Over 80 folks mustered their pioneer spirit last Saturday to come hear pioneer settler stories inside three of Southlake's historic cemeteries. Thank you everyone who attended.
Special thanks to our volunteers for their love of Southlake history (and hard work): Mary Defelice, David Franklin, Henry Galpin, Roger Hays, Laura Hill, Dave Lieber, Bruce McGaha, Ken McMillan, Terri Messing, Pamela Muller, Warren Nadeau, Steve Oligmueller, Cynthia Pfledderer, Coy Quesenbury, Donn Renwick, Kelsey Sager, R. E. Smith, Roxann Taylor and John Tesch.
Thanks to the Lonesome Dove and White's Chapel Cemetery associations, Cherie Johnson and members of the Lonesome Dove Baptist Church, Tracy Christensen and members of the White's Chapel United Methodist Church, and Donn Renwick and members of the Abiding Grace Lutheran Church for their help and continued support. Thanks also to Starbucks at FM1709 and White's Chapel for donating hot coffee.
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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.
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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.