The Shawnee Daily News-Herald (Shawnee, Okla.), Vol. 19, No. 210, Ed. 1 Tuesday, May 12, 1914 Page: 4 of 8
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SHAWNEE DAILY NEWS-HERALD
TUESDAY EVENING, MAY 12, 1914.
Is fewta fopMa^^siBiiim
Skyline of Dallas. Business District, Showing Modern Skyscrapers
Tel.. The only difference com. th. rtr.nf.r and whenever and howrrr
|«L T.ra, today and Dallaa. Tera,. yea It c.n, to m.k. two blad., of graa. gr - I
„rd T „ far u can N >b..rved. la that -grounding mou wber. only one grew t -
Kapoaition, which -a. M*Jn H.U..
financial centeri of the United St.Ua ha. dona -Mrh waa und.r-r.ttan by the raorla of thla
" worth -hlU. „ th* D.H.. rlty „ th. .runt of ...O^OO Th. „
. . . . KnA o.,. fcr,. „ rretty wtee peo- f that exposition wii to demonstrate to tha
IT Th.Tar.v.f much all™. «• thoaa who .arrrr.r how ha could lncr.ua Inefficiency
fought th.ni tor on. of th. great region a' Ma method, .nd Inrreaae th. prorhct. of hi
' * , . (inn. lr.Hu had no hop. of making . dim..
r^on o, Dallaa wa. n. ~rprlaa to dir~t„. orr, of th. «*«£. *
,v paopl. of DtlUa who had coll.wd th. d.ta „ut up th. money Una- they ™ld
_ „h,,,h th<.ir r!.im for ona of tha rational upon to aettlc tha acor. whan tha thing aa
Swrkr waa h.«d Tha, knew th. .irength of ever, bec.ua. th. van natur. of .ha effort pre-
tty And the. w.c confidant or the eluded th. poMibility of ury fln.ncl.1 auccaa.
.. ■, ,( the fa, t that the commla And jet they want right along, knowing th.t
T ti t . gr of encouragement. i If th. productive.. of th. T.,a. farm. waa
"But^re J: a .^;in; ^.r,n th. J Incraa.d tha, L..I1.. -ould feel th. ...eta
u «i m.t i of ours who wan purprlssd when i and reap Its reward.
be.m^ known that Dallaa ->«• tn be tha hone Th.t la . f.lr a.rnpl. of the w., the* do
™ ir«l...l b.nk. .nd thereby the thing. hare. It I. of tha p«pl.
renter of th. Southwe.i 1 A few Tear. M« ueeurred to I>.lla. th.t
u !1 w,m.thin« about thl. city, which Uke. it would be . gorrd thing to hav. a
blight In th. M'lf-applled title of "The City of unlveralty her., wher. well-to-do people could
Hour ma" no, n. wllhou. In,area, I -nd th.ir boy. and girl. nd where oUrar w.11-
't ugln with llal'na haa f.lth In llaelf to-do people could coma n.l live while their
1,^llev' ,n D.,lM. in ,he and Individ- bo,a and glrla w.r. heing educaUd. Tha
' .?* „ b.u.v.a in I,, leader, and i, g.,. ^outoern Methodlai. «• that t.m. wer. look-
behind thcaa l«H U*r when omethlnB for tha (In* around for a locatl«>n or «n en owe
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pood of the city nd th.
