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Deep Ellum (Deep Elm), Dallas

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Deep Ellum is a neighborhood composed largely of arts and entertainment venues near downtown in East Dallas, Texas .The neighborhood lies directly east of the elevated I-45/US 75 freeway and extends to Exposition Avenue, connected to downtown by, from north to south, Pacific, Elm, Main, Commerce, and Canton streets. The neighborhood is north of Exposition Park and south of Bryan Place.HistoryEarly DaysDeep Ellum developed in the late 19th-century as a residential and commercial neighborhood on the east side of downtown Dallas. The area was originally called Deep Elm, but the pronunciation “Deep Ellum” by early residents led to its current and historically accepted name. Because of its proximity to the Houston and Texas Central railroad, the area was also referred to as Central Track.As one of Dallas’ first commercial districts for African-Americans and European immigrants, Deep Ellum is one of the most historically significant neighborhoods in the city. The district boasts the city’s largest collection of commercial storefronts from the early 20th century and includes many individual structures significant in their own right.Industrial DevelopmentRobert S. Munger built his first cotton gin factory, the Continental Gin Company, in a series of brick warehouses along Elm Street and Trunk Avenue in Deep Ellum in 1888. As the business grew to become the largest manufacturer of cotton-processing equipment in the United States, Munger expanded the factory by adding additional structures along Trunk and Elm in 1912 and 1914, respectively. A Dallas Landmark District, the industrial complex was converted to loft apartments in 1997.
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  • definitely a stop and see street, lots of shops and beer stops , live music, and shopping shops , one place we stop in dallas for sure when we are in the area . interesting to say the least , 
  • There were some very interesting shops, bars, restaurants and breweries in Deep Ellum. This was my first visit back to this neighborhood since I moved from Dallas in 1992. It is a very trendy/ funky a...  read more »
  • When I lived in Deep Ellum in the late 1980's, it was just an up and coming arts scene. Very hip, not at all trendy. The clubs were full of fresh new talent, and the artists were painting and creating...  read more »
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