DALLAS MOVES ONWARD.
is a man in Texas who really thinks Dallas has "about got
its growth," the TIMES-HERALD invites him to visit the city and look about
and listen. The statistics of banks, postoffice, railways, population,
real estate transfers, building permits, etc., have, for two
or three years, and now more than ever, shown that Dallas has
enjoyed the most regular, substantial, rapid and satisfactory
growth of any city in the entire west or south, until it has,
in six years, advanced from fourth to first position in Texas;
and, at the present rate of progress, will distance Kansas City
in six more years.
- January 25, 1890,
Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 4, col. 1.
There are many large and valuable
enterprises in Dallas now assuming shape for the coming spring.
Two deals, respectively $400,000 and $600,000, will be announced
in a few days. There are new rapid transit lines in contemplation
and preparation; and, there is a great deal of private, but very
earnest, talk on the streets and among prominent business men
and property owners of lower Main and Commerce on the subject
of building improvements to be made the coming spring. The Windsor
Hotel is to be enlarged and raised two or three stories higher,
remodeled and made a first-class modern hostelry, superior to
everything now in the south. Sanger Bros. will tear down the
Main and Austin corner of their block and erect a six-story addition
to their house so attractive on the Elm front. The adjoining
50 feet on Main, occupied by Williams and Amato, will be supplanted
by a modern store and office building, reaching six or seven
stories high. The Pace drug corner, 50 feet owned by E. M. Kahn,
will be rebuilt in the same high and modern style. The next 50
feet, adjoining the North Texas National Bank, will be among
the first to be torn down and rebuilt by Col. Exall. The Lindsay
corner, now being remodeled for the American National Bank, will
be made higher. $75,000 was offered for the building the other
day, but $100,000 was asked. It is also reported that the corner
on Commerce and Jefferson, lately gutted by fire, will be rebuilt
in handsome style, possibly as Dallas & Oak Cliff Railway
depot. A new opera house, three or four times as large as the
present one, should be erected on the opera block this summer,
to be in keeping with the enlarged Windsor, the six-story structure
to be built opposite the News office, and other improvements
surrounding that locality. There are many other ordinary two-story
structures in this prominent and valuable part of the city which
should be torn down to give place to larger and more modern buildings
in keeping with the growth and progress of Dallas. The class
of buildings in the eastern edge of the business area is more
in accord with Dallas' general progress; and, it will pay the
owners of property in west end and other business sections to
follow this example and erect modern six and seven-story buildings.
Ground in the business centre of Dallas is too valuable now for
the two-story bricks which were put up there ten and fifteen
years ago. The owners cannot expect to rent such buildings or
offices in them to the most desirable class of tenants. The people
of Dallas are progressive in their tastes and ideas of comfort,
as well as in business and thrift. To owners of such buildings,
we would say: Down with all the old timers and put up something
which will pay a good interest, reflect credit on yourselves
and Dallas, and keep up the growth of the section you live or
own property in. Progress is the word.
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Laying More Brick than All
Texas Cities Combined.
idle workmen are hanging around Dallas. They are all busy. A
brick mason who left Dallas last fall and spent three months
in California, returned the other day. He says Dallas is doing
more brick laying than any of the California cities, and he says
the California boom, when it was at its highest level, never
reached the growth of Dallas.
29, 1890, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 5, col. 2.
A brick maker, who was located
in one of the lower towns, after making a canvas of the state,
with a view of making a change, gives as his opinion that more
brick is being laid in Dallas than in all other aspiring Texas
cities combined, and he will locate here.
The brick demand is being supplied
from Arlington, Denton, Terrell and other adjacent towns.
The foundations for the half million
dollar Oriental Hotel are about complete.
Next Saturday, Col. Henry Exall
will start a force to tearing away the two-story brick building
adjoining the North Texas National Bank building on the west.
As soon as the debris is moved, work will begin on a six-story
structure, which will be a counterpart of the bank building.
Col. Exall says he will spare no money to make it the finest
and most complete modern structure in the city.
The Middleton and Bookhout block
in front of the postoffice is nearing completion Its grandeur
and beauty commands admiration from every passerby.
The seven-story McLeod hotel will
soon be ready for occupancy.
