Maps Credit: Pete Charlton ~ The Electric Books Collection.
This study was undertaken in order to better understand how our Meadowbrook - Eastern Hills - Handley neighborhoods originally developed into the area we recall as our childhood home turf. If you are like me, anything that occurred before I got there (anywhere) was old history, thus of little consequence to the present day...no matter when "present day" is or was.
But, that's not quite true. To the extent some of those old memories and lessons learned impacted your future decisions, they could have become a significant element in your makeup.
During the 1920s substantial residential development took place around Oakland Park and the Beacon Hill subdivision south of Stratford Park. Building is active in Edgewood Hts., Claremont Place, and Murray Hill Addition. Sporadic home building took place in the Central Meadowbrook area between Oakland Park and the Meadowbrook Golf Club as well as eastward along Meadowbrook Dr. The area was decidedly rural with the few houses in the area widely spaced. Properties consisted of a few large farms and a number of smaller acreages.
Meadowbrook Elementary is shown on this map just one year after it was opened in 1936. Shows a number of newly noted subdivision names. This is also one year beyond the Texas Centennial celebration and probably about the time of Amon Carter's peak influence.
Note the interesting depiction of the future Toll Road (today's Tom Landry highway) as an East-West Freeway extension.
The Eastern Hills neighborhood is just seeing its first (1953) homes built north of the future EHHS. That entire neighborhood was thickly wooded and consisted mostly of a single large hill, rising from the school property to a peak at Blueridge Dr., then falling away to a low point along Ederville Rd. Homes in this area generally contained 2000-2500 sq. ft. of living space and were custom built. At the time they were constructed, they were about 50-100% larger than most of the housing stock in the East Side neighborhoods.
The Toll Road is under construction at this time, but doesn't show on this map.
This 1962 map shows the East Side as it was about the time we graduated from EH. Central Meadowbrook is essentially complete and the Eastern Hills neighborhood is nearing completion as the last of the vacant land down to Ederville Rd. is all that is left. Early development north of the Toll Road in White Lake Hills has started.
Loop 820 was under construction when we were at EHHS and opened about the time we graduated. This map shows the Loop still under construction.
Development continued eastward toward Arlington between Meadowbrook Drive and the Toll Road...I think Cook's Meadow came next. About the same time or shortly afterward, Woodhaven was developed east of White Lake Hills, north of the Toll Road.
By 1976, the building of Woodhaven just north of the Toll Road was underway. Filling in east of the Loop continued.
An undated Ashburn map thought to be about c.1980 is interesting in that it shows the subdivision names throughout the area.