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History of the Dallas City Park

The area which is now the Dallas City Park was first used by the Indians as a meeting place and camp grounds. It was also used at one time by the cavalry as a camp ground. The site of the John Wick residence on Levens street and Jack Hayes property was the camp of the site of the commander.  When Mr. Hayes cut down an old oak tree he found a button from the desk of the commander imbedded in the tree. By counting the rings, it appeared it had been left there in 1867. The cavalry went through Dallas every year camping in the park area for two or three days and then moving on. An Indian arrowhead was found here in the 1970s.

The early pioneers used this area as a picnic ground and meeting place. One can read of Fourth of July parades going through town to the “Old Camp Ground”. A program and business meeting would be held and a sumptuous picnic dinner followed. The original park area was pretty much the same as the old park. Later on there was a bandstand and a lot of activity in the summer time. There was a bandstand also.

John E. Lyle (1815-1862) purchased the Squatter Rights to the property, held by Mitchell Gilliam. The ground was sold to the city by John’s widow, Ellen Lyle, June 5, 1884 for $350, with the deed stating the Christian Church had the right to hold religious services and there would be no intoxicating beverages sold on the premises. The original property had a board fence around it. History of the Dallas City Park
The area which is now the Dallas City Park was first used by the Indians as a meeting place and camp grounds. It was also used at one time by the cavalry as a camp ground. The site of the John Wick residence on Levens street and Jack Hayes property was the camp of the site of the commander. When Mr. Hayes cut down an old oak tree he found a button from the desk of the commander imbedded in the tree. By counting the rings, it appeared it had been left there in 1867. The cavalry went through Dallas every year camping in the park area for two or three days and then moving on. An Indian arrowhead was found here in the 1970s.
The early pioneers used this area as a picnic ground and meeting place. One can read of Fourth of July parades going through town to the “Old Camp Ground”. A program and business meeting would be held and a sumptuous picnic dinner followed. The original park area was pretty much the same as the old park. Later on there was a bandstand and a lot of activity in the summer time. There was a bandstand also.
John E. Lyle (1815-1862) purchased the Squatter Rights to the property, held by Mitchell Gilliam. The ground was sold to the city by John’s widow, Ellen Lyle, June 5, 1884 for $350, with the deed stating the Christian Church had the right to hold religious services and there would be no intoxicating beverages sold on the premises. The original property had a board fence around it.