Through the Years in Highland Park

1839

Warren Ferris surveyed a townsite to be called Warwick at the three forks of the Trinity.

1841  

John Neely Bryan came from Arkansas to the three forks of the Trinity River. He followed a faint road that became part of the Shawnee Trail, later known as Preston's Trail, then Preston Road. Bryan may have come through Highland Park.

1841

The Republic of Texas enters an agreement with a group headed by W.S. Peters to grant 640 acres to each family of settlers and 320 acres to single men over age 17.

1843  

Dr. John Cole and family from Arkansas settled at Cedar Springs and claimed his 640 acres straddling the Turtle Creek watercourse. He bought around 5,000 acres north.

1844

Surveyor J.P. Dumas laid out the townsite bounded by Water Street (triple underpass), Young, Poydras and Calhoun (Munger) and Bryan named it Dallas. In 1846 Dallas County was officially established.

1848         

William Caruth came from Kentucky followed by brother Walter in 1849, establishing a store on the banks of the Trinity river. They began buying land north of Bryan's village.

1862

The Caruths bought 492 acres from the Cole family, land that would become the first installment of Highland Park.

1871

Thomas L. Marsalis moved to Dallas from Mississippi and established a wholesale grocery business.

1872-1873

The first railroad came to Dallas, the Houston and Texas Central, a north-south route. Dallas becomes the first Texas city with a rail crossroads, adding the Texas and Pacific on an east-west route.

1884

John S. Armstrong moved to Dallas from Kentucky and formed a wholesale grocery partnership with T. L. Marsalis.

1886

Armstrong and Marsalis formed the Dallas Land and Loan Company, purchasing 2,000 acres south of the Trinity River for a development called Oak Cliff.

1887 

Virginia-born Henry Exall moved to Dallas from near Lampasas, Texas, and helped organize a bank.

1888

The development partnership dissolved; Marsalis kept the Oak Cliff project and Armstrong bought a meat packing company.

1889

Exall had acquired three tracts of land from the Cole heirs totaling 834 acres, north of Dallas, along Turtle Creek. He sold the land to a group of Pennsylvania investors who simultaneously bought another former Cole tract from Walter Caruth of 492 acres. The cost was $377 an acre for the 1,326 acres to be developed as a residential community known as Philadelphia Place.

1890

Exall dammed Turtle Creek to create Exall Lake, a recreational area and water supply. He added gravel roads Abbott, Lomo Alto and Beverly, also adding a wooden bridge over Turtle Creek at Beverly.

1893

A national financial panic had effect in Dallas: Marsalis declared bankruptcy, Exall lost his bank, development stopped for Philadelphia Place and Exall used the land for his Lomo Alto (High Land) horse farm.

1905

Munger Place, a 300 acre addition, opened as Dallas' first northern suburb, bounded by Fitzhugh, Live Oak, Henderson and Columbia streets.

1906

John Armstrong bought the Philadelphia Place acreage for $276 an acre, the land comprising original land grants from the Republic of Texas. Armstrong formed a realty company with sons-in-law Hugh Prather and Edgar Flippen. That fall, they went to California and hired a planner named Wilbur David Cook who had just laid out a community named Beverly Hills. Cook completed a master plan in six months, using 20% of the land for parks and green space. The new residential development was named Highland Park.

1907

The first ad for lot sales appeared in the Dallas Morning News, offering 100 front foot lots in "the Residence Show Grounds of Texas." Lot prices ranged from $10-$30 per foot. The Flippen-Prather Company bought an additional 44 acres along Turtle Creek. Armstrong offered 100 acres west of Preston Road to the Texas Presbyterian University, an opportunity that would unfortunately never come to fruition.

1908

 John Armstrong died and the development of Highland Park continued through its owners, the Flippen-Prather Realty Company. They began negotiations with the Dallas Golf and Country Club, then located on Welborn Street.

1909

 The Dallas Country Club bought acreage along Turtle Creek. A plat for the First Installment was filed, 93 acres bounded by Abbott, Armstrong, Gillon and Hackberry Creek. New homes were to cost a minimum of $2,000. Streetcar tracks from downtown on Cole Avenue continued on Knox Street, crossed the MKT tracks and continued on Euclid Avenue almost to Highland Park Lake. E.L. Flippen and Hugh Prather began building homes on Preston Road overlooking Highland Park Lake.