The Central National Bank building,
located on the point at the intersection of Elm, Live Oak and
Ervay streets, has reached the third story. It will be a little
The walls of the third story of
Sanger Bros.' five-story building are going up. Here will be
the finest building in the city used for mercantile business.
Work is being pushed on the TIMES-HERALD'S three story building on Commerce
street. It is a model in architectural design and will be ready
for occupancy April 1.
J. E. Henderson's magnificent little
office building on Commerce street is being finished inside.
The walls of the First Baptist
Church, to be one of the finest temples of worship in the south,
are rising. The building committee says with $1200 a month for
six months, the heavy part of the work will be completed. The
liberal spirit of the congregation guarantees that amount.
The Missouri, Kansas & Texas
Railway Company is finishing a gem of a passenger depot on Jefferson
street. They have also completed a fine freight depot.
The five-story Oram and Chilton
building on Elm street makes slow progress. The street at that
point has been crowded with material for the past five months.
The four-story Mitchell building
on Elm street is rising.
The Fort Wayne Electric light company
has under way, a $15,000 building at the foot of Jefferson street.
The three-story $35,000 building
being constructed for Mr. Thomas for manufacturing purposes at
the corner of Pacific avenue, Griffin and Camp streets, has reached
the third story.
Workmen are trimming up the front
of the five-story Guild building, which occupies 50 feet front
on Elm by sixty feet front on Pacific avenue.
Numerous other structures will
be under way within the next thirty days.
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Dallas Temple of
a Second Time.
THE NEW HEATING
RESPONSIBLE FOR THE BLAZE.
The Most Costly
Conflagration of the
Year--The Court Records and
the Records in the Clerks'
Loss $80,000, Insurance $40,000---
Incidents of the Fire--Narrow
Escapes and Heroism of the
At 2 o'clock
this afternoon, smoke was seen emerging from the county court
room on the second floor of the court building. The alarm was
turned in at once and the fire department responded with alacrity,
while the occupants of the various offices lost no time in gathering
up all the records and valuable papers, and hastened to removed
them to a place of safety. Thousands gathered about the building,
and it was thought for a time that the flames would be extinguished
without any great loss.
INCIDENTS OF THE BLAZE.
A strong northern breeze, however,
fanned the flames, and in scarcely no time whatever, great clouds
of smoke poured from the windows of the second and third story
and the cupola. The firemen fought heroically, but the wood work
of the great building burned like tinder and the heat grew intense.
Inch by inch, they fought the flames, but it soon became apparent
that the building was doomed, and then an effort was made to
save the office of the county and district clerks, where all
valuable records are stored. In this, they were highly successful.
At 3:30, all that remained of the main building were the unsightly
and blackened walls.
The papers and records in Judge
Tucker's court were swept away, and also the books and papers
in the assessor's office, on the same floor. Sheriff Lewis and
his deputies saved the greatest part of the books and valuable
papers in his office, but he is fearful that his loss is heavy.
The books and cash in the office of the treasurer were placed
in the fire-proof vaults and will probably be found intact and
unharmed. County Clerk Scott and District Clerk Stewart are sanguine
that nearly all the valuable records, court papers and files
in their offices were rescued from the flames. Colonel D. W.
Williams and his assistants suffer severely. Their libraries,
valued at $3500, are a total loss, and only a slight insurance
was carried on the property. At this hour, it is impossible to
ascertain just what papers have been consumed by fire, but strong
hopes are entertained that the loss in that direction is small.
The origin of the fire can be traced
without difficulty to the new heating apparatus just placed in
the building. As before stated, the papers became heated and
ignited the wood work in the county court room. The flames spread
with astonishing [rapidity] and communicated with the third floor
and, from there, spread in all directions. The building was erected
at an expenditure of $125,000, and was one of the finest in the
state. Judge Bower was questioned as to the amount of insurance
carried, and he informed the TIMES-HERALD reporter that just $40,000 was carried on the
building, in the leading eastern companies. The loss is placed
in the neighborhood of $80,000, and it may run to higher figures.
fire alarm startled the inmates of the burning building, County
Commissioner McAdams was lying on a sick bed in a room on the
second floor, unable scarcely to raise his head. A rush was made
for the room and willing hands lifted the patient from his couch
and bore him to a place of safety.
