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MANSFIELD, TEXAS

Tarrant/Johnson/Ellis Counties, North Central Texas
On Hwy 287
Just S of Arlington
16 miles SE of Ft. Worth
Population: 29,280 (2010) 28,031 (2000) 15,615 (1990)

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History in a Pecan Shell

The town's name is an amalgam of the manes of Ralph Man and Julian Feild. These two had the first steam-powered grist mill in the region and the town grew up around the mill. Originally the town was Mansfeild, but somewhere in time became the spelling changed to the more conventional Mansfield. Feild was a Captain in the Confederacy and milled flour for the southern troops. After the war, he landed a government contract to supply the string of forts built to protect settlers.

In 1869, a coeducational college was formed by a John Collier. The population grew from 400 in 1884 to 1,000 in 1927 and the depression found barely over 600 living there in 1933.

Mansfield's downtown section received a renovation in the early 1970s thanks to the cooperative efforts of the town's leaders and graduate students of the University of Texas at Arlington's Institute of Urban Studies.

Joe Pool Lake, Cedar Hill Park, Texas
Joe Pool Lake
Photo courtesy John Stankewitz
Area Recreation
  • Joe Pool Lake
    Joe Pool Lake is a 7, 400-acre impoundment with a 64 mile shoreline that serves as a reservoir for Midlothian. The northeastern corner is in the city limits of Dallas, and most of the remainder is in Grand Prairie, but the lake also touches city limits of Cedar Hill, Mansfield, and Midlothian.
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  • Mansfield Area Chamber of Commerce
    116 N. Main St. Mansfield, TX 76063
    Phone: (817) 473-0507
  • Mansfield Economic Development
    301 S. Main St., Suite 100 Mansfield, Texas 76063
    Phone: (817) 453-1006
  • City of Mansfield
    http://www.mansfield-texas.com/
  • Mansfield Texas Forum

  • Subject: Texas historic trees
    I've been stuck on your website for hours. ... I live in Mansfield,Texas, actually about six miles north of old downtown Mansfield. I've lived here since 1963 in an area that years ago was called the Bisbee Courts. There are Cottonwood trees that are over 100 feet tall and have to be at least a couple hundred years old, by far the largest trees in the whole Fort Worth, Dallas area. ..... The Bisbee courts was actually a stage coach stop in the old days with rooms to rent. This place has several water wells and an underground spring that has ran for years. Rumor has it that Bonnie and Clyde even stayed here. ..... - David, May 20, 2002

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