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ARLINGTON, TEXAS

Tarrant County, North Central Texas

Between I-30 to the North and I-20 to the South
Between Dallas and Fort Worth
Population: 373,050 (2010) 332,969 (2000)

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Arlington Texas Rive Legacy Parks
River Legacy Parks in Arlington
Photo courtesy River Legacy Foundation, 2006

History in a Pecan Shell

Named after Robert E. Lee's hometown in Virginia, the town was originally settled in the 1840s. Gen. Edward H. Tarrant, (the county's namesake) attacked and defeated local Indians here in 1841. A trading post was set up two years later at a place called Marrow Bone Spring. A small community nearby called Johnson Station had a post office granted in 1851, but when the Texas and Pacific Railroad arrived in 1876, the tracks were laid just north of the settlement.

The Reverend Andrew S. Hayter, a Presbyterian minister is credited with platting the new community and the town was first named Hayter, Texas in 1875. It was renamed Arlington in 1877.

One of Arlington's first enterprises was the selling of mineral water and crystals from the town's public well. A sanitarium was soon built and by 1884 there was a respectable population of 800. Utilities appeared and telephone service was in operation by 1910. The population grew to over 3,000 by the mid-1920s. From 1933 through 1937, Arlington Downs was the city's biggest draw.

The city has somehow managed to maintain its separate identity, even while being sandwiched between rivals Dallas and Fort Worth.

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Arlington, Texas WPA Mural - Gathering Pecans, 1941 by Otis Dozier
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, June 2010
"Gathering Pecans" 1941 by Otis Dozier
Mosier Valley Garden of Angels Cross memorials, Arlington Texas
Photo courtesy William Holmes, June 2005
The Garden of Angels in Mosier Valley
At first glance, the Garden of Angels looks like just another cemetery. Oh, but it's not. The Garden and the story behind are both touching and... chilling....

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Arlington Texas River Legacy Science Center
River Legacy Science Center
Photo courtesy River Legacy Foundation, 2006

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