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Garland (Dallas County)

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The early community of Embree, a station on the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway, and Duck Creek, a stop on the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railway, consolidated around the Santa Fe depot (GF14) in 1887 to form Garland. According to the WPA Guide to Texas, by 1940, many residents already were commuting fifteen miles to work in Dallas. Garland now is connected to downtown Dallas by the DART system that follows the line of the MKT tracks north of the historic downtown. Notable buildings are the two-story Mission-influenced brick Tom Brown Building (1917) at 614 Main and the Art Deco–styled Plaza Theater (1950, Jack Corgan) at 521 W. State, which dominates its corner with a neon-edged red and green cylindrical tower.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.

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