THE VERY LATEST.
The county officials and their
assistants are entitled to great credit for the heroism which
they displayed in the work of saving records of priceless value
from destruction. Several clerks, in the employ of Bev Scott,
came near losing their lives by being caught on the third floor.
Fire and smoke prevented their escape by the stairway. At last,
just in the nick of time, a ladder was elevated to a window and
the boys made their escape to the ground below, red in the face
and giving evidence of having experienced a close call.
All the criminal papers in the
Forty-fourth district court are destroyed.
Steps will be taken at once to
build the grandest temple of justice in the southwest. There
is talk of appropriating at least $200,000 for a new building.
The firemen of Dallas are incomparable.
They worked like tigers with the high wind against them, low
pressure of water and the heat so intense, that it blistered
and scorched and fired the building, fronting on all sides of
the public square. The building is gone, but they did all that
human beings could do to save it.
It is recalled by old-time citizens
that the Dallas county courthouse was the victim of the flames
once before, in February, 1880, under circumstances a good deal
similar to the present. The Grand Lodge I. O. O. F. was in session
in Dallas, then as now, and it was remarked by Hon. Barnett Gibbs
in his speech before the Odd Fellows at the city hall, that though
Dallas could not burn the city hall in their honor this time,
she would show equal hospitality in other ways.
But, the courthouse is burned again.
The walls of the building which
was destroyed this afternoon, are the same as those which endured
the fiery ordeal before, they having remained intact after the
other blaze, a mansard roof only having been put on. The first
fire occurred about 2 o'clock in the morning, and the sheriff
(Moon held the office then) knew nothing about it till next day.
hour, 5:30 p. m., the flames have been extinguished. The office
of the county attorney escaped the ravages of the flames. District
Clerk Stewarts says that all valuable records and documents are
safe, except in Judge Tucker's court. The minutes, alone, were
rescued. The judge lost his valuable library, which was uninsured.
Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Miller rescued the books and papers
in Judge Bower's rooms with the assistance of the court officials,
and nearly all the books in the office of the assessor are in
good hands. The people of Dallas have cause for congratulation.
The building is gone, but that is the extent of the calamity.
It is understood that in addition to the $40,000 insurance on
the buildings, the office fixtures and furniture are insured
- February 7, 1890,
Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 1, col. 2-4.
Court has adjourned indefinitely.
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COURT HOUSE CHAT.
the best posted men in Dallas county said to-day to a TIMES-HERALD reporter:
"The claim that if the court house is located other than
on its old site, the square will revert to the heirs of John
Neely Bryan is moonshine. I investigated the case years ago,
and the facts in the case, as given by the TIMES-HERALD last
Saturday, are substantially correct. The square and several lots
in other portions of the city were deeded by John Neely Bryan
and wife to the county on condition that the seat of government
should be established in the town of Dallas. The deed was unconditional,
and the heirs have no more claim to it, even in the event of
another location being selected, than the man in the moon. Lancaster,
Oak Cliff and Dallas were the rivals for county seat honors at
the time, and Dallas won. The square belongs to Dallas county,
to dispose of as a majority of the voters deem most advantageous.
- February 10, 1890,
Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 1, col. 3.
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THE HOSPITALITY OF THE MAN-
UFACTURERS AID AND IM-
Enjoyed Yesterday By Many--The
Country a Vast Park But It Has
Been Divided Into
Manufacturers Aid and Improvement Company, yesterday, placed
at the disposal of the public, trains running every hour out
the Missouri, Kansas & Texas railway to Forrest Park station,
some four miles north of the city on the grounds of the company.
This hospitality was enjoyed by many who accepted the holiday
and the facilities at their disposal to take their families out
for a breathing spell.
- July 5, 1890, Dallas
Daily Times Herald, p. 8, col. 2-3.
A TIMES-HERALD reporter went out in the afternoon. When he
reached the beautiful brick depot at the foot of Houston street,
the people were gathering into the coaches. Many of them were
laboring men who were off for a holiday and it was a jolly crowd.
"Hello, Chock! Come in. Where
are you working?" was the greeting and inquiry of one laborer
"Oh, I'm at work on the waterworks,
but the rain drove us out today."
