A community in east Dallas County, earlier known as Thin Gravy, Deanville, North Mesquite, or Mesquite Tap, received national prominence in 1945 when its 200 residents voted to adopt the name of new president Harry S. Truman. On November 21, 1945, a sign on U.S. Highway 80 was christened with a bottle of milk, and a letter of congratulations from President Truman was read. The Truman community was absorbed by neighboring Mesquite in the 1950s.
Adapted from the official Handbook of Texas, a state encyclopedia developed by the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA). It is an authoritative source of trusted historical records.
Susanne Starling | © Texas State Historical Association
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