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January 26, 2020

40 Fascinating Pics Capture Street Scenes of Dallas, Texas in the Early 1980s

Dallas is a city in the U.S. state of Texas and the largest city and seat of Dallas County. It is the ninth most-populous city in the U.S. and third in Texas after Houston and San Antonio.

Located in North Texas, the city of Dallas is the main core of the largest metropolitan area in the Southern United States and the largest inland metropolitan area in the U.S. that lacks any navigable link to the sea. It is the most populous city in the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex, the fourth-largest.

Dominant sectors of its diverse economy include defense, financial services, information technology, telecommunications, and transportation. Dallas is home to 9 Fortune 500 companies within the city limits. Over 41 colleges and universities are located within its metropolitan area, which is the most of any metropolitan area in Texas.

The city has a population from a myriad of ethnic and religious backgrounds and one of the largest LGBT communities in the U.S. WalletHub named Dallas the fifth most-diverse city in the U.S.

These fascinating photos from Red Oak Kid were taken by Leta Patterson that show street scenes of Dallas from 1981 to 1984.

The Majestic Theatre before it was restored, circa early 1980s

Dallas High School (also known as Crozier Tech), circa early 1980s

Dallas skyline, circa early 1980s

West End, circa early 1980s

Building on the corner of Commerce and Polydras, 1981

Cathedral de Guadalupe, 1981

Commerce Street, 1981

Construction on South side of Commerce across from Adolphus Hotel and Magnolia Oil Building, 1981

Dallas Hilton Hotel, 1981

Harwood Center under construction, 1981

Humans walking on concrete sidewalks of Commerce Street, 1981

Joske's, Main at St. Paul, August 1981

Kirby Building, 1981

Lamar at Jackson Street, September 1981

Lamar Street building, 1981

Looking East on Pacific St. August 1981

Looking East on Pacific St. from Harwood. Blue Cross, Blue Shield building on right, 1981

Looking East on Pacific Street from Market Street, August 1981

Main Street, 1981

McDonalds on Commerce Street, 1981

Mel Rose Building, August 1981

Old Dallas City Jail building, 1981

Old Dreyfus Dept. Store building, Main at Ervay, 1981

Old main library on Commerce and part of the Dallas Hilton hotel, 1981

Old Republic Bank Building, 1981

Restoration on the exterior of the Adolphus Hotel, September 1981

T.V. Bar, Elm at Harwood, August 1981 

The Friendly Mercantile and Cokesbury Book Store on Main Street, 1981

The rear of the Majestic before it was restored, 1981

Tower Petroleum building and Joske's, 1981

Wilson Building, Main at Ervay, 1981

Elm St. just East of Harwood (Oasis Bar, Sam's Trading Post and Oscar Utay Loans), 1982

Good Luck Oil station, 2631 Ross Ave., 1982

Old Moorland YMCA, Flora Street and Boll, 1982

St. Paul United Methodist Church, Routh Street, 1982

Stewart's Office Furniture, 1982

Union Bankers, 1983

Bank of America under construction (GreneLefe Hotel on left), August 1984

Akard at Commerce Street, 1984

The Southwestern Bell Telephone Company building, 1984


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