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What’s in a Name?

Worth. Carrol. Junius. Flora.

If you’ve driven through downtown or East Dallas, you’re familiar with the street names.

Peak. Harwood. Field. Victor.

But did you know where the names originated?

Captain Jefferson Peak, father of Juliette Peak Fowler, was a captain in the Mexican War and moved his family from Kentucky to Dallas in 1855.

He settled his family, which included 12 children, on 200 acres of farmland at the current intersection of Peak and Worth streets, and built the first brick house in Dallas.

After railroads arrived in Dallas in the 1870s, Peak began to carve up his farm, which extended from Elm Street to Capitol Avenue to Haskell Avenue. He created one of Dallas’ first subdivisions – Peak Addition – and perpetuated the family name by naming streets after many of his children and their spouses.

Carroll Street, for example, was named for his doctor-son, who earlier had moved to Fort Worth. Worth and Victor streets were named for two others sons. Junius Street was named for yet another son, known as June, who became a famous Texas Ranger.

Flora Street was named for daughter, Flora, who later became Mrs. Tom Field (Field Street was named for her husband). Harwood Street was named for the husband of another Peak daughter, Sarah, who married Alexander Harwood. Juliette Fowler Street was named for daughter Juliette, the visionary namesake of Juliette Fowler Communities, which was founded more than 120 years ago.

Juliette Fowler Communities is designed for today’s senior, offering residential and assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing and short-term rehabilitation. Beautifully landscaped and rich in amenities, Fowler is located in the historic east Dallas neighborhood of Lakewood and is convenient to shopping, restaurants, the Arts District and major medical centers.