"How is the buggy factory?"
enquired a party of Mr.. Potter, the contractor for the buildings
for this magnificent enterprise, which is located on a site donated
by the Aid and Improvement Company.
"We will have the buildings
completed in about two weeks more," was his reply, and then
the questioner desired to know if he could engage work with the
company for a year.
It should be so that every man
in Dallas thrown out of employment by the cessation of public
improvement and building could find work awaiting him in a factory.
Dallas must win on the line of productive industry and she cannot
build too many factories. The Manufacturers' Aid and Improvement
Company is doing a good work on this line.
Every little detail to make the
trip to the park pleasant had been arranged--free ice water,
fans and cushioned seats, all free--nothing to do but climb on
the train and ride out and back at will. Many of the excursionists
seemed puzzled to comprehend such whole-souled generosity. Refreshments
and a band of music had been provided also, but owing to the
rain and the threatening condition of the weather, these items
The train drew out with its jolly,
good-natured crowd of men, women and children, passed the gas
works, the brewery, electric light works, the glue factory, brick
yards, Mr. Loeb's soap factory, the mellow odors from which,
blend with the fumes from the city's dumping grounds, out by
the city's water works and the immense reservoirs which are now
being built, on beyond Long's Lake, a beautiful body of water,
and then through beautiful groves and out on the broad prairies
to Forrest Station, after passing the buildings for the large
buggy factory. Just across a little stream beyond the station
was the park pavilion, a very pleasant resort. Here is plenty
of breathing room and a strong breeze, which is bracing and refreshing
even on a Fourth of July day. The roadways there are graded and
macadamized and people were out in their carriages and buggies
enjoying the drives. This is a beautiful stretch of country gently
sloping towards the river. The soil is extremely rich and it
has been cultivated, but the far-seeing speculator has divided
the broad acres into city lots, and now a large crop of cockleburs
cover the ground where was wont to grow grain and cotton, which
found its way to the Dallas markets. The reporter was told that
a mile and a half beyond the park, the land is reserved and a
great deal of it plotted into town lots. What a city Dallas will
be when all that vast expanse of country is covered with homes!
And, if some way was provided by which this section could be
connected with the city by quick transit, no doubt it would soon
be possessed by the home seeker. The elevation, the scenery and
every other consideration to render the location desirable has
been amply provided by nature. Talk about parks, when the whole
country outside is nothing but a park and the only thing required
is some way to reach it.
The Aid and Improvement Company
owns very fine property and with the liberal inducements held
out to manufactures, this promises to become a manufacturing
center. There is a reservation for sites for factories and another
plat of ground is reserved for the houses of employes. Even out
this far, building is underway. Across the hill, three half-finished
residences, one two stories high, greeted the visitor, and near
the station, the Aid and Improvement Company is having a roomy
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Oak Cliff's Magnificent
spected by the Public Last Night.
Oak Cliff," that beautiful suburb's magnificent new hotel,
opened last night with an elegant spread, a blaze of light, delightful
music and a large and representative company. The hotel, built
on the plan combining beauty and comfort, is a three-story structure
with a basement story of brick. It stands on Park street, about
150 feet from Oak Cliff railway, and at Park street station and
within earshot of the music at the summer theater. It has a broad
facing to the south and east, with no immediate obstruction to
the balmy breezes for which Oak Cliff is famed. Spacious grounds
stretch away to the south side and rear of the building, which
will be devoted to lawn tennis, croquet and other amusements.
Around two sides of the house on the first and second stories,
broad ornamental piazzas extend, lighted at intervals by electric
lights. On the northeast corner is a tower presenting oval windows
in each of the corner rooms, and a broad bay window on each side
fronting the street.
- July 11, 1890, Dallas
Daily Times Herald, p. 4, col. 5.
