The History of West Dallas Timeline will guide you through West Dallas’ history, from environmental injustice t to the housing crisis faced throughout their history. In each event, you will find information from books, articles, and news sources along with a video or podcast diving deeper into the topic. The history below, compiled by Cristal Mendez and Shelby Peck, was intended to highlight key events in the past, but also explain how those events are still shaping the future of West Dallas.
Many workers fleed the Mexican Revolution and started working in cement villages.
Families look for jobs in the city and are pushed to West Dallas.
Without basic services such as plumbing and clean water, diseases increase. Brother Bill’s Helping Hand steps up.
West Dallas is officially annexed in 1954, despite their isolation across the Trinity River.
The housing project is meant to solve the “Negro Housing Problem.”
A devastating F3 tornado hits Dallas, damaging many business and houses in West Dallas.
RSR Smelter’s lead emissions were sanctioned by the government, but little action was done by the government to enforce it.
The lead emissions from RSR Smelter continued, causing health problems in residents of West Dallas.
Residents said the DHA used discriminatory policies when assigning housing, placed a significant amount of blacks in West Dallas, and did not allow them to live in other parts of DFW.
The “Mother of West Dallas” is recognized for her efforts to improve the lives of children.
Following RSR Smelter’s lead pollution, they were placed on EPA’s Superfund list for federal cleanup.
Resident have mixed feelings about the new development.
Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge was built to connect West Dallas to downtown, opening the door for development and gentrification.
A concrete plant is moved into a West Dallas neighborhood to make room for a hotel in the developing Trinity Groves area.
Lozada was a committed advocate of his community.
Families in West Dallas are evicted from their homes because landlords refuse to bring the homes up to the new codes.
West Dallas residents see an increase in their property tax bill. Some are unsure of how they will pay.
The company is one of the top polluters in the county, and residents want them out.
A performance art company creates an immersive performance highlighting many issues that plague West Dallas residents like gentrification and poverty.
SMU, Toyota, and DISD partner to provide a school focused on equity and innovation for the students of West Dallas.
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