Municipal Archives

​Street Paving Contracts - Texas Bitulithic Company,

​Collection 1997-003


Office of the City Secretary
Dallas Municipal Archives
1500 Marilla Street, 5D South
Dallas, Texas 75201
CreatorTexas Bitulithic Company 
TitleStreet Paving Contracts - Texas Bitulithic Company
Dates 1904-1909
Quantity 0.21 linear inches (1 half box)
Identification 1997-003
Language Records are in English

​Scope and Content

Collection contains contracts between the City of Dallas and the Texas Bitulithic Company related to paving streets in downtown Dallas.

The Texas Bitulithic Company opened on April 18, 1906, with Carleton. H. Wells as its president.  It operated in Texas, New Mexico, and Mexico with Dallas, Texas, as its headquarters.  The company was a licensee of the Warren Brothers Company in Boston, which was the inventor and owner of Bitulithic pavement patents. Frederick J. Warren filed a patent for “Bitulithic” pavement, a mixture of bitumen and crushed stone.  Warren coined the words Bitulithic from bitumen (asphalt) and lithic from lithos the Greek word for rock.

These contracts relate to some of the earliest paved roads in Dallas, which marked the modernization of Dallas streets.  Starting with compacted dirt downtown in the mid-1800s, Dallas streets were then covered in varying distances of wooden planks, bois d'arc blocks, bricks, and macadam.  By 1910, Dallas had 33.12 miles of paved streets, 11.12 miles of bois d’arc, 20 miles of macadamized paving, and both 10 blocks on Main Street and one mile on Elm Street of Bitulithic paving.


The collection is organized alphabetically.


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Street Paving Contracts - Texas Bitulithic Company, 1904-1909 (Box <x>, Folder <y>), Dallas Municipal Archives

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Index Terms

​Dallas -- Texas -- History
Pavements -- Contracts and specifications -- Texas

Container List​ 

Box Folder Title, Date
1 1Akard Street, 1906

East Main Street, 1906-1907

Ervay Street, 1906

Forest Avenue, 1905

​Forest Avenue, 1906

Jackson Street, 1909

St Paul Avenue, 1906

Swiss Avenue, 1906