The furnishings throughout, which
were ordered from designs furnished by special artists, are superb
and attractive in the extreme. The carpets on the first and second
floors being all of Wilton velvet, showing old tapestry tints
in coral, old blue and parchment tints, which beautifully harmonize
with the exquisite draperies of two-toned silk and Irish point
lace and elegant velour portieres that ornament the handsome
parlors, while dainty, mechlin point gracefully drape all the
boudoir windows. The furniture throughout is of English style
with the dainty elegance, superb finish and trimmings of the
old regime, which, combined with the modern completeness and
convenience of the present day, converts the apartments into
all that could be desired. The boudoir china and much of the
table is all imported and of the most artistic design, while
the plate is of solid silver, delicately engraved with the words,
"The Oak Cliff," which with the fine linen, gives the
board a very rich effect. Every arrangement appointment and detail
suggests faultless taste and comfort that could only be reached
regardless of cost, care and trouble by the progressive management,
who more than deserved the admiration, and unstinted praise that
was showered upon them by all who gazed upon the unfolding of
their grand enterprise. The initial dinner was in keeping with
the house in style, menu and the careful and dainty way it was
served was highly commendable to Mr. Milton Powell, the efficient
manager, who had only a short time to arrange and prepare for
this occasion, considering how difficult a matter it is to get
a retinue of waiters to work in unison. However, the public can
rest assured that in a few days, at the farthest, no better hotel
service can be found in the South than that which will be given
to the patrons of the Oak Cliff.
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Levels Three Fine
THE MOST DESTRUCTIVE
FIERCE FLAMES RAGE IN A
The Texas and Pacific Railway
Exchange and Hender-
Destroyed -- Sched-
ule of Losses and Insu-
shortly after 12 o'clock, the fire bells in the chorus of a general
alarm announced one of the most serious and devastating conflagrations
which has visited the city since the great fire in 1886.
SIX FIRES AT ONCE.
Soon, the apparatus of the fire
department was rattling over the bois d'arc pavement down Commerce
street. There was no trouble in locating the dreaded midnight
monster of destruction, for already, the flames were leaping
and darting through the openings on the second floor of the office
building of the Texas & Pacific Railway Company on Commerce
This was a beautiful three-story
brick and stone building. It was wedged in between the splendid
building of Gaston Bros., formerly the Merchants Exchange, on
the west and the three-story Henderson office building and the
beautiful four-story club building on the east. These fine, costly
buildings made up the south half of one of the magnificent blocks
in the city, lying between Poydras and Lamar streets. The north
half of the block is composed of the three-story building of
the National Exchange bank, Fendrich's cigar store, the Coney
Island saloon and club building, Domnau & Samuels' pawn shop,
J. W. Webb's jewelry story, C. H. Clancey's shirt factory, Austin's
jewelry store, the city ticket office of the Houston & Texas
Central Railway Company and Knepfly & Son's fine three-story
jewelry and office building. some of the most costly property
in the city was at stake and in eminent peril with the flame
wedged in the center of the south side of the block.
In a very brief space of time,
two lines of hose were laid. The crackling flames were leaping
higher and higher every second. The fire spread rapidly through
the building, an excited citizenship gathered from every direction
and the southern breeze wafted blazing cinders to the north and
east and deposited them on buildings on Main and Elm streets,
threatening the ultimate destruction of the business center of
the city. Seeing the great damage to buildings in the vicinity,
they were soon covered by thoughtful people who smothered the
blazing fragments as they landed on the tops of the houses.
When pressure in the water mains
came with full force, five streams were set to playing upon the
fierce flames, which now lighted up the whole city, and which,
were beyond control so far as the Texas & Pacific and Henderson
office buildings and the Gaston building were concerned. Two
streams were playing in front and three in the rear of the Texas
& Pacific building, while one was carried inside the Gaston
building on the second floor, where the Board of Trade rooms
were located. The beautiful curly pine finish on the inside of
this building was combustible material of the first order and
the fire fed upon it and spread rapidly. Another stream of water
was playing upon the Henderson office building from the top of
the Dallas Club building, and thus [creating] a gleam of hope,
cheered the firemen on to the strongest effort to confine the
fire to its limits, though nothing but the coolest judgment directing
the best efforts could accomplish this.
It was only a few minutes more
until the district became a solid mass of seething flame, throwing
out intense heat, which kept back the great crowd of people who
had collected at a respectful distance. A portion of the wall
of the Texas & Pacific building fell, and this was almost
immediately followed by a loud crash caused by the precipitation
of a part of the heavy brick work of the Gaston building.