Put thrre ia a broader rvaaon than that for
U, v nf thi city. It i> unnelflah in it«
nnih*tionK. It knowa that no alreara can rl«e
- i-urlnr to iU aourca and tl>e «ourc« of a
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institution which would take fir«t rank among
the educational Institutions of thr United
States Dallas heard of it and invited them
lo come here and look at what Dallas had a
,,ff. r They came. And when Dallas oftVred a
c-aah honui of $300,000 and 625 acres of the
in. it desirable residence land, valued at S7K0.-
i the tlaal was closed. Dallaa had tha
. ' fHrilitles. delishtful climat
an ac'iD m ■■
At flrat the coat was appalling, even to
those who do not shy away from spending a
dollar or a lot of them when aomethlng Is to
be artompllahed. There were streets to be
widened and parks to be laid out and play
grounds to be provided. A civic center waa
added and the whole made a very beautiful
picture. But it waa to cost a lot of money
and before this could be done a work of edu-
cation had to be inaugurated which would pre-
pare the people for the work. This waa done
aasiduously. In season and out examples of
civic attractiveness were put before the Dal-
laslte by the Dallas News, the morning paper
here, and in time it had ita effect. Unfortu-
nately it waa found impracticable to get the
public buildings grouped in a civic oenter. The
new municipal building waa located In the
heart of the oity, but not in the spot selected
by Mr. Kessler. The ftew Federal poatoffice
waa also located elr iwhere and that marred
that part of the plan. But other anglea of it
are growing Parka are being provided. New
hoapltals are built and building, a magnificent
paaaenf;< r terminal, which will coat upward of
five millions, la now under way and will be
completed in eighteen months. This will take
care of travel through Dallaa for some time
to come and this travel now amounts to up-
ward of five millions a year.
A few years ago it occurred that a really
high-class hotel would help along the cause
here. So the late Adolphua Buach, the mil-
lionaire hit. Louis brewer, was acquainted with
the needs of the situation and induced to build
the Hotel Adolphua, the finest hotel in the
South, which is now open for business. Mr.
Buach liked his Investment here so well that
before the Adolphua waa flnlahed he had made
plans for an office building which la the last
word in modern conatructlon. It coat over a
million, without the lot, and ia now occupied
by a «rent department atore and offices.
In carrying out the idea of helping those
who help Dallas there haa been built up here
on* of the greatest State Falra In the United
States, which Is vlalted every fall by over a
million i-eople. Thia is called a State Fair,
and it is. in scope. But It la financed by Dal-
las and haa never had one penny from the
State < r from any source outside of Dallaa.
For only two weeks In the year are the 187
lu-ret. 'if park devoted to the fair At all oth-
er times the | ark la open to the public as a
recreation and play ground.
In population Dallas has been far from Idle.
In 1900 the Federal census Bhowed 42,688. In
1310 this had been boosted to 92.104. Since
then the city haB been outgrowing itself and
today the most conservative estimates place
the population at 181,278.
Dallas ia the largeat automobile distributing
center in the Southwest. The flrat automobile
waa aold here thirteen years ago and laat
year there was distributed from Dallas H'®®®
automobiles, 674 motorcycles and nutomoblle
accessorlee making the total automobile busi-
ness aggre^xte eighteen million of dollars.
In the <'if-: ributlon of farm implements only
Kanaaa City is ahead of Dallas and the margin
betwoen the rivals Is fast approaching the van-
This Is also the largest inland cotton mar-
ket In the world. Dallaa buyers handling laat
year 1,469,000 bales valued at $92,097,000.
As a Jobbing center Dallaa takea high rank,
its jobbing business laat year aggregating
Dallaa Is the telegraph and telephone cen-
ter of the Southwest. It haa 2K6 trunk tele-
graph lines and last year handled 18.497.80C
messages. It ranks sixth among the cities of
the United States aa a telegraph center. There
are 218,887 telephones within a radius of 100
miles of Dallaa, 648 towns are served with a
60c rate and 169 towns are reached for 2So
by long distance and the city, with its 40,944
telephones, has the largest per capita number
of telephones of any city In the world.
Ranking 64th in population according to the,
census of 1910, Dallas ranks 23rd in building.
Since 1900 buildings valued at $44,000,000 have
been erected and during the y ,ar 1918. but id.
lng parmlta amounting to $8,480,580 were la-
sued, while real eatate valued at $46,000,000
changed hands. , _. . ,
I Dallaa has 167 miles of paved street*, her
Inarka and play grounds aggregate 718 acres,
she has 88 public school buildinga and mora
' provided for, 44 private schools and colleges.
