Dallas Heights, Dallas County, Texas

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Updated October 3, 2001






Where The Times-Herald Trinity
Navigation Expedition
Last Summer.


Succumbed to Driftwood, Snakes
and Fever, and Tied Up
For a While.


Fifteen Miles or More From
the City -- A Brief


Of the Transaction -- A Local
Real Estate Dealer on the
Propriety of Schemes.

     "Dallas Heights" is a high sounding name. But "what's in a name?" It is a misnomer in relation to "Dallas Heights," as appears below.
     Yesterday, there was filed for record in the county clerk's office, a plat of "Dallas Heights," which is nothing more nor less than a block of 320 acres of Trinity swamp land, located about fifteen miles southeast of the city and subdivided into about 4,500 lots. Thus, it will be seen that the "Heights" have no connection with Dallas, and as for the altitude implied in the high sounding name, they, in fact, sink into low lands, into the marshes and swamps of the Trinity bottom, where breeds the festive mosquito, bull frogs, tadpoles, reptiles and other pests, and where malaria is thick enough to cut with a knife. The property lies opposite Bois d'arc island, which was extensively and graphically described by the TIMES-HERALD'S Trinity river exploring expedition, which was sent out about a year ago.
     The plat of this new city of the swamp was filed by one Mr. Samuel Saulson, who hails from Waco, but whose home is said to be in New York. An effort was made to find Mr. Saulson, in order to learn something of the nature of his enterprise, but he was not in the city. He operates with a gentleman who passes as his brother. Sometime ago, the two came to Dallas looking for land. They expressed a desire for Trinity bottom land, and they got it. But, it appears that there were some little irregularities connected with the transaction, which should not be passed unnoticed. The tract, which has been sub-divided into lots, was the property of the Buckner Orphans' Home, having passed to the Home by deed of gift from Miss Eliza McCoy. The real purchase price of the land was $400, but on the public records, the consideration appears as $4000, a cypher being added in the deed, it seems, with ink of a different color from that first used, and the "four thousand" having much the appearance of having been erased and the word "thousand" written over the erasure, where "hundred" originally was, after it passed from the hands of the grantors, and before it was recorded.
     So, it will be seen that whatever may be the motives of those behind the enterprise, these facts, which can be substantiated, are a reflection warranting a searching investigation in case the "Heights" are offered for sale to innocent purchasers as town lots.
     There are schemes and schemes. It would be a very easy matter to represent these "lots" as at the head of Trinity navigation, where, in flaming and attractive type, it would be proclaimed the future Dallas would be built. Possibly, its advantages as a rural retreat from the heat and dust of the busy city, where the limpid waters of the sparkling Trinity would be music to the tired city-worn brain at night, where the flowers are ever in bloom, shedding nature's sweet perfume and spreading fragrant aroma around every man's castle; all these things which tickle the ear and please the fancy, could be used to catch the unwary. Or else, the imaginative brain of the speculator might picture it as a manufacturing suburb, a place where great and substantial values would soon be built up. These fictitious advantages, especially if pictured with the sure doubling and trebling of the investment, would bring the projector many dollars from people who have heard much of the city of Dallas and its bright future, but who, in reality, know but little about it. Such schemes have been worked near and in other cities, and they are always damaging to the city, which is so unfortunate as to be inflicted with them.
     They come with growth and prosperity and greatness, as an evidence of which, however, they are altogether undesirable.
     A T
IMES-HERALD reporter asked a prominent real estate dealer what he thought of "Dallas Heights" as a town site.
     "Now, how in the h---l," he broke out, "did you fellers get on to that? A man can't do anything around this town without everybody knowing it."
     In his usual good natured and off-handed way, he proceeded: "I think just like this: If these people want to go out there and buy property and cut it up into town lots and offer it for sale, they will find plenty of suckers to bite, and I think they have as much right to do it as other people who have gone away outside of the city and sold acre property in lots. It is done all over Colorado, and in Florida and other large cities. If people are d---n fools enough to buy lots that way, it is their own business."
     The next thing on record will probably be an air line railroad to "Dallas Heights."

- June 13, 1891, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 1, col. 5-6.
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Proceedings of the Courts.

     Samuel Saulson to Clarence Jenkins, lots 1 and 2, block 91, Dallas Heights, $1 and other valuable considerations.

- June 15, 1891, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 3, col. 2.
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Dr. Buckner Investigates the
Record on the Deal.

     Dr. R. C. Buckner was in the city yesterday, looking into the records in the matter of "Dallas Heights," a land-speculating scheme, which the TIMES-HERALD exposed last Saturday. Dr. Buckner says he sold the tract of 320 acres to Mr. Saulson and associates for $400. He looked at the records yesterday and found the consideration named there, $4000, which, he says, is just $3600 more than he received for the land. The original deed was not in the office, but a number of affidavits to the fact that an erasure appeared to have been made and filled in, in the consideration clause, can be obtained. A gentleman in the clerk's office stated that he would be willing to furnish an affidavit to that effect. This, considered in connection with the fact that Dr. Buckner was given a deed to sign, showing a consideration of "one dollar and other valuable consideration," which deed he refused to sign, but in its place filled out and signed the deed for the true consideration of $400, shows that the desire was to keep from the public the price actually paid for the land.
     But for the well-known, unimpeachable integrity of the doctor, he would be placed in a bad light when he submits his annual report of the management of the orphan's home to the board of directors. He had no idea of the intentions or designs of the parties who purchased the property, otherwise, he would have had no dealings with them.
     Lots in "Dallas Heights" are going, a member of the recording force in the county clerk's office being the happy possessor of three for "one dollar and other valuable considerations." Other transfers are published as follows:
     Samuel Saulson to C. W. Kieferstin, lots 12,13,14,15, 16 and 17, block 96, Dallas Heights, $10,000.
     Samuel Saulson to R. G. Hearsey, lots 8 and 9, block 91, Dallas Heights, $200.
     The company handling the lots have issued attractive flyers showing illustrations of fine buildings and immense factories proposed for "Dallas Heights."
     Nevertheless, the fact remains that this imaginary city is located on the low lands of the Trinity river and Hickory creek, between seventeen and fifteen miles from the city of Dallas. It is the boldest and most groundless speculating scheme ever set on foot in this pat of the world.

- June 18, 1891, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 4, col. 3.
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Real Estate Transfers.

     Samuel Saulson to Chas. J. Schiff of New York, one-fourth interest in 95 blocks in "Dallas Heights." [price not given]
     Samuel Saulson to Max Nathanson of Providence, R. I., one-fourth interest in 95 blocks in "Dallas Heights," $1.

- July 22, 1891, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 1, col. 5.
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