Friday, June 18, 2021

“Places People Still Talk About” exhibit: A fun connection to Southlake’s Past

If you were a kid in Southlake after the town’s incorporation in 1956, there’s a good chance you sat in old Carroll Hill for elementary school, grabbed a candy bar at Village Grocery, later attended brand new Carroll High School and bought gas at Yates Corner Grocery.

“Places People Still Talk About,” a photo exhibit July 12 through September 11 presented by the Southlake Historical Society will highlight those days and the places that people still talk about including mom-and-pop Casey Grocery that fronted Texas 114 at (then)
Carroll Road, the town’s main street; Grapevine Auction Barn and Cafe, thought to be Texas’s first integrated cafe; the old grass field where Carroll football began; private airstrips; early businesses; and a Greyhound dog track.

The photo exhibit will be displayed in the lobby of Town Hall and in the library. Hours are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Society members gathered photos from longtime residents and archived newspapers, looked through scrapbooks and yearbooks and culled comments from the Facebook page ‘You Know You Grew Up In Southlake When’ to populate the exhibit.

“We love the remembrances and the passion folks feel for having grown up in Southlake, when it was a little town and everyone knew everyone,” said Connie Cooley, SHS president.

This is the seventh Town Hall exhibit presented by the Southlake Historical Society. Past topics have included private airstrips in Southlake from 1950-1980; Denton County history through the eyes of a cattle baron, outlaws, and church ladies; how World War I impacted now-Southlake and Texas; the centennial of Carroll Hill School, the birthplace of Carroll ISD AND the city of Carroll High School, shown here around 1969, still stands at Highland and Carroll avenues.

Today it is home to the Southlake Baptist Church. Southlake; and the story of a well-known name in Southlake, Bob Jones, and his wife, Almeady Chisum Jones and their contributions to the success of present-day Southlake.

Visit www.southlakehistory.org  to learn more about the history of Southlake.