Municipal Archives


City Hall - Main Street Land Abstracts, 1881-1914, 1954

Collection 1991-113

Overview

Repository ​Dallas Municipal Archives
Office of the City Secretary
1500 Marilla Street, 5D South
Dallas, Texas 75201
Creator City of Dallas 
Title City Hall - Main Street Land Abstracts ​
Dates 1881-1914, 1954 
Quantity 5 linear inches 
Abstract Abstracts of title and related documents for City of Dallas Block 126
Identification 1991-113 
Language ​​Records are in English

Scope and Contents 

Collection documents the early ownership history of the parcel of land on Main Street, Dallas, Texas, later owned by the City of Dallas.  The land is now mostly occupied by the Municipal Building, which served as Dallas' city hall from 1914 to 1978.  The block, bounded by Harwood, Main, Commerce, and Pearl Streets was made up of plots owned by a number of individuals, including Christopher Columbus Slaughter, Eliza Tice, E.H. McIntyre, and others.  Buildings on the northeast side of the lot facing Pearl Street are still privately owned. 

The Municipal Building, a city landmark built in 1914, served as Dallas City Hall until the opening of a new facility in 1978.  Additionally, this was the site of the Dallas jail facility.  In 1963, Jack Ruby shot Lee Harvey Oswald in the underground garage of this building. 

Organization

The collection is arranged in chronological order.

Access​

Permission to publish, reproduce, distribute, or use by any and all other current or future developed methods or procedures must be obtained in writing from the Dallas Municipal Archives.  All rights are reserved and retained regardless of current or future development or laws that may apply to fair use standards.

Restrictions:  Photocopying available on item-by-item basis due to fragile condition of documents.

Citation

City Hall - Main Street Land Abstracts, 1881-1914, 1954 (Box <x>, Folder <y>), Dallas Municipal Archives​​

Related Material

None

Index Terms

Dallas -- Texas -- History
Real estate business -- Dallas -- Texas -- History
Real property -- United States

​Detailed Description of the Collection ​

BoxFolderTitle, Date
11Abstract of Title to Lot 1 in Block 126 City of Dallas, for A. L. Hodge, 1881 [traces back to Grigsby League]
 2Abstract of Title to Part of Block 126-32 according to Murphy and Bolanz official map of Dallas, for Hodge and Hoya, 1888
 3Abstract of Title to Part of Block 126, for Gillespie Cullum, 1902
 4Abstract of Title to Part of Block 32/126, for Gillespie Cullum, 1902
 5Abstract of Title to Part of Block 126 City of Dallas, for Aldredge Knight, 1906
 6Abstract of Title to Part of Block 126 City of Dallas, for H. & Kendall, 1908
 7Abstract of Title to Part of Block 126 City of Dallas, for Crotty & Miller, 1910
 8Abstract of Title to Part of Block 126 City of Dallas, for H. M. Thetford, 1910
 9Abstract of Title to Part of Block 126/32 City of Dallas, compiled for Alfred Salinger, 1954
 10Vendor's Lien Note, Lien holder Horace Lincoln, 1906
 11Letter to George W. Loudermilk from Cockrell & Gray, January 9, 1909
 12Sale of Property Contract to John Saner by H. M. Thetford, agent for C. J. Sorrells, 1910
 13Remittance of Taxes, City of Dallas paid by C. J. Sorrells for Block 126 Main Street, 1910
 14Letter to Herbert Marcus, et. al from Alex Weisberg, January 25, 1910
 15Warranty Deed, Theo Marcus to C. J. Sorrells, 1910
 16Warranty Deed, C. J. Sorrells to John Saner, 1910
 17Vendor's Lien Note Paid, Lien holder George Loudermilk loan to Theo Marcus, 1910
 18Release of Lien for Paving, 1911
 19Release of Vendor's Lien, by Lien holder George Loudermilk to Theo Marcus, 1914
 20Original Pocket Folder