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Dallas County


DALLAS, TEXAS

Dallas County Seat, Central Texas N

32°46'33"N 96°47'48"W (32.775833, -96.796667)
I-20, I-30, I-35E, I-45
Hwys 75, 77, 80 & 175

30 miles E of Fort Worth
238 miles N of Houston
192 miles N of Austin
271 miles N of San Antonio
617 miles E of El Paso
Population: 1,223,804 (2010)

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Dallas History

(From Historical Marker located at City Hall Plaza, Young and Ervay Sts. (facing Young St.) in Dallas )

City of Dallas

Pioneer John Neely Bryan (1810 - 1877) settled on the banks of the Trinity River just west of this site in 1841. A town he called Dallas grew up around his cabin. Chosen as county seat four years after the creation of Dallas County in 1846, the City of Dallas was incorporated in 1856, with Dr. Sam B. Pryor serving as first Mayor. Although John Neely Bryan had anticipated that river navigation would lead to growth for the city, it was the arrival of the Houston and Texas Central Railroad in 1872 and the Texas and Pacific Rail Line the following year that helped to establish Dallas as a major commercial center. By 1890, Dallas was the state's most populous city. Wheat and cotton production provided impetus for continued growth. Insurance and banking also contributed to the city's prosperity, and its selection as the site for a regional Federal Reserve Bank in 1914 was an economic milestone. Following the discovery of oil in East Texas in 1930, Dallas banks concentrated on providing financial services for that industry. Noted throughout its history for aggressive civic leaders, Dallas won the right to host the Texas Centennial Exposition in 1936.
Texas Sesquicentennial 1836 - 1986

Dallas Historic Landmarks, Attractions & Neighborhoods

 "Old Red" Courthouse, Dallas, Texas

The 1892 Dallas County Courthouse "Old Red"
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark

Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, February 2008

  • Dallas County Courthouse
  • Dallas County Jail
  • Freedman's Cemetery
  • Greenwood Cemetery
  • Emanuel Cemetery
  • Dealey Plaza
  • Weeping Angel, Grove Hill Cemetery
  • The Magnolia Building c. 1921
  • Dallas Theaters
  • Dallas Through the Lens of C. DeWaun Simmons
  • State of Texas Building - Texas Centennial Expo
  • The Six Ladies of Fair Park, Hall of State
  • Dallas Union Station
  • Dallas' "Deep Ellum" Historical District
  • Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden
  • Oasis, Texas
  • Alpha, Texas
  • WPA Murals by Peter Hurd in Dallas Terminal Annex Building
  • Big Tex: Son of Santa
  • Dallas Hotels - Book Here
  • Fair park

    Fair Park by Clint Skinner

    Dallas Stories
    People
  • Forgotten founder of Dallas by Clay Coppedge
    Warren Angus Ferris, Pioneer Texas Surveyor and Founder of Dallas County

  • Sharon Tate: Recollection by Debra Tate, Foreword by Roman Polanski. Review by Kirk Bane
  • Sunday, Nov. 24, 1963 by Mike Cox
  • Boy Captive becomes Department Store Draw by Mike Cox
    To attract shoppers to their big downtown store, Sanger Brothers would have on hand for meeting and greeting customers a man who as a youth had been captured by Comanches.
  • Linda Darnell by Archie P. McDonald
    The brief but brilliant life of actress Linda Darnell began in Dallas on October 16, 1923...
  • Ela Hockaday More Than a School Omarm by Archie P. McDonald
    Founder of the Miss Hockaday School for Girls in Dallas
  • The Hat Story by Mike Cox
    When Mrs. Jane Greenwood set out to write her autobiography in 1965, she knew she had to tell the hat story.
  • John Hardman by Clint Skinner
    Producer, puppeteer
  • Bette Nesmith Cartoon by Roger T. Moore
    Invented liquid paper in 1956

    Aviation Event
  • Vin Fiz Flyer by Clay Coppedge
    One of the first great aviation events in Texas

    WWI
  • Kaiser Cows - Bovine Saboteurs of WWI by Mike Cox
    At least twice these destroyers of government property succeeded in their designs, grounding two of the Army’s training planes at Love Field in Dallas.

    Miscellaneous
  • The Cotton Bowl by Archie P. McDonald
  • Dallas Vice by Clay Coppedge
  • Why Hasn't Dallas Placed a Historical Marker Here? by Bill Cherry
    There is a historic site in Dallas that isn’t noted on Google, and I couldn’t find any mention of the man who built from scratch what became an iconic and copied men’s barber shop.

    Dallas Texas Forum
    Dallas Hotels - Book Here
  • Popular Day Trips/Weekend Getaways from Dallas
    Dallas County - Towns & Ghost Towns
    Dallas County - Vintage Maps
       
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  • Featured Texas Trip from Dallas
  • Weatherfore, Mineral Wells, Palo Pinto

  • Dallas Tourist Information
  • Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau - http://www.dallascvb.com/
    1201 Elm Street, Suite 2000 Dallas, Texas 75270
    Events Hotline: 214-571-1301
    Information Center: 214-571-1300
    Toll Free: 1-800-232-5527
  • Dallas Chamber of Commerce - http://www.dallaschamber.org/
  • Dallas Hotels - Book Here


  • Small Business Partners
  • Dallas Transmission Repair
    Trusted transmission repair experts with four Dallas area locations
    www.thetransmissionshop.com
  • Wild4Wigs - Wigs & Hair Extensions
    Dallas, TX (214) 783-9381
    www.wild4wigs.com/
    1-9-14 - 7-9-14
  • TX Store Fixtures
    Dallas, Texas store fixtures, display cases and slatwall.
    2707 N. Stemmons Fwy Ste 190 Dallas, TX 75207 (469) 277-2710

    http://www.txstorefixtures.com
  • Shaad Bidiwala MD
    Dallas Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery
    Call 972-566-4401
    http://txminimallyinvasivespine.com
    1-19-14 - 7-19-14
  • Diamond Treasures Inc
    N Stemmons Fwy #7094 Dallas, TX 75207
    (214) 749-1145 2050
    http://diamond-treasures.com
    1-1-14 to 7-1-14
  • Stat Courier Service
    Fast, reliable Dallas Courier
    972-479-9260
    http://www.statcourierservice.com/
    5-5-15
  • Rodent Removal Specialists
    Masters Services
    11245 Goodnight Ln #35, Dallas, TX 75229, (972) 877-4650
    https://mastersservices.com/dallas-texas/rodent-control-removal/
    3-28-16
  • Dallas Defensive Driving
    Get your ticket dismissed
    Online defensive driving course
    http://www.comedyguys.com/defensive-driving-classes-texas/dallas-defensive-driving/
    2-2-17
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