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Close up from Trinity River, south of Dallas Love Field (unlabeled), 1945, showing Love Field and Bachman Lake

Dallas Aerial Photographs, 1945 USDA Survey

Close up from Trinity River, south of Dallas Love Field (unlabeled), 1945, showing Love Field and Bachman Lake

Close up of Grid 11 showing the Corinth Street Viaduct, 1945

Close up of Grid 11 showing
the Corinth Street Viaduct,
1945

Grid 07 close up showing SMU campus, 1945

Grid 07 close up showing SMU
campus, 1945

Grid 06 close up showing Trinity River, south of Dallas Love Field, 1945

Grid 06 close up showing
Trinity River, south of
Dallas Love Field, 1945

Grid 03 closeup showing Hillcrest Cemetery and Northwest Highway, 1945

Grid 03 closeup showing
Hillcrest Cemetery and
Northwest Highway, 1945

Grid 09 closeup showing Hensley Field, Dallas Naval Air Station, 1945

Grid 09 closeup showing
Hensley Field, Dallas
Naval Air Station, 1945

Grid 05 closeup showing Town of Irving, 1945

Grid 05 closeup showing
Town of Irving, 1945

Holding library: Foscue Map Library

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Overview

Grid 01: Northwest Highway and Beltline Road, site of NE corner of DFW Airport (labeled) Grid 02: Preston Hollow, north of Dallas Love Field (labeled) Grid 03: North Dallas, Preston Road and Northwest Highway (labeled) Grid 04: Northwest Highway and Jupiter Road, north of White Rock Lake (labeled) Grid 05: Town of Irving, Highway 183 (labeled) Grid 06: Trinity River, south of Dallas Love Field (labeled) Grid 07: Downtown Dallas, Oaklawn, Highland Park, University Park, East Dallas (labeled) Grid 08: White Rock Lake (labeled) Grid 09: Town of Grand Prairie, Mountain Creek Lake (labeled) Grid 10: Oak Cliff, Cockrell Hill (labeled) Grid 11: Downtown Dallas, The Cedars, South Dallas, Kessler Park (labeled) Grid 12: Southeastern Dallas, Pleasant Grove (labeled) Grid 13: Mountain Creek Lake, south (labeled) Grid 14: Southwestern Dallas, Highway 67 and Ledbetter Drive (labeled) Grid 15: Southwestern Dallas, Ledbetter Drive and Lancaster Road (labeled) Grid 16: Town of Hutchins (labeled)

There are 16 pairs of images in the Dallas Aerial Photographs, 1945 USDA Survey digital collection that portray various locations in the Dallas metropolitan area as well as Irving, Grand Prairie, and Hutchins. The original photographs were taken by the Army Air Forces for the United States Department of Agriculture and were developed by the Western Aerial Photographic Laboratory in Salt Lake City, Utah. The purpose of the photographs was to survey farmland, which covered large portions of the Dallas area at the time.

The aerial survey collection is housed in the Edwin J. Foscue Map Library. The library worked with regional historian George Cearley to identify important features in the photographs such as major roads, railways, and landmarks. A transparent overlay with locational markers was created for each photograph to label these features. In the digital collection, there are two versions of each image, labeled and unlabeled. Labeled images replicate the physical overlays created for the originals and correspond to a legend that appears below the image.

The Dallas Aerial Photographs, 1945 USDA Survey complements the Dallas Historic Aerial Photographs, 1930 Fairchild Survey and the Miscellaneous Aerial Views of Dallas, 1930s-1940s. A related digital collection, White Rock Lake Aerial Photographs, 1927 Fairchild Survey, is available from the DeGolyer Library.

Aerial Survey Grid

To view an individual high resolution image, click on the area of the map you wish to examine. When you do so, you will be taken to the web page for that image that contains a high quality aerial photograph with yellow markers and a corresponding legend of places. Place names are displayed in the key below the image. To zoom in and move around, use the tool bar across the top of the image. The small image to the left will tell you what part of the photograph you are viewing by displaying a shaded red area around the portion of the image you are viewing.

Each image also contains a link to the unlabeled version of the same photograph.

About the Collection

About USDA Aerial Surveys

The United States Department of Agriculture’s Farm Security Agency created aerial photographs as a means of surveying farmland. The practice of surveying began shortly after the 1933 Agricultural Adjustment Act introduced programs that would require farmers to provide accurate measurements in order to participate. Farm programs were designed to stabilize prices, arbitrate mortgage agreements, and insure loans for rural housing and business. Originally, surveying was done by placing chains around fields and creating hand drawn maps. By the 1940s, aerial photography was used as a more efficient and accurate method, and the USDA created two aerial photography labs, one in Asheville, North Carolina, and the other in Salt Lake City, Utah (which developed this set of images). USDA aerial photography was consolidated to the Aerial Photography Field Office (APFO) in Salt Lake City in 1976.

These photographs were created as a map-controlled mosaic. The survey is constructed by assembling multiple photographs using topographic maps for orientation. Typically, only the center of each photograph is used for the mosaic since it represents less displacement.


Grid 01: Northwest Highway and Beltline Road, site of NE corner of DFW Airport (labeled) Grid 02: Preston Hollow, north of Dallas Love Field (labeled) Grid 03: North Dallas, Preston Road and Northwest Highway (labeled) Grid 04: Northwest Highway and Jupiter Road, north of White Rock Lake (labeled) Grid 05: Town of Irving, Highway 183 (labeled) Grid 06: Trinity River, south of Dallas Love Field (labeled) Grid 07: Downtown Dallas, Oaklawn, Highland Park, University Park, East Dallas (labeled) Grid 08: White Rock Lake (labeled) Grid 09: Town of Grand Prairie, Mountain Creek Lake (labeled) Grid 10: Oak Cliff, Cockrell Hill (labeled) Grid 11: Downtown Dallas, The Cedars, South Dallas, Kessler Park (labeled) Grid 12: Southeastern Dallas, Pleasant Grove (labeled) Grid 13: Mountain Creek Lake, south (labeled) Grid 14: Southwestern Dallas, Highway 67 and Ledbetter Drive (labeled) Grid 15: Southwestern Dallas, Ledbetter Drive and Lancaster Road (labeled) Grid 16: Town of Hutchins (labeled)

View more aerial photographs of Dallas in these collections from the Foscue Map Library:

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