10. McKinney Lamar Viaduct / Continental Viaduct c.1931
Completed in 1931, the McKinney-Lamar (Continental) Viaduct was one of 4 vehicular bridges created in the early 1930's to alleviate traffic and congestion to and from Oak Cliff. It also provided routes free from worry of flooding from the Trinity River. Before the completion of the 4 viaducts, the Houston viaduct served as the sole secure connection to and from Dallas. The other bridges along with a streetcar viaduct were at Commerce, Cadiz and Corinth. A $6,950,000 bond issue was approved by voters on 3 April 1928, which provided for the construction of the bridges.
Architecture at Risk Revisited
It's a story everyone knows.
1. Owner demolishes aging motor court for future development and promises the preservation community to preserve the iconic sign on the property.
2. Owner begins floating ideas about moving the sign off the property and the preservation community, the public and the press reminds him he would not.
3. Owner says he will salvage the sign rather than preserve it and scatter it's parts across the development which in effect would destroy the sign.
All of Oak Cliff wants to support the Sylvan/Thirty development and wants it to succeed. Much of Oak Cliff wants the Alamo sign preserved, in itact and on the historic roadway.
There is still time to do the right thing and listen to the wishes of the community and have a happy ending.
The beautiful sign is imprisoned only a few blocks away.