There turns out to be a significant connection between the scope of our museum, the history of Woodlake, and the history of Texans celebrating Independence Day!
Our model train has been operational for about 20 years, quite a long time for such a hard-working machine. It has lasted this long because someone was looking out for it. Meet Jack, Model Train Maintenance Man!
A building doesn't always have to be 100 years old to be worth remembering. And sometimes, the best memories are the little ones.
When you think of Deep Ellum, what do you think of? These days, most people would probably think of small concert venues, pricey hipster boutiques, or even Serious Pizza and Bobaddiction. Maybe a few of you are envisioning Deep Ellum in the 1920s, a neighborhood with gritty saloons and dusty railroad tracks. Or maybe, just maybe, you thought about music giants like Leadbelly and Blind Lemon, and the blues. Starting around the turn of the 20th century, Deep Ellum became known the soul of Dallas—the center of culture, and a ride on a Texas Electric Railway interurban could get you there. In this blog, I investigate the history of Deep Ellum, the Texas Electric Railway, and how the two were intertwined.
Old buildings may have gone through some changes over time. They are often more than meets the eye. The Plano National Bank/IOOF Lodge is a building whose current appearance belies a longer history, and its history will be ready for display on our Railway Model!
On April 13th, 2020, we received an email from Nicky Emery, a historian researching the story behind a disastrous photograph. Come along with us as we help investigate the 1938 wreck of Texas Electric Railway Car #306!
In 1945, employees of the Texas Electric Railway Company held a strike in Dallas for better wages and working conditions.
The building at 1414 J. Street has housed both the Moore House Hotel and the Plano Masonic Lodge. It has been a city icon for over a century, and it is now being immortalized on our Railway Model!
Meet Volunteer Motorman Tom Petr and learn about his search for the monument that honored Col. J F Strickland, founder of Texas Electric Railway.
Random bits of information, from Johnnie J. Myers research notes, come off the archives shelf and into your home in this story about a 1914 interurban crash at the former Wood Lake summer retreat.