Municipal Archives

Fair Park Improvements, 1941-1980, undated

​Collection 1997-023


Office of the City Secretary
Dallas Municipal Archives
1500 Marilla Street, 5D South
Dallas, Texas 75201​
CreatorCity of Dallas Park and Recreation Department
TitleFair Park Improvements
Dates1941-1980 and undated
Quantity.25 linear feet
AbstractRecords relating to upkeep, maintenance, and improvements made at Fair Park between 1941 and 1980.
LanguageRecords are in English

Scope and Content

The collection consists of correspondence, contracts, blueprints, maps, photographic prints, reports and studies, and printed materials related to certain upkeep and maintenance issues, as well as improvements made at Fair Park between 1941 to 1980.  Included in the collection are documents related to the conversion of the live stock coliseum into an ice hockey rink, the proposed installation of a heliport on park grounds, as well as legal documents relating to injuries resulting from a paddle boat accident during the 1962 State Fair of Texas.  

Fair Park, the site of the State Fair of Texas, is located in east Dallas near the downtown business district.  It is owned by the city of Dallas and managed by the Dallas Park and Recreation Department.  The 277-acre site is home to the annual State Fair of Texas, the Cotton Bowl stadium, and five museums.  Fair Park houses one of the greatest concentrations of early twentieth-century Art Deco exposition buildings in the United States.


The collection is arranged by subject.


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Fair Park Improvements, 1941-1980, undated (Box <x>, Folder <y>), Dallas Municipal Archives

Related Material

Collection 1​99​5-027Fair Park, 1905-1918; 1930-1952​​​
Collection 2005-006Fair Park Esplanade Conservation
Collection 2002-007Fair Park Mural Conservation, 2001-2003
Collection 1994-035Fair Park Music Hall Renovations, May 1970
Collection 1991-107South Dallas/Fair Park Neighborhood Preservation Economic Development Plan, 1987

Index Terms

Dallas -- Texas -- History
Parks -- Texas -- History
Park facilities -- Texas -- History

Container List

BoxFolderTitle, Date
11Live Stock Coliseum-ice hockey, 1967-1980
2Live Stock Coliseum-ice hockey, 1967
3Live Stock Coliseum-concession contracts, 1968-1971
4Midway, 1962-1973
5Heliport plan, 1957-1962
6Ice Sports, Inc., 1941-1956
7Lagoon, 1956-1978
8Little Show Boat ride, black and white photographic prints, undated
9Landscaping-Thornton entrance, 1971-1972
10Landscaping-redevelopment of Esplanade and other areas, 1955-1960
11Landscaping studies, 1968-1973