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 Dallas, Texas



Book Introduction

     Along the banks of the Trinity River is the city of Dallas, a cultured and sophisticated East Texas metropolis infused with a wild-west flavor, a revitalized downtown, fabulous shopping, acclaimed restaurants, renowned museums, galleries and hot night spots. The ninth largest city in the country, Dallas, Texas is steeped in southwestern American history.

     The history of Dallas began modestly in 1842 with permanent settlers living in two log cabins on the banks of the Trinity River. In 1872, the railroad came to town and changed the future of the city forever. By the time this new mode of travel reached its Golden Age in the 1920's, Dallas was the undisputed center of commerce in the Southwest.

     Although America was in the middle of the Great Depression by 1930, oil was gushing out of the ground one-hundred miles from Dallas, and the city soon became the regional financial center for the oil fields of Texas, Oklahoma and the Gulf Coast.

     Dallas was on a roll, and in 1935, the bustling city was chosen to host The Texas Centennial, the 100th birthday party of Texas’ independence from Mexico. The city hosted the celebration in grand style -- artisans and craftsmen came from all over the country to design and construct more than fifty buildings in Fair Park just for the occasion. Ten million visitors came to see the $25-million spectacle; it was a grand success.

     Today Fair Park is a unique 336-acre entertainment and cultural complex where many of the original Art Deco buildings house the city’s finest museums and cultural venues.

     As a 21st-century city, Dallas has become a leader in the aviation industry and is fast becoming the Texas version of Silicon Valley. Many Fortune 500 companies are headquartered here.

     In contrast to its metropolitan flair, Dallas' wild-west side is especially prevalent when the Texas Stampede Rodeo comes to town or when the Dallas Cowboys are dominating on the gridiron.

     Progressive and constantly evolving, this East Texas city has a rich ethnic heritage and is especially proud of its Native American and Latino cultures. For Dallas, the future is bright.

     Through the lens of photographer and Dallas native Peter Calvin, this prominent city's dauntless spirit is captured through an extensive collection of beautiful images that prove Dallas is truly the shining star of Texas.


The Dallas Cowboys home games play to sell-out crowds of over 65,000 in a modern open-air facility with a covered seating area. The stadium hosts big-name concerts, festivals, Supercross, as well as high school and college football.


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