Deadly Dallas: A History of Unfortunate Incidents & Grisly Fatalities

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Spring of 1904. An inexperienced automobile driver jumps the curb and drives into the lobby of the St. George Hotel. The mayor orders a roundup of unlicensed dogs due to a citywide outbreak of rabies. An elevator crushes the head of a young man as he retrieves a half dollar he had dropped down the shaft. Embers from a wood-burning stove transform a sleeping house into a funeral pyre. A ten-year-old boy in City Park has a spike driven into his temple by a playmate with a fence picket. All this in just a few days. Rusty Williams catalogues the heartbreaking and bizarre forms in which death stalked Dallas at the turn of the twentieth century.
ISBN: 9781467148498
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Texas
Images: 46
Pages: 144
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Rusty Williams is an award-winning writer-historian who writes about history through the stories of the people who lived it. He is a former journalist who has written for the Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, San Antonio Express-News and the Associated Press. Rusty is the author of Red River Bridge War: A Texas-Oklahoma Border Battle (Texas A&M Press), My Old Confederate Home: A Respectable Place for Civil War Veterans (University Press of Kentucky), Historic Photos of Dallas in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s (Turner Publishing) and other books and articles about Texas and the Southwest. He speaks to clubs and organizations throughout the Southwest. Rusty lives in Dallas and can be reached at
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