Several of you guessed correctly that it was store where the gun Jack Ruby used to kill Lee Harvey Oswald, the accused murderer of President John F. Kennedy, was purchased.
"Ruby was a Dallas strip-club owner and small-time mobster who killed the alleged killer of the president. Just why he did it remains a mystery. But on November 24, 1963, in the basement of the Dallas jail - which at the time was crowded with police officers, reporters, and cameramen - Ruby walked right up to Oswald and shot him once in the side. The gun he used was a .38-calibur Colt Cobra revolver that he bought at Ray's Hardware and Sporting Goods (on the advice of Dallas police detective Joe Cody)."
Not exactly positive but, historical all the same.
In the same vein, West Dallas was also home to the infamous criminal team of Bonnie and Clyde.
"During the 1920s and '30s, West Dallas was known as "Little Cicero" due to its association with Bonnie and Clyde, the Hamilton brothers - Ray and Floyd, and scores of lesser known criminals. Never one of the more attractive parts of Dallas, it remains today a poverty-stricken area consisting of industrial buildings and many of the same modest wooden frame dwellings that were there when Bonnie and Clyde called this part of Dallas "home." Bonnie's family moved here in 1914, after her father died in Runnels County, Texas, where she was born in 1911. They lived with Bonnie's maternal grandparents, Frank and Mary Krause, in a rural area near Cement City - a neighborhood adjacent to the Trinity Portland Cement Company. Clyde's family came to West Dallas much later, in 1922. "
"Clyde Barrow was buried on Friday, May 25, 1934 and an airplane dropped a huge floral wreath (reportedly ordered by gambler Benny Binion) from the sky."
Benny Binion was the founder of the Horseshoe Casino in Las Vegas and was known to gamble up and down the main street of West Dallas when it was lined with bars and clubs. Today, West Dallas is dry.
And that my friends is the first and most likely last installment of the History of West Dallas.
Trey and I have been talking lately about the promise of redemption, not only to the souls of men, but to the Lord's creation as well.
The creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. (Romans 8:18 21)We have been called by a Holy Father to be ambassadors, used by him as He ushers in the new heavens and new earth. May we be faithful in our call to West Dallas, and may we have the privilege of seeing this community rise from it's history to His promise.