Trading Center

The Summerlee Foundation Trading Center Gallery: 1874 – 1917

Successful exploitation of economic opportunities transforms Dallas County.

The arrival of the first two railroads in 1872 and 1873 brought boom days for Dallas County, making it an important regional center for trade. Wholesale business, aviation and the State Fair of Texas broadened Dallas County’s population. Throughout the county, towns such as Lancaster, Richardson, Irving and others became trading centers for surrounding farmers.

What you’ll find in the Trading Center Gallery:

  • One of the county’s first water utilities, a wooden water pipe
  • The Good Roads Tour trophy, made by Linz Brothers
  • A high-wheeled bicycle
  • A World War I-era gas mask
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