Within an hour, the flames had
accomplished their worst, but the danger line was by no means
of the fire department, said this morning: "We had six distinct
fire all going at the same time. There was the fire in the Texas
& Pacific office building, where it originated; there was
the fire in the Gaston building; another in the rear of the Henderson
building; one in the rear of the new building adjoining the North
Texas National Bank; another at Benedikt's on Elm street, and
one on the roof of Walker's China Hall. I had my hands full looking
after all these fires. The entire department worked desperately,
but our force is not large enough. We need more apparatus. The
suction pipe of engine No. 2 gave way, and that was a serious
THE MAYOR ON DECK.
the engagement, a carriage was sent for Mayor W. C. Connor, who
can size up a fire as well as any man in the country, having
spent eleven years in the service, and being, at one time, chief
of the Dallas department. He rendered valuable assistance in
giving directions where to throw streams and in aiding Chief
Wilkerson, who had more than his hands full. While Mayor Connor
was thus engaged, a policeman rushed up to him and said, "Here,
you get out, or I'll run you in!" The mayor replied, "Give
me your number and I'll let you off in the morning!" The
policeman reeled beneath the force of the blow, blurted out an
apology and vanished. During the fire, Mr. Connor missed his
footing and stepped unexpectedly off the curbing, receiving a
sprain in his right leg. He said this morning: "We have
a very efficient, but small fire department and the fire was
handled well. As is the case at all large fires, people will
run in from the crowd and offer suggestions to the firemen. This
results only in confusion and people should remember to leave
the work of giving directions to experienced heads who are employed
for that purpose."
THE WATER PRESSURE.
Not a word
of complaint was heard from a member of the fire department about
deficient pressure in the mains. Upon the other hand, the chief
states that the pressure was very good from the start. The register
at the pump house showed 82 pounds pressure at the time the fire
started, and it did not fall below this during the fire. The
engineer states that the water was within a foot and a half of
the top of the stand-pipe. The gauge in the office of the superintendent
of waterworks, which is in the second story of the city hall,
registered 42 pounds at 10 o'clock, 47 pounds at 11, over 49
pounds at 12, and 40 pounds at 1 o'clock. This was equal to a
pressure of between 80 and 85 pounds at the pumping station.
The superintendent states that it was a good average pressure
for a fire.
LOSSES AND INSURANCE.
of losses is approximated, the insurance is authentic from the
Gaston building, three stories
and a basement, 75x100 feet, corner Lamar and Commerce streets,
loss $50,000, insured as follows: Phoenix of London, $2000, Commercial
Union $2000, Queen $2000, Norwich Union $1500, German of Frankford
$2500, Empire State $2500, Southern of California $2500, Liberty
of New York $2300, German American $5000, North British Mercantile
$3000, Teutonic of New Orleans $2500, Sun Fire Office of London
$4000, Pennsylvania of Philadelphia $3000. Niagra of New York
$3000, total $38,000.
In this building, the following
were located: In the basement, Garsia & Co., merchandise
brokers, loss and insurance not ascertained; Texas & Pacific
Railway Company supplies, loss and insurance included in the
office building estimate; Choctaw Coal and Railway Company not
ascertained; Fonda @ Co., brokers, not ascertained; A. C. Silvia
& Co., brokers, not ascertained. First floor Gaston &
Gaston, bankers, fixtures and office furniture, etc., loss $5000,
insurance $2500, in the North British and Mercantile; Texas Land
& Mortgage Co., limited, not ascertained; Robertson &
Coke, loss unknown, insured for $3000 in the Royal of Liverpool.
Second floor: Board of Trade, loss $500, no insurance; Texas
State Fair Association, actual loss $2000, pecuniary loss heavy
and no insurance; Dallas clearinghouse, loss $250 in furniture,
stationery and fixtures, no insurance; N. Toby, architect, not
ascertained. Third floor: Texas School Supply Company, not ascertained;
Davis & Hutchins, attorneys, loss not known, insurance $1200
in the London & Lankenshire Company.
The Texas & Pacific office
building was the property of Maj. R. V. Tompkins, who is absent
in Kansas City, but an approximate of his loss fixes it at $35,000,
insured with the Royal for $5000, Sun, Globe & Liverpool,
$5000; Home of New York $5000; total $15,000. This building was
tenanted by the Texas & Pacific Railway Company for their
general southwestern headquarters. The actual loss of the company
is estimated at $25,000, the amount of insurance is uncertain,
it being on a general line. Of course, the company sustained
irreparable damage in the loss of papers, schedules, etc., which
can never be replaced. A large supply of tickets were in a safe,
and they are thought to be secure. General Manager Grant is absent.
