I took an informal poll yesterday and asked people what was the first thing that came to mind when I mention "Harry Hines"
Seediness, streetwalkers, industrial were a few of the otherwise unpleasant descriptions I received about the infamous Dallas boulevard. Fair? Perhaps.
Did you know that Harry Hines Boulevard ends in uptown just a block from the new deck park? Did you ever stop and wonder who was Harry Hines? Obviously, someone thought he did something noteworthy enough to name a thoroughfare after him, albeit a notorious one.
I have to admit, I never really thought much about it until I stumbled across this small park near downtown. I use the term stumble, because when I went back with my camera, I wandered around for 20 minutes trying to find it again.
The park is at the corner of Harry Hines Boulevard and Ashland, is less than a half acres and has a small monument in the middle. Thousand of cars pass by everyday in this midtown maze of streets but few realize the answer to "Who Was Harry Hines?" sits under a large shade tree.
The memorial gives us not only insight into who he was, but the high esteem he was given by city leaders. It is also a cautionary tale, be careful where you place your name. The plaque reads:
"Harry Hines, in whose honor Harry Hines Boulevard was named, served six years as Chairman of the Texas Highway Commission 1935 -1945
His foresight envisioned the need for a new route north and northwest out of Dallas and carried to culmination what can appropriately be considered Dallas' first step toward a divided expressway system, which will prove a lasting tribute to his vision for our city and state.
This memorial placed by friends who held him in high esteem and affection
1886 - 1956
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