In Buildings & Markers, learn about the 1919 Carroll School, where 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 state troopers killed at Dove Road and Texas 114 by Bonnie and Clyde and/or a member of their gang.
Take a look around. Thanks for stopping by!
Connie Cooley, president, Southlake Historical Society
P.S. You can contact us at boardmember @southlakehistory.org.
For the first time, the Southlake Historical Society participated in this year's online-giving event, North Texas Giving Day which just announced a whopping $39 million benefitting 2,723 non-profits in North Texas.
Our donations totaled $665. Fifty percent will be given to the American Red Cross. The balance will go toward the society's continuing educational and entertaining programs. Thank you to all who donated! You help keep Southlake history alive.
Join in the re-dedication of Frank Cornish Park at 9 a.m. in Town Square followed by food and festivities. Join SHS members from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in our tent and learn more about the history of Southlake.
Coming up in November:
4th annual "Ghosts of Southlake Past" Cemetery Tour
Saturday, 6:30 p.m. on November 4 at Lonesome Dove Cemetery, 2380 Lonesome Dove Rd.
Back by popular demand! Circle your calendar now for this fall event that takes you back to the settling of Southlake.
Hope Denton County and Southlake history came alive for you in our summer exhibit, SHARED STORIES: DENTON COUNTY, SOUTHLAKE AND THE WILD WEST, 1840-1870.
The exhibit -- which showed the area through the eyes of a cattle baron, itinerant preacher, former slaves, frontier women who held religion dear, a train robber, judge, and Indian chief -- will be on display in the new Denton County sub-courthouse in Flower Mound. Check back for dates and times.
We're already planning our Summer 2018 exhibit that will tell the stories of area men who fought and died in World War 1.
Don't miss "From Cowboy to Doughboy: North Texas Mobilizes for the Great War," a free exhibit running until Oct. 19 at the Fort Worth Central Library, 500 W. Third St., downtown. Visit the exhibit anytime the library is open.
Discover how the Great War impacted Fort Worth and Tarrant County, helping to make Fort Worth a top Texas city.
The exhibit tells interesting stories about doughboys and aviators, Chocktaw code-talkers, African Americans, Mexican Americans and German Americans.
Learn how an Army training camp was built in a few months and how the Fort Worth Stockyards became the largest livestock market in the world.
The exhibit includes artifacts and a life-size painting of a WWI "Jenny" airplane.
WWI movies and lectures will be held throughout the exhibit. Learn more at North Texas WWI Centennial on Facebook or at www.northtexasworldwar1centennial.org
PICTURED: Doughboy Clint Torian, 1918, standing next to the Torian cabin, which originally was near the corner of Dove and Lonesome Dove roads in now-Southlake. In 1976, the cabin was moved to Main Street in Grapevine.
Walnut Grove, Carroll ISD's newest elementary school, was named after the school Bob Jones, born a slave, built in about 1920 for his grandchildren because they could not attend all-white schools. It sat on what's now Bob Jones Road. A descendant of Bob Jones praised the new school as "a redemptive moment in public education."
Bad guys Bonnie and Clyde or a member of their gang gunned down two state troopers on Easter Sunday 1934 at Dove Road and 114. One trooper was engaged; his fiancée wore her wedding outfit to his funeral.
The captivating name Lonesome Dove originated nearly 150 years before Larry McMurtry wrote his book. It’s said the lonesome call of a dove reminded founders of Lonesome Dove Baptist Church of their own feelings of isolation.
For being the first Carroll School and the place where the city of Southlake was born, "This Place Matters." In front of the 1919 Carroll School are Connie Cooley and Anita Robeson of the SHS. "This Place Matters" spotlights places of significance to a community; see preservationnation.org.
Hi, I'm Bonnet, and I live at Southlake's log house. I’m on lots of the colorful signs out there, helping kids learn about pioneer life. I also chase rabbits and fetch sticks. Come see me. I'll be watchin' for you!
What is thought to be the first integrated café in Texas was run by Eula Jones and Elnora Jones at their husbands' livestock sales barn from 1949 into the ‘70s. Black truckers and white ranchers and farmers sat side-by-side in the tiny cafe to eat chili, stew and red beans. The site is near White's Chapel Boulevard and Texas 114.
The thrilling history of Dragon football as told by Todd Dodge and Bob Ledbetter, with an assist from Dragon Council members Gene Stanford and Phil Barber, is on DVD at the Southlake Library. Included is footage of early Dragons in action.
Suzanne Eubanks liked to pick quirky names for pets, so her dad the mayor jokingly asked her what she would name the new town. How about a “geography name,” she said, like Westvine, Easler, Northeul, Southton or Southlake. Southlake was chosen over suggestions that included Blossom Prairie.
The water tower at Dove Road and White’s Chapel in Southlake, constructed in 1986, was the first of its kind built in the U.S. The style, a steel tank supported by a concrete pedestal, became the prototype for about 80 percent of the large water-storage tanks built in the U.S.
In 1919, District No. 99 was given the name Carroll after B. Carroll, the county school superintendent. No. 98 had been named a year or two before for the previous superintendent, G.T. Bludworth. The Southlake Bludworth Dragons? We came close.
Malinda Frost Dwight (later Hill) was at Parker’s Fort in 1836 when Cynthia Ann Parker was taken by Comanches. Malinda, 16, her husband, baby daughter, mother and others escaped; her father and brother were killed. Malinda died in 1870 and is buried at Lonesome Dove Cemetery. Jack Cook, her great-great grandson, is pictured next to her tombstone.