Deep Ellum History

The railroads created Deep Elm. The Houston and Texas Central (H&TC) Railroad arrived in Dallas in 1872, followed by the Texas and Pacific (T&P) Railroad in 1873. The crossing of the two lines is considered the birth of a community on the outer edge of downtown Dallas that people called Deep Elm. The name Deep Ellum derives from the dialects of the people who worked there. At its heart, Deep Ellum was a place where the cultures of the world converged — Blacks, Jews, Greeks, Italians, Mexicans, Czechs, and others, fleeing the oppression of their homelands, looking for a better life. Over the years Deep Ellum became a crossroads, a nexus, where just about anyone might interact and impact each other in relative freedom. 


Welcome to the Deep Ellum Community Center—a vibrant hub offering tours, history exhibitions, and a wealth of resources like maps and entrepreneurial offices. Dive into artist maker and recording spaces, special event rentals, and non-profit services tailored to our neighborhood. Whether you’re a visitor or a local, we’re your go-to spot for learning and activation in Deep Ellum!

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Community News

Welcome to Deep Ellum Community News, offering comprehensive highlights from the biweekly Deep Ellum newsletter and providing valuable updates on the neighborhood.


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