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June 27, 2003
Once you set foot into this district, you will notice you have been transported back into the 1800’s. An admirable early-day business district that has been revived and restored with shops, push-cart traders, restaurants, nightlife clubs, museums and inspirational events all immersed with modern day technologies.
In the early 1800’s, the founder of Dallas, John Neely Bryan made a deal with the Caddo Indians for some land that was located near the Trinity River. As soon as John purchased this land from the Indians, he established a Trading Post, which is not far from where the West End Historic District now sits.
In 1872, Houston & Texas Central Railroad brought many vested interests into this area. Because of its growing economy, it brought many various businesses, such as::
Thus became the flourishing city of Dallas.
One of the most fascinating things to set your sights on in this district is the 1892 red sandstone courthouse, which is commonly known as "Old Red." It is considered one of Dallas’ oldest buildings, which is located at Main and Houston Street. Back in the late 1800’s, the courthouse’s purpose served as the main center of government issues.
We also enjoyed the taking a relaxing carriage ride in the West End District. This is a must do for someone who wants to see it all, yet not have to walk it all. If you’re lucky enough, you will get a very informative guide who will tell you some interesting sought after details about Dallas’ West End Historic District. Such a learning experience!
All in all, our experience at Dallas’ West End Historic District was fascinatingly interesting, and unique. We spent about half of a day here at the West End District and the other half at The Sixth Floor. Please allow yourself a "full" day to enjoy all of Dallas’ wonderful historic sights-West End Historic District, West End Marketplace, Wilson Historic District Walking Tour, and the John F. Kennedy Memorial (The Sixth Floor). If I had to do it all over again, I would visit the John F. Kennedy Memorial first because of its somberness. It leaves you with such sad feelings. Not a good way to end your day with. Just my humble opinion, of course.
For more information on the Dallas West End Historic District, please visit their Website.
Enclosed pictures are from Dallas West End Historic District’s website.
From journal Dallas' Charismatic Personality
November 18, 2001
From Johnny Rockets' grease-laden burgers to elegant dining at The Palm, you can find what you need in the West End. Sit and listen to the nightly live music played from the loading dock of an old warehouse, then wind up the evening with a horse drawn carriage ride around downtown.
From journal Dallas - The Wild New West
April 28, 2001
The West End is a historic warehouse district that has been restored and converted into one of Dallas' most popular attractions. It has several square blocks of museums, restaurants, shopping, bars, clubs, and cafes.
The West End is in downtown Dallas, and is (approximately) bordered by Main Street to the south, Woodall Rogers Freeway to the north, Field Street to the east, and Record Street to the west. Market Street runs north/south between Field and Record streets through the heart of the West End, and dead ends at Dallas Alley and the West End Marketplace (see other journal entry).
Although the buildings are warehouses converted into restaurants and nightclubs, they have preserved the history of some of the buildings, which date back to the 1900's.
The West End is a popular place for tourists and for locals to take visitors from out of town. It is colorful, has a lot of energy, and there is something for everyone. There are all types of restaurants, bars, cafes, and night clubs in the West End. Horse-drawn carriage rides are very popular.
To find the West End, go downtown and follow the signs, and at night, look for the neon lights of the West End. From north of downtown, take the Dallas Tollway (by far the best way to drive north or south through Dallas) until it ends, and after the tollbooth, stay left, go through one light, and follow the signs to the right.
The West End is a block away from the JFK 6th Floor Museum. Also near downtown are lower Greenville Avenue and McKinney Avenue.
From journal Things to see in Dallas