Auditor Fenby arrived over the Central last night, just about
the time the fire broke out. Messrs. Fenby, Miller, Metcalf and
others are hustling to-day for new quarters.
Mr. Henderson is not in town. His
building was valued at $20,000; insured for $10,000. It was not
completed. The second story was occupied by the 'Texas and Pacific
Railway Company, and here the loss was complete. The basement
occupants were damaged by water and smoke to a greater extent
than the damage by fire.
The Dallas club building was slightly
damaged, but fully insured.
says Major Tompkins will rebuild.
ABOUT THE FIRE.
Mr. John Gaston says the Gaston
building will be rebuilt, provided the walls can be used in reconstructing.
The Henderson building, while the
second and third stores are wrecked, is not a total loss. The
beautiful white stone front is as pretty as ever, while the walls
of the building are in good shape, except, perhaps, at the rear.
It was supposed Mr. Henderson will rebuild.
The management of the fair association
requests that those who filed applications for race programmes
and premium lists, renew them in order that they may receive
attention. Applications for space should be renewed to insure
them. The secretary's office will be located temporarily in the
office of the president in Armstrong & Co.'s wholesale grocery
store, on Commerce street. A transfer will soon be made to permanent
headquarters at the fair grounds. The office force was doubled
this morning and work will be pushed until every paper will be
replaced as far as possible.
Mr. Leo Wolfson, secretary of the
Board of Trade, and manager of the clearing house, will have
temporary headquarters at the Fourth National bank.
Exall, like a great many other citizens, did not know of the
fire until this morning. He says he is very grateful to the firemen
and his friends who worked to save his new building from destruction.
- July 14, 1890, Dallas
Daily Times Herald, p. 2, col. 1-4
No ones seems to know the origin
of the fire. The watchman who was on duty in the Texas &
Pacific building, states that he was making his usual midnight
round, when he discovered a small blaze in the store room under
the stairway on the ground floor. He tried to put it out, but
he failed, and soon, the flames were leaping through the three
floors and out the openings in the building.
The magnificent block of four-story
buildings standing in front of the burning block were in great
danger, but they were unscathed by the flame.
The firemen worked well. The work
speaks for itself. The adjoining buildings, which stood within
eight and ten feet of the doomed structures, speak volumes for
the efficiency of the fire department. It has been suggested
that the Gaston building could have been saved, and so, it might
with the use of enlarged facilities and more men than the department
numbers. But, with so much property endangered, and with the
cry of fire coming from so many buildings, the force could not
Capt. Ben McCulloch, of the passenger
department of the Texas & Pacific, has located quarters in
the second story of the Leonard building on Elm street and business
was running as smoothly this afternoon as though nothing had
Daylight, this morning, found the
Texas and Pacific office building, commonly known as the Gould
building, the Henderson office building and the old Merchants'
Exchange building, a mass of smoking ruins.
A large crowd lined the street
in front of the debris, which marked the spot where, but a few
hours before, stood three structures which ranked among the finest
buildings in the city. Overworked firemen were throwing streams
of water on the heap, which sent up a volume of smoke. It was
a chaotic mass of tumbled walls and broken columns.
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THE NEW MARKET HOUSE
It Will Cost $90,000--A Magnif-
icent Private Enterprise
Now Under Way.
house, which the TIMES-HERALD has referred to upon several occasions, is a
magnificent enterprise combining a fine auditorium, public library
and business apartments.
The site for this structure is
well located, fronting on Ervay, Jackson and Lane streets, while
a thirty-foot granitoyd paved driveway will serve as a shipping
alley on the south side.
proper will be 85x200 feet and will be three stories high, of
which the first two stories are constructed arcade-like. By the
two main through-passages, the building is cut into four divisions,
forming a rotunda, with a sparkling fountain at the crossing
point. These passages are open to the second-story ceiling and
are surrounded with galleries at the second floor, which are
again connected by cross-bridges.
