Did you know that Town Square was designed by the same architect who did the Rangers’ ballpark in Arlington, downtown Fort Worth and Bass Hall? His name is David M. Schwarz, and a documentary about him called “Street Smarts: Architect David M. Schwarz” aired March 20 on KERA. The Southlake Historical Society provided photos of the Fechtel farm, where Town Square is located.
View the show here.
We also received a call recenty from PBS’ American Experience, which is putting together a program about “the victims of Bonnie and Clyde.” We gave info about the killings and photographs. The show will air this fall or spring 2016.
Read more about the building of Town Square and bad guys Bonnie and Clyde. Simply click on History of Southlake at the top of the screen.
Pull up a chair and come on in! Whether you are an old-timer or a newcomer, living in Southlake is a much richer experience when you know its history. From the pioneering Lonesome Dove Baptist Church (where do you think Larry McMurtry got the name?) to the mid-20th-century roots of our city to Dragon football tradition, there is much in Southlake for you and your family to learn about and be proud of.
Start your journey by watching the Photo Slideshow above and taking the Magical History Tour. Explore the History of Southlake (under Area West of Grapevine, see a map that shows where stills, beer joints and a dog track were located) and the more than 300 photos in the Photo & Video Gallery.
In Buildings & Markers, learn about the 1919 Carroll School, where both Carroll ISD and the city of Southlake were born; Southlake’s log house, built of logs cut about the time Lincoln was president; and the 10 historical markers in town, including one that commemorates the two state troopers killed at Dove Road and Texas 114 by Bonnie and Clyde or a member of their gang.
And while you’re at it – do you have a story to tell about your life, or your family’s, in Southlake? Click Tell Us Your Story and simply type in your remembrances. Also, let us know if you have photos of interest, and we can arrange to scan them.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’re glad you stopped by. As the pioneers said when offering hospitality: The latchstring is always out.
Connie Cooley, President, Southake Historical Society
P.S. Dragon football fans, you know the slogan Protect the Tradition. Once you get to know Southlake's history and how it gives our city a deeply felt "sense of place," we hope you'll also cheer for our slogan, Preserve the Tradition.