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Progress takes its toll on city buildings - and our memories

Dr. Pepper National Headquarters in 1957
Dr. Pepper National Headquarters in 1957
From the Wagner family vintage postcard collection

The growing need for transportation routes that could handle the burgeoning population of the 20th century in the Dallas-Fort Worth area has taken its toll on neighborhoods and businesses that stand in the path of progress. Railroads and complex highway interchanges required broad swaths of land to build the lines of transportation from one point to the next and wherever they crisscrossed the landscape.

The building of major transportation routes brought both prosperity and poverty along the way, but either way, they always brought change. Thriving businesses which sat snug against old routes were torn down to facilitate expansion in the hope of speeding progress along with the traffic.

Just a few of the more notable changes that come to mind for the Dallas-Fort Worth area:

• Dallas Cowboys Stadium along Loop 12 and Highway 114 in Irving – demolished in April 2010 – because the Dallas Cowboys moved on to greener pastures.

• The Dr. Pepper National Headquarters building at Greenville and Mockingbird ceased to serve as the company’s headquarters in 1988. Efforts failed at getting it national historic site status, and it was razed in 1997, partly due to the expansion of Central Expressway.

• The Bank One Tower in downtown Fort Worth – heavily damaged by a tornado on March 28, 2000 – demolished in 2013.

For more information on buildings that once graced Dallas streets and skylines, check out Mark Doty’s Lost Dallas from the Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America series.

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