Images from the Hinton Family Collection

1900-1940s 

The Twin Wells community was located in northwest Dallas County about eight miles northwest of downtown Dallas and two miles east of the city of Irving near the West Fork of the Trinity River. Travelers coming from Dallas crossed the river at the Eagle Ford crossing on the Eagle Ford Trail, later the Eagle Ford Road, and later still Singleton Blvd. The community grew up during the late 1800s, and was named for two water wells that were on opposite sides of the Eagle Ford Trail. Residents of the area farmed, raised poultry, and kept dairy herds. Children of the community attended the nearby Irving schools. Never a large community, the population of the area peaked at about 150 in the 1940s. Construction of a major thoroughfare during the late 1940s cut the community in two. The city of Irving annexed the area in 1951.
 
Harwood P. Hinton, Sr., was born in Marshall, Texas, in 1870. He moved to west Texas to live with relatives in 1891. In 1909, he traded his west Texas chicken farm for 63 acres in northwest Dallas County in the community of Twin Wells. He worked for a time tending draft animals at a refinery in west Dallas. In 1914, he traded part of his 63 acres for a store in the small town of Irving, which was about two miles west of his land. Hinton's first wife, Pinkie Elizabeth, with whom he had two sons, died in 1917. He married Lucy Wright in 1921. She preferred living on the land out at Twin Wells, so the family moved there with plans to open a store on their Twin Wells land. Their land was along the road from Dallas to Irving and areas further west. Before the store was finished, Lucy was killed in a train wreck. In 1924, Hinton opened Hinton's Twin Wells Store. He married Willie Mae Garner in 1926. The couple had one son. Hinton's second son by his first wife opened Twin Wells Lumber Company in 1928. In 1942, the Hintons sold the store and lumberyard and most of their Twin Wells land. H. P. Hinton, Sr., spent the final years of his life just across the river from Twin Wells in the Oak Cliff section of Dallas. He died in 1956.

The photos in this collection are from the Hinton Family Collection in the Irving Archives, Irving Public Library. The collection was donated to the Irving Archives by H. P. Hinton's son, Harwood P. Hinton, Jr. The photos span the years 1908 to the 1940s. The primary subjects of the photos are Hinton's Twin Wells Store, the Twin Wells Lumber Company founded by Tom Ross Hinton, and Irving school class photos from the 1930s and 1940s. Harwood P. Hinton, Jr., attended the Irving schools during those years. The photos provide a look at a bygone era in the history of the growth of the city of Irving.  

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 Hinton by old lumber office, c. 1990
Remnants of Twin Wells Lumber, 1988

House behind Hinton store, c. 1920s
Hinton home behind the Twin Wells store, c. 1928

Hinton with friends, c. 1940s
Harwood Hinton and friends from the Twin Wells area,
c. 1944

Trinity River flood, c. 1908
Trinity River flood, c. 1908

 Road to Irving, c. 1920
Road to Twin Wells and Irving, c. 1932
Wells at Twin Wells, c. 1930s
Water wells at Twin Wells,
c. 1929
People with dairy cow, c. 1920s
Dairy farmers at Twin Wells, 1920s
Interior Hinton store, c. 1930s
Interior of Hinton's Twin Wells Store, c. 1932
 Exterior Hinton store, c. 1920s
Hinton's Twin Wells Store, 1932
Interior of Hinton store, c. 1930s
Interior of Hinton's Twin Wells Store, c. 1932
Hinton store in snow, c. 1920s
Hinton's Twin Wells Store, 1928
Trinity River flood, c. 1908
Trinity River flood, c. 1908
 Irving school, Old Red, c. 1940s
Irving School, c. 1930s
Hinton Lumber Yard, c. 1930s
Twin Wells Lumber, 1932
 Hinton Lumber Yard, c. 1930s
Twin Wells Lumber, 1932
Hinton Lumber Yard, c. 1930s
Twin Wells Lumber, 1939
Elementary graduation, 1944
Irving Elementary Graduation, 1940

Irving elementary school class, c. 1930s
Irving School
first grade class,
1933-34

Irving elementary school class, c. 1930s
Irving School
second grade class,
1934-35

 Irving elementary school class, c. 1930s
Irving School
third grade class, 1935-36

Irving elementary school class, c. 1930s
Irving School
fifth grade class, 1937-38

Irving elementary school class, c. 1930s
Irving School
sixth grade class, 1938-39
 Irving High graduation class, c. 1944
Irving High School graduating class, 1944
Wells at Twin Wells, c. 1930s
One of the wells at
Twin Wells, c. 1929
 Hinton boys in wagon, c. 1920
Twin Wells Store delivery service, c. 1910

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