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Rockwall owes its name to a unique underground formation discovered by three men digging a well. In 1852, Terry Utley Wade, Benjamin Boydstun, and William Clay Stevenson exposed what they termed a "rock wall." When a city name was needed in 1854, Rockwall was chosen. In the 1880s, the railroad's arrival had a significant impact on the area and ushered in cotton as the main cash crop. Throughout the 1940s and 1950s, Rockwall was the epitome of small-town Texas: Yellow Jacket football on Friday nights, movies at the Ritz theatre on the square, lunch at the Mecca Café, milk shakes at Cunningham's Drugstore, and watching television through the front window of Payne's Appliances. Resting on the banks of Lake Ray Hubbard and sitting in Dallas's shadow, Rockwall is faced with the unique challenge of balancing rapid growth while maintaining its historic charm.
ISBN: 9780738558585
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Texas
Series: Images of America
Images: 186
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Sheri Stodghill Fowler is a writer, historian, and preservation activist. Seven generations of her family have called Rockwall home. Over 180 photographs have been assembled from private family collections, the files of the Rockwall Success, and the archives of the Rockwall County Historical Foundation.
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