1910

The Second Installment was filed, "Lakeside Addition," 108 acres south of the country club, bounded by Beverly, Lakeside, Armstrong and Hackberry Creek. Alice Armstrong gave 100 acres of land north of Mockingbird for a new Methodist University.

1911

Dallas won the vote for a new Methodist school. Southern Methodist University began building Dallas Hall. Parents bought a frame building on McKinney Avenue and moved it to 4900 Abbott where it served as the community's first school building.

1912

The new Dallas Country Club opened and the Third Installment was filed, "Country Club Estates," 73 acres bounded by Mockingbird, Drexel, Beverly and Fairfield. Later that year the Fourth Installment, "University Hills," 238 acres from St. John's to Airline, and Gillon to Mockingbird. Morgan School began building on Abbott at Euclid, to be known as Highland Park Academy.

1913

Incorporation was voted to become the Town of Highland Park. Speed limits were set at 20 miles per hour. The Highland Park Common School District petitioned the county to become the Highland Park Independent School District. Hugh Prather gave land for a school.

1914

A local school system was established. Armstrong School opened. The first chief of police was named.

1915

A.T. Lloyd bought a six acre lot at Beverly Drive and Preston Road for $22,500, the highest lot price in Dallas history. Southern Methodist University opened.

1916 

Planner George Kessler extended Turtle Creek Parkway along Lakeside Drive to the new Armstrong Parkway, using land bought in 1907. Hugh Prather designed Armstrong Parkway with the big pecan tree as the focal point.

1917

Average value of a home in Highland Park was $9,000.

1918

Dallas voted to annex Highland Park.

1919

The Town voted to pave its streets. Maplewood was the first street to be paved.

1922

The Town annexed the Mt. Vernon Addition, bounded by Turtle Creek Boulevard, Mockingbird, Key Street and the alley between Shenandoah and Binkley. The MKT railroad built a station at Abbott and Euclid. Highland Park High School, located on Normandy, opened.

1923

Highland Park West was announced, 306 acres with improvement costs at $3,210 per acre. No alleys were planned as they were in the prior development, but there were 10 foot utility reservations. The First Installment filed that year featured 132 lots of 100 front feet on 90 acres bounded by Preston, Westway, Armstrong and Belclaire. Cole Avenue was paved that year, still the direct route from downtown to Highland Park.

1924

Flippen-Prather Realty established a sales office at 4800 Preston Road. The Second Installment of Highland Park West composed of 206 lots on 56 acres, the "Country Club Section," bounded by Mockingbird, Beverly, Preston and Armstrong. Two blocks were held back at the corner of Preston and Mockingbird. The first council meeting was held in the new Town Hall.

1925

The Third Installment of Highland Park West was 28 acres of luxury lots bounded by Beverly, Belclaire, Preston and Armstrong. Later that year the Fourth Installment included 178 lots from 50 to 80 front feet on 58 acres bounded by Armstrong to the Cotton Belt tracks, Mockingbird to Beverly.

1926

John S. Bradfield School opened.

1928

The Fifth Installment of Highland Park West was south of Beverly between Armstrong and the Cotton Belt tracks called the "Central Section," with 30 to 90 front foot lots. The Westpark Addition for duplexes and commercial, was from Rheims Place to Lemmon, Lomo Alto to the railroad. University Park School opened. Planning began for the Highland Park Village.

1929

Zoning ordinances were established.

1930

A sales office opened on the site of Highland Park Village, the first shopping center of its kind.

1937

Highland Park High School, located on Emerson, opened. The former high school became Highland Park Junior High School.

1949

Robert S. Hyer School opened.

1951

Armstrong School, expanded in 1933 and 1939, burned.

1953

Armstrong School reopened. 

1958

E.L. Flippen passed away.

1959

Hugh Prather, Sr. passed away.

1970

Highland Park Junior High School became Highland Park Middle School - the 6th grade moved to middle school and the 9th grade to high school. The school was renamed for Arch McCulloch in 1974.

1975

Home Rule Charter was adopted, calling for a manager, mayor and five council members. 

1995

Highland Park Middle School, grades 7 and 8, and McCulloch Intermediate School, grades 5 and 6, opened in a unique shared campus building complex.