The home of the Southern Pacific Railroad depot now Sunset Station and a rich African American heritage.
Southern Pacific Railroad Station, now known as Sunset Station, sat in the middle of the area. Its tracks marked the edge of town and set the African American enterprises apart from the mainstream. The business district stretched several blocks down Commerce Street toward Hackberry Street. It included the Cameo Theatre, the Life Saver Grill, a professional building with a dentist’s office (Dr. Hurd) and a doctor’s office (Dr. Walton). A beauty salon, tailor shop, Bellinger Taxi Service, real estate, and numerous other businesses owned by African Americans populated the district. Just off Commerce were churches like St. Paul AME, Second Baptist, and Bethel AME.