Parade of Giants, Margaret Hunt Hill BridgeCelebration

by Dean Singleton March. 04, 2012 2356 views

Time for a little history lesson from Dallas. These are the giants of Dallas history on parade across the new MHH bridge. I must admit I did not know who some of them were and I've lived around here for most of my life although some of these predate me considerably. Hope you enjoy.

Father Sebastian Valles who in the 1930's dreamed of establishing in West Dallas, a Catholic school which eventually opened as St. Mary of Carmel.

Mattie Nash, a long-time community activist who represented West Dallas on the Dallas City Council from 1991-1993

Victor Considerant, an explorer who founded the French-speaking La Reunion colony in what is now West Dallas.

Bettie Odom, the long-time West Dallas businesswoman and restraunteur who for many years was the proprietor of Odom's BBQ on Singleton Boulevard.

Bonnie Parker renowned gangster who waged a reign of terror in West Dallas and beyond in the 1930s with Clyde Barrow. Of late, half the theme of the movie “Bonnie and Clyde.”

Clyde Barrow, Bonnies Partner in crime. Barrow is burried in the Western Heights Cemetery on Fort Worth Avenue.

Judge Harold Barefoot Sanders, who steered the Dallas ISD through the long process of desegregation.

Andrea Flores Cervantes, a Los Barrios Unidos clinic founder who also established the first free summer lunch program for West Dallas children.

Hattie Rankin, a church worker who was so moved by the poverty in West Dallas in the 1930s, she started the Eagle Ford Mission.

Rhoda Dragoo, a Methodist deaconess who in 1915 won the right for Mexican children to attend Dallas public schools.

Myrtle Davis, a late-20th-century community and political leader who is one of the namesakes of the largest recreation complex in West Dallas.

Sarah Cockrell who in 1872 opened and managed the first bridge over the Trinity River, linking West Dallas for the first time with all major roads north and east

Finally, and I hope I got them all, Julian Reverchon, one of the La Reunion colonist who also taught botany at what today is Baylor University Medical Center.

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Mike Meliska 8 years, 1 month ago

Very cool post..

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Chossid 8 years, 1 month ago

Very interesting post!

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Jacki 8 years, 1 month ago

Wow, do they make these up for the occasion?? Looks like a lot of work... get set!

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