Century-Old Honey Springs
Bitten by Improvement Bug
Honey Springs has awakened.
- May 22, 1945, Dallas
Morning News, Sec. I, p. 11, col. 1-2.
On this site in 1844, a train of
covered wagons stopped one autumn evening. To the road-weary
travelers, the place seemed a good one to settle in . In the
group was William Perry Overton, a young Virginian. He was destined
to become one of the builders of Dallas.
Overton erected a log cabin near
a spring. The Durhams built another one at another spring nearby.
In an oak thicket, the Hurt family put up their home of logs.
Friendly Indians told the settlers
about hollow trees in the neighborhood, the abode of bees and
abounding in honey. The two springs and the plentiful supply
of honey from the trees gave the settlement its name -- Honey
Springs. Tradition has it that the early denizens of the locality
made buffalo meat and honey two important staples of their diet.
Now, more than 100 years later,
Mayor James Richardson has announced a bond election to build
a town hall will be held in late August. He said everybody in
the community is tired of having the council meet in a garage--they
want a city hall.
Mayor Richardson said the new town
hall will be a $10,000 brick building erected near Overton and
Bonnie View Roads. Plans are being drawn for the structure, which
will be on the general style of the Fruitdale community house
about a mile south on Vandervoort Road near Linfield Road.
Fruitdale and Honey Springs are
sister cities, both having been incorporated in 1937.
Among the early settlers was Judge
R. M. Hurt, for many years a member of the Court of Criminal
Appeals of Texas. His grandson, E. D. Hurt, Dallas attorney,
East Tenth, attended a one-room school in Honey Springs more
than forty years ago.
New homes are planned for Honey
Springs. Some already are being built. The newly elected City
Council, in office but a few weeks, is outlining a program of
civic improvement for the next two years.
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