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Dallas cityscape from just north of I-635 loop & Dallas North Tollway, 10-18-08

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Dallas cityscape from just north of I-635 loop & Dallas North Tollway, 10-18-08
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Image by skys the limit2
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Stunning view of Downtown Dallas cityscape with the Dallas Galleria business district in the foreground, located at the I-635 loop and the Dallas North Tollway in North Dallas, from 10-18-08. The image is taken approximately 15.5 miles due north of Downtown Dallas.

Even though this picture is now old and dates from October 2008, it still shows the muscle of Dallas with its bristling Downtown Dallas corridor, now the largest central business district in Texas.

Dallas' I-635 corridor between I-35E and Central Expressway has just started a .7 billion dollar major expansion that will transform LBJ Freeway (I-635) into a modern super highway by adding six additional lanes to the already significant expressway that it is, creating a 22-24 lane state-of-the-art super highway.

An official website for the "LBJ Express Project" exists that provides specifics along with an incredible aerial tour of what it will be like to drive on the new LBJ (I-635) Freeway.

The video quality is good enough to select full screen to get a better "experience" of driving the new expanded freeway:


The video starts out showing the enhancements to the Stemmons Freeway (I-35E) portion of the project south of LBJ I-635.

At approximately 1:00 minute into the video the transformation of the freeway is mind blowing - it shows the I-35E connection to I-635 and it is unbelievable how I-635 will be transformed.

Situated between the Dallas Galleria business district (in the foreground) and Downtown Dallas, but located very close to Downtown Dallas, is the burgeoning Dallas Medical District .

Two massive new hospitals are just now under construction in the Dallas Medical District (Parkland at 2.5 million square feet and St. Paul at 1.3 million square feet at an investment of .1 billion dollars), and obviously not shown in this older image since their construction just started ( www.flickr.com/photos/52949402@N03/5080230744/in/set-7215... ).

Among several additional construction projects currently underway in Downtown Dallas are the 0 million dollar almost 600 foot tall 42 story Museum Tower in the Arts District, the 5 million dollar 14 story Perot Museum of Nature and Science in the Victory Park District, the 40 story 5 million dollar Calatrava Bridge in the Trinity River Greenbelt Park, the 0 million dollar 1.2 million square foot 23 story Omni Hotel in the Convention Center District, the 0 million dollar 5.2 acre Woodall Rodgers Urban Park seamlessly linking the Uptown District with the Arts District, the 0 million dollar Dallas City Performance Hall in the Arts District, the 0 million dollar 23 story 1400 Hi Line apartment building in the Design District immediately across from the American Airlines Center, and the 5 million dollar major campus expansion for First Baptist Church near the Arts District ( www.flickr.com/photos/52949402@N03/5128988435/ ).

Obviously none of the above current construction projects are seen in the above photo and all will make significant contributions to the burgeoning Downtown Dallas skyline once completed.

Furthermore since this photo was taken in October of 2008 several additional skyscraper towers have been completed Downtown that are also not reflected in the image.

These include Park17 residential tower at 26 stories completed in 2010, 17Seventeen McKinney office tower at 19 stories completed in 2010, St. Ann Court office tower at 27 stories completed in 2010, One Victory Park office tower at 20 stories, the Glass House residential tower at 22 stories, and The Tower Residences at the Ritz Carlton at 23 stories - all completed in 2009.

All of these listed towers and projects, whether currently under construction or completed since the photo was taken, make or will make significant contributions to the burgeoning Downtown Dallas skyline.

All told as of late Fall 2010 a continuing building boom of over billion dollars in construction activity is occurring in Downtown Dallas or the near Downtown area.

The original image is credited to jczart of flickr and is located in my "Favorites" page; I did crop and adjust image colors and contrast for this posting.