A grand iron stair-case will connect
the first and second stories from the rotunda out, adding greatly
to the open and light effect of this interior, together with
the open iron balustrade of the galleries and the suspended chandeliers
from the second-story ceiling.
One of the accompanying drawings
give a sectional view of the structure, illustrates the divisions
lined by marble counters in the first story, subdivided by light,
low partitions for the different compartments, otherwise all
open to the ceiling, and the second story inside the galleries
enclosed by large plate glass.
The floors being constructed on
the slow combustion style, lays bare to the eye the heavy timber
and iron girders, which are neatly finished off, paneled, and
never fail to give a feeling of cleanliness and stability in
a building of this class.
The floors are all to be covered
with marble and the walls inside lined to a height of eight feet
above base with glazed brick, while the remaining portion is
lined with pressed brick and terra cotta trimming, same as outside
The second story will contain restaurants,
library, a branch exchange, bank and such other places as will
add to the compactness and completeness of the enterprise.
AN INTERIOR VIEW
the outside of main building, on the first floor, except on Ervay
street, for a distance of twelve feet, will be a porch one story
high, the roof of which, will reach over the sidewalks, thus
shading the same and making the stands, which will be located
under these porches, accessible and agreeable. These stands will
be largely used for fruits, vegetables, flowers, etc., and will
be enclosed by glass fronts in cold weather.
- July 29, 1890, Dallas
Daily Times Herald, p. 5, col. 2-3.
A basement will be under part of
the building for boilers and electric machinery.
There will be a large general refrigerator,
containing separate cooling rooms for the use of the patrons
of the markets.
On Ervay street, the building will
reach to the sidewalk and will, as a main entrance for the third
story, contain a large open vestibule, twenty feet square, with
a large staircase at each side, leading to second and third stories,
in addition to the grand staircase in rotunda or arcade. This
third story will contain an auditorium, capable of seating 3500
A stage and stage rooms will be
at the Lane street end, for the use of which, there will be an
elevator and small private staircase. There will be six exits
in addition to the staircases to serve in case of a panic. It
can easily be imagined what delightful promenades can be had
on the galleries of the second floor in connection with the auditorium
room in day-time, or at night, when a hundred electric lights
cast their light over this most generous enterprise for the city
This building having been planned
in conjunction with some of our enterprising citizens, by the
well known architect, Mr. Isaac S. Taylor, we are assured that
we will receive an additional edifice and ornament for this city.
The building alone will cost about
$90,000. The material to be used in its construction will be
steel, pressed brick, marble and terra cotta. It will be covered
This is simply a private enterprise,
and there is no disposition, nor will there be any effort made
to compel market men to occupy it.
About one-half of the stock has
been subscribed, and with such a magnificent and paying enterprise
promised, there will be no trouble in securing the balance needed.
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CHANGES MADE IN
AND PRICE YESTERDAY.
Contractor James and the Arch-
itect on the Ground Super-
court, as anticipated by the TIMES-HERALD yesterday, made a number of changes in the courthouse
bids, and finally, when Mr. James signed the contract, Honey
Grove stone did not appear in the same. In fact, it was rejected
altogether by the court for reasons best known to themselves.
Mr. James gets $56,000 more for the job than the amount in the
original bid. The changes referred to simply amount to the substitution
of blue Arkansas granite for Pecos stone and the Pecos stone
for Honey Grove stone, as originally intended. A gentleman interested
in a quarry at Little Rock presented the claims of his granite
and made a proposition, which was accepted. Mr. James agreed
to the change, provided that the county paid the difference in
cost of material, which increased the contract price from $276,000
- August 7, 1890, Dallas
Daily Times Herald, p. 4, col. 2.
The first story will be constructed
of blue granite and all above, Red Pecos sand stone and trimmings
of granite. The columns at entrances and the steps are to be
red granite and the combination, according to experts, will make
the Dallas courthouse one of the prettiest buildings in the United
A TIMES-HERALD reporter visited the courthouse site to-day
and found the architect, Mr. James, foreman, and a gang of men
at work setting stakes for the foundation for the new building.
The walls of the old building will be removed by Mr. James immediately
and the material will be utilized in the foundation for the new
structure. The commissioners have ordered this.
The architect and the contractor
say that the work will be pushed rapidly.
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