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FARMERS BRANCH, TEXAS

Dallas County, North Central Texas

32 55' 44" N, 96 52' 39" W (32.928889, -96.8775)

I-35 and Highway 77
12 miles N of Dallas
Population: 48,158 Est. (2019)
28,616 (2010) 27,508 (2000) 24,250 (1990)

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Farmers Branch TX City Hall
Farmers Branch City Hall
Photo courtesy Clint Skinner, June 2019

History in a Pecan Shell

In the early 1840s settlers established a town named after local native Mustang grapes. Cochran It was later changed to Farmers Branch. In 1845 the first office of the Texan Land and Emigration Company, AKA the Peters Colony was located there and a school was in operation (utilizing a church building) by the following year.

The post office was granted in 1848, closed by 1866 and reestablished by 1875.

The town had Dallas County's first blacksmith, gristmill and cotton gin.

The Dallas and Wichita Railway passed through Farmers Branch in 1878 but in 1881 it was absorbed by the Missouri, Kansas and Texas in 1881.

The population reached 100 by 1890 and 300 by 1917.

After WWII infrastructure was expanded and a new artesian well was drilled.

By the mid 1950s an estimated 80 percent of Farmers Branch citizens worked in Dallas.

Farmers Branch Historical Park


The Farmers Branch Historical Park
City of Farmers Branch
13000 Wm. Dodson Pkwy P. O. Box 819010 Farmers Branch, TX 75234
Phone:972.247.3131 Fax:972.247.4836
http://www.ci.farmers-branch.tx.us/


Farmers Branch TX - Farmers Branch Historical Park, Peters Colony Land Grant
Peters' Colony Land Grant Office Replica
in Farmers Branch Historical Park

Photo courtesy Clint Skinner, October 2020


Farmers Branch TX - Farmers Branch Historical Park, 1870s Log House
1870s Log House
Photo courtesy Clint Skinner, October 2020


Farmers Branch TX - Farmers Branch Historical Park, 1877 Depot
Farmers Branch 1877 Depot
Photo courtesy Clint Skinner, October 2020
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Farmers Branch TX - Farmers Branch Historical Park, 1891 Old Church
1891 Old Church
Photo courtesy Clint Skinner, October 2020
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Farmers Branch TX - 1900-1910 Schoolhouse
Farmers Branch 1900-1910 Schoolhouse
Photo courtesy Clint Skinner, October 2020
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Farmers Branch TX - Farmers Branch Historical Park, 1920s General Store
1920s General Store Replica
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Farmers Branch TX - Farmers Branch Historical Park, 1920s Texaco Gas Station
1920s Texaco Gas Station Replica
Photo courtesy Clint Skinner, October 2020


Farmers Branch TX - Farmers Branch Historical Park, 1857 Gilbert House
The 1857 Gilbert House
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Farmers Branch TX - Farmers Branch Historical Park,  1885 Queen Anne Victorian Cottage
1885 Queen Anne Victorian Cottage
Photo courtesy Clint Skinner, October 2020


Farmers Branch TX - Farmers Branch Historical Park,  1885 Queen Anne Victorian Cottage
1885 Queen Anne Victorian Cottage
Photo courtesy Clint Skinner, October 2020


Farmers Branch TX - Farmers Branch Historical Park, Bill and Maude Dodson
Bill and Maude Dodson House ca. 1937
Photo courtesy Clint Skinner, October 2020
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Farmers Branch, Texas
Landmarks



Farmers Branch TX - Webb Chapel Methodist Church
Webb Chapel Methodist Church
The first church organized in Dallas County

Photo courtesy Clint Skinner, June 2019

Historical Marker: 12400 Webb Chapel Road, between Selma Lane and Veronica Road, Farmer's Branch; 3 miles N of IH 635
Webb Chapel Cemetery
Isaac B. (1802-1880) and Mary H. (1816-1887) Webb and their family came to this area of the Peters Colony in 1844. Within a year, the couple led in the formation of a Methodist society, the first church organized in Dallas County. A log structure, known as Webb Chapel, that also served as the first school of this growing settlement, was built in 1846. The churchyard became a cemetery when the Webbs'seven-year-old daughter, Alice, fell ill and died in 1847. The Webb family and many other north Texas pioneers and their descendants are buried at this site that today is administered by the Webb Chapel Cemetery Association
Historic Texas Cemetery 2002

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Farmers Branch TX - Farmers Branch Keenan Cemetery
Farmers Branch Keenan Cemetery
2570 Valley View Lane
Photo courtesy Clint Skinner, June 2019

Historical Marker: 2600 block Valley View Lane, Farmers Branch
Keenan Cemetery
Thomas (1808 - 1879) and Sarah McCallister Keenan (1807 - 1872) came to this area as members of the Peters Colony in 1842. When their two-month-old son, John, died on November 11, 1843, they buried him at this site, establishing one of the earliest cemeteries in present-day Dallas County. The large number of early infant graves are testimony to the hardships endured by the area's pioneer settlers. Thomas and Sarah Keenan and many of their descendants are buried here. The area's first Baptist Church, Union Baptist, was organized in the Keenans' log cabin in 1846 by the Rev. David Myers, who was buried here in 1853.

The church, which erected a sanctuary nearby, was closely associated with the cemetery and in a deed executed by John R. West conveying 1.5 acres to the church in 1875 the cemetery was legally set aside. The Farmers Branch (Keenan) Cemetery Association was established in 1938 to maintain the grounds. The cemetery covers three acres and contains about 600 marked and an estimated 100 - 200 unmarked grave sites. Among the people buried here are many of the area's earliest settlers and their descendants and verterans of conflicts ranging from the Civil War to the Vietnam Conflict.
1994

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Peter's Colony Texas Centennial marker
"Site of Texian Land and Emigration Company" centennial marker
Farmers Branch City Hall
corner of Pepperwood and W. M. Dodson Pkwy
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, June 2010
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Farmers Branch TX Rawhide Creek
Rawhide Creek
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Farmers Branch TX - Gussie Field Watterworth Park
Gussie Field Watterworth Park
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Farmers Branch TX - Rose Garden
Rose Garden
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Farmers Branch TX - Farmers Branch Firehouse Theatre
Farmers Branch Firehouse Theatre
Photo courtesy Clint Skinner, June 2019


Farmers Branch TX Farmers Market
Farmers Market
Photo courtesy Clint Skinner, June 2019

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