Greenville, Texas, was named for Thomas J. Green, a general in the Texas Army in the war for independence from Mexico. He later became a member of the Congress of the Republic of Texas. Greenville, the county seat of Hunt County, is a commercial and manufacturing center sixty miles northeast of Dallas on Interstate Highway 30. The community was established in 1846. With the arrival of the railroad, Greenville's cotton industry flourished, and it became known as the "cotton capital of the world."
After driving for three hours through thick fog, I arrived in Greenville and parked on Lee Street, across from the Town House. Due to the early hour, I made a mental note: "Parked near green building in Greenville..." Hoped I wouldn't forget where I parked my car and get lost (it's happened).
This shows the fog receding from the rising sun. Signs of the construction occurring along Lee Street are evident (the traffic cones). Also, the Union Security Life Insurance ghost is interesting. Can you believe they ever had assets of $13 million? It is possible. And that must have looked like a lot of zeros back when that business was still going.
The 1929 Hunt County Courthouse, Classical Revival to Art Deco transitional architecture. I've also seen it described as being an example of "Moderne" architectural style. Dedicated April 11, 1929 on 83rd anniversary of county creation.
"Rural Power" ghost sign on Masonic Temple
This building may have been either a hotel, a department store (because Fred Ende was involved in both) and might currently be home to some sort of lodge or fraternal order. Perhaps an old fire station?
The next few are of J.P. "Punk" McNatt Motor Co. building. Unfortunately, the Internet has no record of J.P. "Punk" McNatt or his car dealership, nor does it offer any revelations about the origin of "Punk." Should one have purchased an automobile from a man who somehow earned that nickname?
Looking down Lee Street (heading back to my car at this point - green buidling in Greenville...). The Texan Theater in the distance.