Dallas - Fort Worth January 29, 2018
These 17 Photos of Dallas – Fort Worth In The 1970s Are Mesmerizing
The 1970s was a tumultuous decade filled with sweeping changes to social, economic, cultural, and political norms. It was a time of transition, and these photos from the 1970s reflect what life was like in the Metroplex:
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Stylin' in downtown Dallas meant wide ties, white shoes, and sports jackets for men.
The businessmen in this 1972 photo were working downtown near Baker Hotel.
Real cowboys prevailed.
While the younger set gravitated to bell-bottoms, mutton chops, long hair, and short shorts, the classic cowboy remained, as shown here in 1972 at a Northside Fort Worth Café.
White Rock Lake was a popular hangout in the mid 1970s.
This idyllic scene is timeless, as locals still flock to the lake near Dallas just as much today... but maybe not
quite as often by horseback.
Suburbia took hold with the massive residential growth in North Dallas.
This 1972 photo shows a cookie cutter-style neighborhood in North Dallas, near what was then called L.B.J. Freeway.
Big D was already impressive.
This 1972 image shows the downtown area and the busy freeways built up all around.
Downtown Dallas was thriving.
It wasn't until years later that shoppers turned to suburban malls, causing the shuttering of many retail stores downtown.
Track shorts, tube socks, and harvest gold. Oh my!
Yeah, those were definitely the 1970s, all right!
Reddy Kilowatt was a fixture in downtown Fort Worth.
It should come as no surprise that this 1975 parking lot no longer exists!
Dallas-based 7-Eleven opened its 5,000th store here in 1974.
The grab-and-go convenience store changed the concept of customers shopping for only a few necessities at a time.
Dance clothing called for leotards and tights.
Movement and theatrical training was on the rise in the 1970s, and Dallas' International Stage Movement Institute was popular during the era.
Car dealerships looked a bit different.
But these classics will guarantee to make any car lover swoon.
Friday afternoon rush hour existed in Dallas, even in 1972.
It looks like not much has changed in terms of heavy traffic on Stemmons Freeway at Continental Street!
Hollywood liked the area's vibe and filmed several movies here.
This 1974 photo shows two cast members filming
Logan's Run in Dallas. Portions of the film were also shot in Fort Worth.
Commerce Street was busy in the 1970s. Note the American Airlines ticket counter.
Before the internet, people actually had to drive to ticket counters to purchase plane tickets. Imagine that!
Chartered buses, especially ones that aligned with Amtrak trains, were a common means of transportation.
But it was not always comfortable. Few busses were air conditioned in the 1970s.
Fort Worth boasted a popular train station.
In 1974, the passenger terminals were full in this busy station.
Teens still liked to mug it up for the camera.
These 1972 teens in Northside Fort Worth show that not much has changed in terms of posing for cameras... although they
did require an extra person to snap photos before selfie technology was invented!
Were you in Dallas – Fort Worth in the 1970s? What do you remember about the era? Were there places you liked to frequent or fashions you remember? We’d love to hear about any special 1970s memories!