Oak Cliff is actually a district or neighborhood of Dallas, having been annexed by Dallas in 1903. Southwest of downtown Dallas, it is a neighborhood full of history and beauty. Early and mid-century homes abound as well as parks and some really nice golf courses (according to my hubby!)
The last time we were in Oak Cliff (having gone to the Texas Theatre of course!) we decided to drive around a little in this historic area. To my surprise, there were many murals painted on the buildings -- this part of Oak Cliff is fast becoming known as an arts district and includes historical theaters, neighborhood restaurants, and locally owned shops (and watering holes if you know what I mean!).
You may remember my "letter F" post, 50 Novembers, where I
went on and on wrote about the history of the Texas Theatre -- if not, here's a link if you'd like to check it out.
This is just down the street from the Theatre and shows the different kinds of arts and entertainment in the area. Oh! Is that the Texas Theatre I see? Hehe, I hadn't notice that before! Even if it is blue!
You'll need to click on these to get some close-up detail!
This is a great area for people watching -- and dog walking!!
The other half of the mural
This was taken on the sidewalk walking toward the Texas Theatre.
It's fun just to drive on this street -- such colorful shops!
My other trips to this area have been just to the Texas Theatre, so it was really nice to be there in the afternoon and on such a gorgeous day.
This is the on the wall of the North Oak Cliff Library which was the first branch built in the Dallas Public Library system in 1914. This current branch replaced the original one and was built in 1986 -- a local artist painted the mural. That's Martin Luther King, Jr. on the far left, holding a history book. He is shown to link the civil rights struggles of both Mexican Americans and African Americans.
This is the other side of the mural
The eagles depict the Mexican flag -- an eagle perched on a cactus with a snake in its talons -- and that's one of the leaders of Mexico holding a history book.
There were more murals around town, but those will have to wait for another day!
Sharing Oak Cliff murals over at Miss Jenny's for Alphabe-Thursday where we are studying the letter O.
Also sharing at Smiling Sally's for Blue Monday and for her Fifth Blogiversary! I'm adding this post because of all the blue but there's a special one for Sally over on Magnolia's Attic -- you're invited to attend!!