Southlake will be the proud recipient of two historical markers, from the Texas Historical Commission (THC), within the next few months. The markers, as defined by THC, are “tools to interpret, promote and protect historic and cultural resources that are worthy of preservation.”
One historical marker will commemorate the original Carroll School building, built in 1919 and the birthplace of both the award-winning Carroll ISD and City of Southlake. As the first public building, it was the focal point of the rural community and served as City Hall during the 1950-60s. Plain in design and with no outstanding architectural features, it is as sturdy and practical as the farmers who built it.
According to Anita Robeson of the Southlake Historical Society, Carroll School was built soon after the settlers moved into the area and is an important example of the pioneer spirit of this area.
“The Carroll School reflects the hardworking people that first came to Southlake and even then, wanted a better education for their children,” Robeson stated.
The building remains in its original location near the intersection of Carroll Avenue and S.H. 114 (adjacent to the former intermediate school). As the building’s future is unknown – the property upon which Carroll School sits is currently for sale by Carroll ISD – the historical marker will be placed in front of the school along Carroll Avenue.
The second historical marker, and the second one for this location, will be placed at the corner of Dove Road and Lonesome Dove Road in honor of what once was known as Dove, Texas. The first marker, placed in 2006, was accidentally removed last year during construction and the general contractor is paying to have a new one installed.
According to verbiage on the historical marker, the Dove Community was established in the 1870s and included a general store and post office, and became a prosperous farming center for melon, cotton and dairy production.
Below is a list of all locations in Southlake with historical markers:
Lonesome Dove Baptist Church
Lonesome Dove Cemetery
White’s Chapel UMC
White’s Chapel Cemetery
Thomas Hood Cemetery
State Trooper Memorial (as shown at left)
For more information about Southlake’s history, go to www.SouthlakeHistory.org.