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D in the Heart of Texas
Jerry T. Dealey
John Neely Bryan – And Other Early Founders (Part 1)
Early History of Texas
The Europeans and American Settlers
John Neely Bryan – And Other Early Founders
Some Wheeling-Dealing to Grow a City
George Bannerman Dealey
The Dallas Morning News is Born
The Great 1908 Flood
G. B. Promotes Other Early Dallas Growth
The "City of Hate"
Building the ‘Subway’, Triple Underpass, Dealey Plaza
The Other Buildings Around Dealey Plaza
The Elder G. B. Dealey
The Dallas "Citizens Council"
The ‘Right Wing’ Direction of Dallas - "City of Hate" Revisited
A ‘Turn-Around’ for the Dallas Morning News
The Pre-November ‘Hate’ Incidents
Dallas’ Law Enforcement
November 1963, Why Dallas?
Dealey Plaza Changes To-Date
It was into this environment, of the Republic of Texas inviting settlers to establish settlements that the 30 year-old John Neely Bryan came. Bryan had been born and grew up in Fayetteville, Tennessee. He had studied law in Memphis, passed the bar and went to Nashville to practice. He had contracted cholera in the epidemic of 1833, and was told to move west. So he had moved to Arkansas, where it is rumored (and still debated) that he helped establish the township of Van Buren (named after Martin Van Buren, Vice President under Andrew Jackson, who would later succeed Jackson as President).
Bryan had scouted the area in 1839 and had decided to return. In November of 1841, one month before his 31st birthday, Bryan, accompanied by a Cherokee named Ned, a dog named Tubby and a horse called Neshoba, returned to the Three Forks area to stay. He came down from Coffee’s Station, a camp on the Red River, using the Republic of Texas approved route (Preston Road), which connected Austin to the Red River. He reached an 18-foot bluff overlooking the Trinity River. The edge of the river at that time flowed just west of the bluff where the Triple Underpass is today, in the flat area just west of Dealey Plaza. His first dugout was where Main St. starts under the Triple Underpass today (of course, the ground was then level with the railroad tracks and Grassy Knoll that are there today).
D in the Heart of Texas - Table of Contents
The Europeans and American Settlers (Part 2)
John Neely Bryan – And Other Early Founders (Part 2)
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