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Mayers Establishment / Mayers Garden (Note: Large Files)

Posted by Joel Parks 
Mayers Establishment / Mayers Garden (Note: Large Files)
September 29, 2009 09:07PM
Found the story of Simon Mayer interesting.
Any additions to the info below is welcomed.

Dallas City Directory, 1880's, Ad
DMN 09141924, Obit

Re: Mayers Establishment / Mayers Garden (Note: Large Files)
September 30, 2009 07:07AM
Two questions:

1. Is there any way to date the Meyer Oblt?

2. Is there a street map of Dallas c.1881 that one could use to locate some of the streets and buildins mentioned?
Re: Mayers Establishment / Mayers Garden (Note: Large Files)
September 30, 2009 07:58AM
Mayer died in New Mexico on Aug. 14, 1924
Re: Mayers Establishment / Mayers Garden (Note: Large Files)
September 30, 2009 01:12PM
Regarding streets and Buildings, there is nice article about Mayer in W. S. Adair's column in the DMN Archives October 16, 1932. Search term "Simon Mayer." The article is too large to post on the Phorum.
Notes from Adair's article:
Mayers was reportedly a member of the first volunteer fire department in 1871; a charter member of the Sons of Hermann.
There is good detail on surrounding buildings over time and talk of wooden sidewalks.

The location for Mayer's Garden reported as being located Elm Street, from Akard to Ervay, thus at the western edge of the Theater district, or roughly the center of modern Downtown on Elm Street. The undated map below shows it differently as lists property owners and not businesses.

The original main structure was built in 1881and "wrecked" in 1932.

Next door was the "Old Mill Theater." The Theater was built in 1913 and completely remodeled in 1935 and renamed the Rialto. The Rialto was demolished in 1959 to make way for parking. On a postcard from est 1942, the Telenew, Rialto and Palace Theaters are nicely shown.

The Dallas Opera House was located just up the street (burned in 1901), had had its time and the land it occupied, bounded by St Paul, Main and Elm and in about 1929 became Tiche-Goettinger. After its burning, the DOH conducted their operations in tents on the property, and later became the M. T. Jones Lumber Company.

There are also listings on Jim Wheat's Dallas History pages, here is one:


It Will Be Dedicated on Next Saturday

Mr. Simon Mayer, proprietor of Mayer's Garden, with loyal memories of the "Faderland," has had reproduced in facsimile miniature, the historic Castle of Hohenzollern, the home of the rulers of Germany for so many generations, and which is still maintained by the government.
Mr. Mayer passed his youth near the [site] of this castle, and he is very much pleased with the reproduction of it. The little castle will be formally and duly dedicated by the German societies of Dallas next Saturday evening.

- January 2, 1895, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 6, col. 4.

Edited 8 time(s). Last edit at 09/30/2009 03:41PM by Joel Parks.
Re: Mayers Establishment / Mayers Garden (Note: Large Files)
October 01, 2009 09:26PM
Here are a series of map views of Mayer's Garden and subsequent tenants of the 4 lots. Note the street address changed a couple of times;







ca 1945

There is a ca 1885 photograph of Mayer's Garden viewable in the Dallas Public Library Catalog DPL (Call Number: PA87-1/19-27-1) that is similar to the ca 1880 directory engraving. The same photo was also published in Peter Kurileck and Andy Reisberg, Dallas Then and Now. Dallas: Friends of the Dallas Public Library, 1991.


Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 10/01/2009 10:02PM by M C Toyer.
Re: Mayers Establishment / Mayers Garden (Note: Large Files)
October 02, 2009 07:05AM
M.C. Where might one find and be able to examine those maps, especially the ones from the 1880s?
Re: Mayers Establishment / Mayers Garden (Note: Large Files)
October 02, 2009 08:51PM
Current location is Thanksgiving Tower. It would be neat to have a beer garden there again. There was an old thread about it somewhere.
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