In 1950 Dallas was a spirited Texas town of some regional importance; by 1980 it was an international city, one of the nation’s most populous, a center of trade, transportation, finance, pro sports, and popular culture.
Historic Photos of Dallas in the 50s, 60s, and 70s documents this amazing transformation with seldom-seen photographs of the period. Nearly 200 historic images show Dallas in the process of refashioning its skyline, its streets, its institutions, its public behavior, and its sense of self and worth. Historic Photos of Dallas in the 50s, 60s, and 70s blends striking black-and-white images with crisp commentary to chronicle moments of joy, pride, and anguish during these tumultuous decades.
This volume takes readers back to the not-so-long-ago Dallas of trolley buses, downtown movie theaters, and four-lane expressways, then shows how the city transcended its parochial beginnings to become one of the most dynamic American cities of the twentieth century.
About the Author
Rusty Williams, a third-generation Dallasite, is an author and historian who has seen his hometown grow from the plucky, black-land prairie town of “Big D (My, Oh, Yes!)” to the Dallas of Dallas.
He is the author of Scatterlings: Blair, Williams and Turner to Texas—1858 to 1873 (Aventine Press, 2003), a history of the settlement of two North Texas counties during the years of the Great Southern Migration, and My Old Confederate Home: A Respectable Place for Civil War Veterans (University Press of Kentucky, 2010), an institutional history of the Kentucky Confederate soldiers’ home.
Rusty’s first newswriting job was with the Frisco (Texas) Enterprise, when a trip to that now-sprawling suburb meant a drive through cotton fields on country roads. He has written for the Dallas News, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, San Antonio Express-News, and the Associated Press. He is a regular contributor to historical society magazines and Web sites, and speaks often to local groups on historical topics.