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Dallas City Hall’s Woodall Rodgers Photo Flap Solved

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The City of Dallas seal on displays outside a wall at Dallas City Hall. (credit: Matt Goodman/KTVT/KTXA)

The City of Dallas seal on displays outside a wall at Dallas City Hall. (credit: Matt Goodman/KTVT/KTXA)

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DALLAS (AP) – A photo at Dallas City Hall believed to be of a mayor who served more than 70 years ago turns out to be another businessman.

The Dallas Morning News first reported on the portrait thought to be former Dallas Mayor Woodall Rodgers. Rodgers was mayor from 1939 to 1947. He died in 1961.

A recent visitor to city hall said the photo wasn’t Rodgers.

Relatives on Wednesday confirmed the photo is of Henry C. Beck Jr. His family’s construction company helped build landmarks including the Adolphus Tower and Medical City Dallas. Beck died in 2007.

His son, Peter Beck, says he thinks his father would have gotten a kick out of the mixup.

City hall officials are investigating the photo flub.

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