From the Archives: Investigating Deep Ellum and the Texas Electric Railway

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.