Centennial Landmarking Event
Park Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony
December 5, 2013
– 8:00 p.m.
Join us on Thursday, December 5
for the Highland Park Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. We will be making a
Centennial Landmark presentation for the Cole Family Farm during the event.
It will be at the Big Pecan Tree located at the corner of Preston Road and
About the Cole Family Farm
In 1843, Dr. John Cole became the
first Anglo resident of what would become Highland Park. A member of the
Peters Colony, he was granted 640 acres by the Republic of Texas, and would
eventually own the land from present-day Mockingbird to Blackburn and Lomo
Alto to Abbott.
Cole, his wife and nine children
built a log cabin on the site of 4500 Preston Rd. and planted an orchard
nearby. Cole was the area's first physician and pharmacist as well as probate
judge of Dallas County.
After returning from the Civil War
in 1865, Cole's son, Joseph, transplanted a pecan sapling and nurtured it
over the years. In 1889, the Coles sold the surrounding land to Col. Henry
Exall, stipulating that the tree be protected. Later, Armstrong Pkwy. was
laid out around the tree, and became a community focus. First decorated for
Christmas in 1927, it attracts many visitors every year.