Named for a Vice President
I always wondered where Dallas got its name. I somewhat associated it with the old radio soap "Stella Dallas" (which apparently was also a novel and a movie). But that was obviously wrong.
According to the Political Graveyard website, the name of Dallas came from George Mifflin Dallas (1792-1864) -- also known as George M. Dallas -- of Pennsylvania. In addition to the city of Dallas Texas, there are counties in Ark., Iowa, and Mo. named for him.
He was the son of Alexander James Dallas. Born in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pa., July 10, 1792. He was a Democrat and a lawyer who had a political career including being mayor of Philadelphia, Pa., 1829; U.S. District Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1829-31; U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania, 1831-33; Pennsylvania state attorney general, 1833-35; U.S. Minister to Russia, 1837-39; Great Britain, 1856-61.
The significant office that he held was Vice President of the United States, 1845-49 under James Polk.
He died in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pa., December 31, 1864. Interment at St. Peter's Churchyard, Philadelphia, Pa.
This seems pretty far removed from Dallas TX. It's a bit ironic that another Vice President who was actually FROM Texas was catapulted into the Presidency by an assassin's bullet that was fired in Dallas.
Scheduled throughout the day are various performances showcasing intertribal music and dance. There are Drummers and Singers, Choctaw flute player, Hoop dancers as well as traditional dances. Each performance is explained to the audience.
(American Indian Arts Festival)
Midnight movies at Landmark's Inwood Theatre.
This is a bit of shameless self-promotion here, as I work at the Inwood, but every Friday and Saturday night at midnight we show rare, old, cult, or just downright wacky films. We usually give away free movie tickets and a DVD of the featured film, and sometimes we have other prizes as well, like action figures, etc. Plus, there's a bar next door in case you want to get boozed up before a particularly strange film. Good stuff. A perennial favorite is Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The Inwood is located on Lovers Lane near Inwood Road.
This sculpture park was created to preserve a cemetery which had been initially for over 7000 freed slaves and African Americans. The cemetery was dedicated in 1869 but over the years the cemetery was destroyed completely but urban progress. All the graves and headstones were destroyed during all the construction of the railroad and redeveloping of streets and a lot was used as landfill back in the 1930’s and 1940’s.
Location : Corner of Lemmon Ave and Central Expressway (Hwy 75) in Dallas
Billy Bob's Texas
There are pool tables, slot machines, video and arcade games, a gift shop, an intimate bar/lounge and – are you ready for this? – a bull riding arena with live bulls on Friday and Saturdays at 9 and 10 p.m.. Oh, and there's room for 6,000 cowboys and cowgirls. Don't forget your hat.