A Secret Place
Not for any other reason other than this looked just the cutiest little prayer chapel that is open 24 hours a day and just stands all by itself in the middle of a large block of land. This has to be the smallest chapel out of Mesquites some 70 churches. Quite a private little place you can usually have all to yourself if you need it.
Site of Old Mayor of Mesquites Homestead
Well this may look like the Saltgrass Steakhouse and of course it is but originally it was the Galloway Farmstead site. Benjamin Franklin Galloway and his wife came to Texas from Tennesee with their son and built a cabin on this site while a 2 bedroom house was being built. There was another son, then twin sons which only lived a day. His wife died soon after. Galloway later remarried and built another 1 ½ stories to the house. They had a son who died at birth. His first son Bedford married twice and had children and was very active on the school board as well as serving as mayor of Mesquite from 1927 to 1940. One of the Galloway descendants restored the house and added another addition. The house was later moved to a more rural site in Sunnyvale and designated a Texas Historic Landmark.
On the other hand... Saltgrass is one of Texas' original restaurants that you may want to try.
The earliest known burial was in 1863 of Penelope Motley McLain a daughter and wife of Capt J.B. McLain. There are twenty five known graves which include family members of Motley and their slaves.
The Motley’s were one of the founding families of Mesquite, they owned thousands of acres in east Dallas county. Their old homestead on this land burned to the ground and the land was sold to Dallas County for their use for the construction of Eastfield Community College. The Motley descendants still maintain this cemetery.
Westlake Skate Center
Westlake Skate Center is an indoor roller skating rink with morning, afternoon, and evening skate sessions. Not exactly a must see/do activity but the Rollerskate advertisement that sits outside was novel.
A Working Farm
Right now the decision is being made to either use the property again for a working farm and park to educate city children on life on a farm and Texas history. The new park would also include an equestrian centre.
The other suggestion is to turn a chunk of the farm into more soccer fields - and really, Mesquite has more than enough of them.
Opal Lawrence Historical Park
The Opal Lawrence Historical Park is a Recorded Texas Historical Landmark Stephen Decatur Lawrence and Fannie Coats Lawrence began building the Lawrence house in 1874, when he completed three rooms. In 1882 an additional 14 rooms were added. Between 1886-1900, the kitchen and tower (belvedere) were added. Opal Lawrence died in 1995 and her last will and testament gave the City of Mesquite the house and two acres. The City then purchased an additional 11 acres to include the barn and outbuildings.
The Historic Society is currently having renovation work carried out on the buildings and the interior is not open for tours. However, weddings have been held within the grounds.
The Florence Ranch Homestead
The Florence Ranch Homestead is a recorded Texas Historic Landmark. David and Julia Savannah Florence built the first portion of this ranch house in 1871-72. It is a simple frame structure with an elaborate wood trim which decorates the gallery. The house was enlarged by the 1890’s, when the Florence Homestead at that time covered 730 acres. After Florence retired in 1908, his son Emet and Emet’s wife perle continued to run the ranch, known as Meadow View Farm. The homestead was donated to the cit in 1987.
The homestead has some very original pieces in it including an old piano which was the first piano in Mesquite and was brought to the city by horse and cart. In the kitchen there was a covered inground well for lowering the bucket down into for fresh water.
McWhorter Greenhaw – formerly a hardware store which began in 1943 on the town square. The store has now been turned into an Antique, Collectibles and Music Museum. The Museum part (such as it is), is all about the Light Crust Doughboys (who?) Apparently they helped develop what is (along with Tejano) one of Texas' only original genres of music, and 68 years later, this six-man band lays claim to being the 'world's longest-running Western swing band. The Doughboys still perform today and were named by the 74th legislature as the official music ambassadors of the state of Texas. I however, found the rest of the store more interesting with its old bits and pieces. Three ladies were also there with their canvasses and paint brushes creating new masterpieces to sell. (I believe they have closed now or moved).
Park - Winter view
Winter view - after the only day of snow. This four-acre lake was stocked with 1300 channel catfish in October 2000 for a special event called Kidfish.
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