Rockwall, Texas (Images of America Series)

Overview


Rockwall owes its name to a unique underground formation discovered by three men digging a well. In 1852, Terry Utley Wade, Benjamin Boydstun, and William Clay Stevenson exposed what they termed a "rock wall." When a city name was needed in 1854, Rockwall was chosen. In the 1880s, the railroad's arrival had a significant impact on the area and ushered in cotton as the main cash crop. Throughout the 1940s and 1950s, Rockwall was the epitome of small-town Texas: Yellow Jacket football on Friday nights, movies at ...
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Overview


Rockwall owes its name to a unique underground formation discovered by three men digging a well. In 1852, Terry Utley Wade, Benjamin Boydstun, and William Clay Stevenson exposed what they termed a "rock wall." When a city name was needed in 1854, Rockwall was chosen. In the 1880s, the railroad's arrival had a significant impact on the area and ushered in cotton as the main cash crop. Throughout the 1940s and 1950s, Rockwall was the epitome of small-town Texas: Yellow Jacket football on Friday nights, movies at the Ritz theatre on the square, lunch at the Mecca Café, milk shakes at Cunningham's Drugstore, and watching television through the front window of Payne's Appliances. Resting on the banks of Lake Ray Hubbard and sitting in Dallas's shadow, Rockwall is faced with the unique challenge of balancing rapid growth while maintaining its historic charm.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738558585
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
  • Publication date: 4/27/2009
  • Series: Images of America Series
  • Pages: 127
  • Sales rank: 1,379,199
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author


Sheri Stodghill Fowler is a writer, historian, and preservation activist. Seven generations of her family have called Rockwall home. Over 180 photographs have been assembled from private family collections, the files of the Rockwall Success, and the archives of the Rockwall County Historical Foundation.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6

Introduction 7

1 Early Settlement and the Arrival of the Railroad: 1840-1900 9

2 Cotton is King in Rockwall's Agrarian-Based Economy: 1900-1945 27

3 The Fabulous 1950s and the Decline of King Cotton: 1945-1965 79

4 Construction of Lake Ray Hubbard and the Economic Shift to Suburbia: 1965 to Present 107

About the Rockwall County Historical Foundation 127

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