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HONEY SPRINGS, TX

HONEY SPRINGS, TEXAS. Honey Springs was near the junction of the Missouri, Kansas, and Texas railroad tracks and Honey Springs Branch, five miles south of Dallas in south central Dallas County. Dugald McFarland was the original holder of the land grant. The first settlers to remain in the area arrived with William Perry Overton from Virginia in 1844. Indians pointed out the two springs and abundance of wild honey in the area, and the settlers named their community Honey Springs.

No organized community existed at the site until 1886, when the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railroad came through Honey Springs. A section house was built there, which became known as Honey Springs Station. Honey Springs received mail from Lisbon, three miles west. Outgoing mail was hung on a pole for the conductor to grab as the train went by, and the incoming mail pouch was thrown from the train. Honey Springs had a population of fifteen in 1910. Students attended schools in the Bonnie View Common School District. On August 21, 1928, the Bonnie View Common School District No. 60 merged with the Dallas Independent School District, and students from Honey Springs began attending Dallas schools.

In 1937 Honey Springs voted to incorporate in order to avoid annexation by Dallas. The population rose to 342 by 1940, and in 1945 Honey Springs built a new community center. In February 1946 the town voted to dissolve its corporation, and on December 18, 1946, Honey Springs was annexed to Dallas.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: 

Dallas Morning News, May 23, 1945; October 10, 1948.

Lisa C. Maxwell

Citation

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

Lisa C. Maxwell, "HONEY SPRINGS, TX," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hvh87), accessed September 16, 2014. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
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