108 churches and a magnificent water system
I big enough to provide filtered water In lnex-
1 haustlble supply to a city three times as large
as Dallas la today.
i These are some of the reasons why Dallaa
eot a regional bank. But there Is one more
reaaon which made all of these reasons pos- ,
sible. Dallaa haB the riKht spirit the bin
I spirit an abounding and limitless faith In her-
wlf and th* capacity of her people to do
things. Nothing deters the cltisenBhlp here
Nothing atope them and they step at nothing
in the ahai* of nbatrrcl.B to her advancement.
Back behind It all. they know that the rity
1, founded no the lolld rock of r.roaperlty of .
magnificent aurroundlnjr country, and they
have the nerve to go after trade and the capi-
tal to meet all competition successfully
And now they are thinking in millions aa a
i reault of the regional bank. That merely
shows them that all thing> are possible.
Street Scene Showing Ornamental Lighting System
The Wall Street of the
noble pile patterned after the Pantheon, at
Athens, stands almost completed In the center
of the campus, while the men s hall is almost
ready. The university will open in September
and there arc now more students making ap-
plication for entrance than can bo accommo-
A few years ago. as the lives of cities Is
reckoned, an Immigrant stopped his wagon
and tram on the banki of the Trinity river
where Dallas no*' stands The country looked
good to him. It hat looked good to thousands
since. And the tow# was born In thoae days
the buffalo and the Indian were as ^miliar
in this section as automobiles are today. 1 he
whole country wa. a w.ata of virgin oppor-
tunlty. Hut the man who .topped here wa,
gifted with a keen foresight and what he saw
good enough for him.
P was not until 1871 that a railroad got
bare And It was not much of a railroad,
either. But It did give egress and ingress and
was a brave starter. The country about Dal-
las was capable of being made productive.
It had all the elements of a great farming
country and that la whst counted.
So th« people even In that early day were
full of faith They believed In their town and
they had faith in Its future. That belief and
that faith grew with the town. It kept pace
with every change and was Just a trifle ahead
of every improvement. ... „ .
Other railroads came and today Dallaa haa
nine railroads and five lntemrbans radiating
In eighteen different directions.
When Interurhana were Invented Dallas got
after them It seemed that this city was more
oulck to graap their significance than her
neighbors. Maybe Dallas waa a better gam-
bler and waa more willing to take a chance
and risk .Tioney in this new agency of trans-
portation. But be that aa it may. Dallaa la
today the bead and center of the lnterurban
systems of Texas. Her Interurhans extend to
Fort Worth and Cleborne on the west ; to
Waco and Corslcana on the south : to Denlson
and Sherman on the north, and lines to the
east are building to Terrell and Greenville.
And the beauty of this system Is that, with
the exception of the line to Fort Worth, which
was financed at home, but Is now controlled
by the Stone A Webster syndicate of Boston,
all of the Interurhans radiating out of Dallaa
are controlled by home people and operated
as Dallas properties.
Dallni>. as most cities, was Topsy-llke in Ita
genesis and It "just growed." When its great
Impetus was ruahed upon It It spread In all
directions without much regard to Ita uses aa
a great commercial mart. Then it dawned
upon the wise folks here that If the faults
of the city were ever to be corrected the work
could not be done to soon. So they sent for
George E. Kessler. the noted city planner
and landacape artist, and sought his advice
as to what to do.
Mr. Keealer looked over the ground and
found much that he would have undone. But
he gave the people hope that the faults of
their city were n«t insurmountable. Then he
got busy and made a plan for the Improve-
ment of the city which would give It place
among the modern cities In point of civic
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Main Street in the Business District
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Weaver, Otis B. The Shawnee Daily News-Herald (Shawnee, Okla.), Vol. 19, No. 210, Ed. 1 Tuesday, May 12, 1914, newspaper, May 12, 1914; Shawnee, Oklahoma. (https://gateway.okhistory.org/ark:/67531/metadc92255/m1/4/: accessed February 28, 2021), The Gateway to Oklahoma History, https://gateway.okhistory.org; crediting Oklahoma Historical Society.