John Nowland, "first" white child born in Ann Arbor, at the 1898 Log Cabin in the Fairgrounds that became Burns Park
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Image by Wystan

(Scanned from an original in possession of the Washtenaw County Historical Society)


In a mounted copy of this photo that I saw many years ago, the man in the rocking chair was labeled as "Uncle John" Nowland. His gravestone in Forest Hill Cemetery identifies Nowland, the son of pioneer settlers, as the first white person born in Ann Arbor (on June 13, 1826, two years after the founding of the Village). The claim was tarnished; Elisha Walker Rumsey Smith, the second child of carpenter Asa L. Smith, was born in Ann Arbor in 1824, but died in 1827. (The man whose name he bore, E. W. Rumsey, co-founder of Ann Arbor, also died that year.) Unfortunately, the Smith baby's brief existence appears to have been forgotten by locals until his mother (then a resident of Kalamazoo) was interviewed on the subject when she was 79 years old. John Nowland lived long enough to get his claim inscribed in stone:

Not only was he a genuine pioneer resident, Nowland also was a founding member and longtime officer of the Washtenaw County Agricultural Society, which observed its 50th anniversary in 1898 -- a celebration marked by the Pioneer Society's erection of a replica log cabin at the Fairgrounds on the southeast corner of town -- the area now known as Burns Park. This photo of "Uncle John" inside that cabin -- perhaps acting as a docent, or perhaps posing as just another historical relic in an exhibition of pioneer artifacts at the county fair -- was taken in either 1898 or 1899; he died in 1900 -- on May 28, before the fair was held that year. (Nowland was two weeks shy of 74 when he died.)

Prof. O. W. Stephenson, in his book "Ann Arbor, the First Hundred Years" (1927), tells us that the cabin was erected in August, 1898, under auspices of the Washtenaw County Pioneer Society, and dedicated on the 27th of the following month, during the annual fair. Above the entrance appeared the words, "Erected in Honor of the Pioneers of Washtenaw, 1898." (The Pioneer Society was the forerunner of the current Washtenaw County Historical Society.)

The Agricultural Society fizzled out during World War I; the Pioneer Society's relics got moved to storage in the old courthouse downtown, the fairgrounds became a city park, and before 1925, when Tappan (now Burns Park) school was erected, the cabin was moved from its location on the school site to the place where a brick shelter building now stands, near the corner of Baldwin and Wells streets, its entrance facing Wells. It became at first an ignominious storage shed for wagons, rakes, mowers, and other grounds-maintenance implements. When I was a kid in the 1950s, it was being used to store athletic equipment for summer recreation programs in the park. Basketballs, for example, could be borrowed there, and then dribbled over to the hoops that stood outside. The cabin was demolished in the mid-fifties, after its logs had become riddled with carpenter ants, and because it had become an attractive nuisance for mischievous boys, who easily climbed the smaller logs of the crumbling rustic chimney to play atop the roof. The chimney was then at the cabin's west end. Of course, this photograph shows but one end of the single interior room; the entrance would have been off to the right.

The names carved in the massive rafter logs are those of pioneers of Washtenaw, with the year dates of their arrival and the names of the townships in which they resided. These can't be all of them; I wonder if the names visible here might be those only of men and women whose families had donated to the building project. The rafter above the fireplace is emblazoned with the word "DIRECTORS" -- obscured in the photo by hanging herbs. When the cabin was torn down, the name logs were still in good shape, so they were stored for several decades in a building at the Ann Arbor Airport, until a use could be found for them. Unfortunately, that didn't happen, and rumor says that they were at last destroyed.

*****UPDATE: In 2009, I was informed that at least some of the rafter logs have survived and are now in storage in a building at Gallup Park!

Among names visible here are those of Philip Bach and Christian Mack, two German immigrants for whom schools were named (in recognition of their long service on the Ann Arbor School Board) and Joseph Dorr Baldwin, pomologist, who grew apples and other fruit on extensive acreage that included the parcel that became Burns Park.

I wonder if the ten photographic portraits in oval frames, visible at right in this photo, have survived in the Historical Society's collections?

If anyone knows of other photographs of the Burns Park cabin, I would love to see them.
Apparently this is the only interior photo in existence.

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