|Type of Place||Independent City or Town|
|Metro Area?||Independent City or Town|
|Politics c. 1860?||Don't Know|
|Unions, Organized Labor?||Don't Know|
|Sundown Town Status|
|Confirmed Sundown Town?||Probable|
|Year of Greatest Interest|
|Was there an ordinance?||Don't Know|
|Still Sundown?||Surely Not|
|Tell Dr. Loewen More About This Town|| |
|Method of Exclusion|
|Threat of Violence;Reputation|
|A National Guardsman stationed in Dallas, Oregon in the 1980s writes that a black colleague told him how he was visited by the KKK the night before and not to tell anyone but the 20 foot high cross they burnt in his front yard was accompanied by several voices he recognized from right in the Dallas Unit. He also said that ever since he moved into Dallas, about 3 mounths before, he had received about 10 phone calls and notes on his rented house's door. The notes and calls he had, up until that time, written off as pranks from teenagers. Something (the pranks) that happened quite a lot in Dallas according to another friend, who had lived in Dallas for 10 plus years. My friend was told by one of the notes that only Salem and Portland might tolerate his kind in this state and to stay 10 miles minimum from any town with a "dragon" for a mascot if he didn't want to be hanged just for practice by the KKK. He had a white wife and the two of them were still shaking when I went to visit them two months later in Salem where they moved.
Another Dallas resident writes:
"After living in Dallas for about 9 years I have heard some things from long time residents about the bad old days, i.e. the hanging tree in front of the courthouse, the local high school team being named the "Dragons", and the fact that Dallas was a sundowner town.
A former recent Dallas resident who said that black people wouldn't necessarily be run out, but that they would not be made to feel welcome there. The origin of the HS dragon mascot may only be a coincidence, although many residents think it has KKK connections.
Dallas, OR has joined The Inclusive Communities Partnership of the National League of Cities.|