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Timelines of Events in Dallas History: 1940s


n.d.: Six-story North Texas Building converted into a hotel.

January: White Rock Lake completely freezes over for the first time.


n.d.: Dallas Centennial celebration held at Fair Park.

n.d.: Mexican Chamber of Commerce founded.

Fall: Seven-story Slaughter Building razed.


n.d.: C.C.C. camp at White Rock shut down; U.S. Army Fifth Ferrying Command begins operating a temporary "boot camp" at former C.C.C. campsite (until 1944).

Feb. 10: Electrical and Communications Building and adjoining Automobile Building at Fair Park destroyed by fire.


n.d.: Huge clock is placed at top of thirty-one-story Mercantile Bank Building, which is now the city's tallest.


Summer: Fletcher's Corny Dogs introduced at the Summer Midway. Cost: 15 cents. New Cotton Bowl Roller Rink opens.

December: More than 400 German P.O.W.s imprisoned at former C.C.C. and Army camp at White Rock Lake Park. Most volunteer to work at Fair Park, repairing army supplies.


n.d.: Dallas chosen to participate in Hambro Project, to promote British products in U.S.A.

June 13: New streamlined streetcars, painted red and cream, make debut on Dallas streets.

October: German P.O.W.s at White Rock camp repatriated.


n.d: "The Bonnie Barge," a floating dance hall, begins operating on White Rock Lake.


n.d.: Construction begins on Central Expressway.

n.d.: Margo Jones' "Theater '47" opens at Fair Park.


n.d.: KRLD becomes first licensed TV station in Dallas. WBAP also begins broadcasting this year.

Sept. 27: President Harry Truman appears at first racially-integrated political rally in Texas, at Rebel Field baseball stadium in Oak Cliff.


n.d.: City charter changed so that councilman with most votes becomes Mayor of Dallas.

n.d.: East side of Cotton Bowl "double-decked" to increase seating to 75,504 and new team dressing rooms built.

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