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CEDAR HILL, TEXAS

Dallas County, Ellis County, Central Texas North

32 35' 18" N, 96 56' 50" W (32.588333, -96.947222)

Hwy 67
16 miles SW of Dallas downtown
SW of Duncanville
NW of Glenn Heights and Ovilla
W of DeSoto
E of Grand Prairie
N of Midlothian
NW of Waxahachie Ellis County seat
ZIP codes 75104, 75106
Area codes 214, 469, 972
Population: 49,148 (2020)
45,028 (2010) 32,093 (2000) 19,976 (1990)

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Joe Pool Lake, Cedar Hill Park, Texas
Joe Pool Lake
Photo courtesy John Stankewitz

History in a Pecan Shell

CEDAR HILL, TX
Cedar Hill is on U.S. Highway 67 and the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway, two miles north of the Ellis county line in the rolling hills of southwestern Dallas County. It was founded in the 1850s. A branch of the Chisholm Trail once passed through the area, connecting with the main trail near Fort Worth. A post office was opened at Cedar Hill in 1852. In 1897 the name was changed to Cedarhill, but by 1900 residents had reverted to the old spelling. In 1856 a tornado hit the tiny community, destroying most of its buildings and homes and claiming the lives of nine people. In 1890 the population had grown to 500. By 1915 Cedar Hill had three churches, two banks, and a number other businesses and professional services. In the 1980s the population grew dramatically, especially after 1989 when Joe Pool Lake opened nearby. Northwood Institute, founded in Michigan, moved to Cedar Hill in 1966. In 1990 Cedar Hill had a population of 19,988, and in 2000 the city had 32,093 inhabitants and 786 business establishments.

Carlton Stowers, "Cedar Hill, TX (Dallas County)," Handbook of Texas Online, accessed February 06, 2023, https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/cedar-hill-tx-dallas-county. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.



Cedar Hill, Texas Chronicles

  • The post office at Cedar Hill had only been open four short years when a tornado blew through town in 1856.
    See Cedar Hill Tornado - 1856 by Marlene Bradford

  • An Encore Bank Robbery
    In slightly more resent times, Cedar Hill's downtown bank was robbed by Ray Hamilton, sometime member of the Parker-Barrow gang. Shortly after the robbery, a reporter learned that some of the money was retained by the bank due to the efforts of a shrewd teller who hid the money under his teller's cage window. The story made the news and since the gang loved reading about themselves, Ray performed an encore, relieving the teller of all his money (and probably his new employee-of-the-month badge).



  • Cedar Hill, Texas Attractions

  • Cedar Hill State Park
    Situated on the Eastern Shore of Joe Pool Lake and north of the city of Cedar Hill. Nearly 2,000 acres of forested land (including cedars) gives credence to the town's name.

  • 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.

  • Penn Farm Agricultural History Center: 972-291-3900

  • The Cedar Hill Chamber of Commerce
    300 Houston St. (corner of Houston and Texas) 972-291-7817
    Website: www.cedarhillchamber.org
    The city's participation in the Main Street Cities Program, shows that restoration and preservation are high priorities.

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  • Dallas County TX 1940s Map
    1940s map showing Cedar Hill in SW Dallas County near Ellis County line
    From Texas state map #4335
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office

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    Cedar Hill, Texas Area Towns & Cities:
    Dallas Dallas County seat
    Waxahachie Ellis County seat
    Duncanville
    Glenn Heights
    Ovilla
    DeSoto
    Grand Prairie
    Midlothian
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