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If I could spend 24/7 at this library, it think it still wouldn’t be enough time. After my first visit, and my MS/AL trip, I felt I was better prepared. Hahaha and some more hahahahaha. I wanted to take pictures to give you a general idea of why I find this particular library so amazing, and I was granted permission. Next tim I’ll get better pics plus some from the amazing Dallas views from the 8th Floor! I can’t wait until one day I’m able to go to National Archives (NARA) or maybe even one day the LDS main site in SLC, Utah. Even more Franklin County Archives in Alabama. But I have loved this library for decades.
This library is amazing, except for one thing. EVERY SINGLE TIME, even with OnStar and Google Maps, I can N E V E R find my way back to the Tollway and end up spending up to an hour trying to find my way out of downtown. I HATE it. I don’t understand why I can’t get any navigation to lead me back to the Tollway I came down on,. but bloody hell. It’s a nightmare. I don’t want 35. 45. Nor 75. I want the Tollway! Why a location that is such a resource to the city, region, heck even the state, can’t be mapped out better for navigation is beyond me. It’s around the corner from Dallas City Hall, used for too many protests than I can count (it’s legal to hold them on City Hall property, constitutional free speech and all). The American Airlines Center, home of the Dallas Mavericks and Dallas Stars is down here. The beloved Dallas Farmers Market. Aquarium, two central fine art museums, Arboretum, even probably one of the most famous US buildings in history outside the White House: the 6th Floor Book Depository & Dealy Plaza. (JFK, for those who are trying to remember why it sounds familiar 🤔).
Mind you I’ve traveled from coast to coast with paper maps, charting my way on my own. I’ve traveled all over Southern California, including Los Angeles and lived in San Diego. I could go back to places I hadn’t been in years and still found my way without directions. This trip was the first ever using navigation systems in first time visited places yet I S T I L L get VERY lost from the library. Can always find my way home from the Farmers Market though. Ok, moving on.
Due to Covid, the library is still on appointment based visits so you should plan in advance. I went prepared with my laptop, tablet, phone and only a handful of papers, an Atlas, maps. Since I didn’t want to leave to eat, I also grabbed a couple Slim Fasts I could nurse, and a water bottle for taking meds and hydration. I drank my Starbucks before I went in. Trying to show how you should plan ahead for personal needs when a day visit on the schedule.
Parking in the underground garage is fun and the elevator ride to the 8th Floor gets the blood pumping faster, knowing they would open to an amazing floor, ready for me to try and extract more family details. Oddly, when I see family names in books, it’s almost like touching them.
I was there for 8 hours. I can tell you it still wasn’t enough time. Just before closing, a man walked by to his table near me and I curiously asked “what state are you researching?” To which he replied, “Alabama”. I giggled. “What county?” “ Clarke.” “Really, what surname?” I leave the rest out, but suffice to say the only person I talked to all day, ended up being someone who is researching my paternal line. Serendipity We kept talking till they literally begged us to leave (haha) and then started talking in the garage. Apparently because it’s an underground parking lot, it is closed up so we got kicked out of there too! 🤣🤣 Hiyaz Terry!