Throwback Thursday: State Fair of Texas football in 1933


Source: Edwin J. Foscue Map Library – Southern Methodist University

This photo shows the the Cotton Bowl filled with 30,000 screaming fans for a football game between Southern Methodist University and the Texas School of Mines at El Paso (UTEP) on October 7, 1933.

This throwback is special for DART for two reasons:

1) The game took place on the first day of that year’s State Fair of Texas. This event is a special one because DART introduced its first light rail vehicles to the public during the 1995 State Fair of Texas. And DART also began rail service to the State Fair of Texas in 2009 shortly after the opening of the first segment of the Green Line from Victory Station to MLK Jr. Station.

This year is no different. We’re adding extra trains, service and volunteers to help North Texans get to the State Fair of Texas. Learn all about our service at

2) The SMU-El Paso game pictured happened one year after the introduction of the Revenue Act of 1932. This act introduced the first gasoline tax in the federal tax structure. Many, many, many years later this tax evolved into the Highway Trust Fund that today supports mass transit projects across the United States with billions of dollars.

And now it’s becoming problematic. The Highway Trust Fund is running out of money, and public transportation agencies need access to those funds to pay for new capital projects and maintain infrastructure to ensure fairgoers can count on DART every year for their trips to the State Fair.

DART urges lawmakers to pass a new long-term, fully funded surface transportation bill that increases investment to support our nation’s transportation infrastructure. To join us and to contact our Congressional delegation, please visit:

Thanks to Reddit user notbob1959 for originally sharing the photo.

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