Secretary correspondence 1962-1964
8Fire Department reports, 1959-1964
9Official picture file
10Agreement with the Missouri Kansas Texas railroad, 1939
11State of Texas Health Department
12Masonic Lodge Petition, 1956
13David Graham Hall Foundation Public Health
14J. E. Frazer, Volunteer firefighter, 1958
15County Fire Contracts, 1960-6
51Harold Davis Surety Bonds
2Agreement between Fruitdale and Harry Breymer
3Ben Griffin Tractor Company
4Inventory of property for gas, telephone, and light companies
5Fireworks sales permits, 1957-58
6Map - Fruitdale Improvement District
7Employees and other insurance
8Police department
9Income tax
10Social Security
11U. S. Civil Defense
12Building Permit fee book
13Revenue Bonds–waterworks
14Budget, 1963-64
15Financial Reports, 1963-64
16Contract: Jones, Phillips and Watkins, 1955-64
61Texas Bank and Trust
2Texas Bank and Trust
3Contract with the City of Dallas for water services
4Annual Report of the Treasurer, 1957-1961
5Dallas Power & Light proposed substation, 1957
6Police Department bids for vehicular items
7Zoning petitions
8Petitions for Releases
9Texas Municipal Reports
10Ledgers, 1954-64
11Ledgers, 1954-64
12Ledgers, 1954-64
71Ledger Book 1953-1964
81Payroll Book 1962-63
2Payroll Book, 1955-1961
3Court Clerk Journal, 1956-1961
91Payroll book, 1964