A Little Bit of Dallas County History

In addition to the table below, Dallas County history can also be found at:


Year Town Event
1846 Dallas Co. Created on March 30 by TX Legislature from portions of Robertson & Nacagdoches counties.
Farmers Branch Webb's Chapel is the first church built in the new Co.
1849 Dallas Co.'s first newspaper, Cedar Snag (later called Dallas Herald
1852 Cedar Hill Post office is established
1856 Cedar Hill Tornado devastates town
1860 Dallas Most of downtown is destroyed by fire
1861 Dallas Co. Vote by 3 to 1 to secede from the Union
1862 Lancaster Pistol factory is established
1867 Grand Prairie Established
1872 Dallas Houston & Texas Central RR arrives
Dallas Bethel African American Methodist Church one of first black churches in Co. is organized
1873 Mesquite Texas & Pacific RR creates as a station; stationmaster Major William Bradfield is 1st resident
Richardson Town named in honor of the RR contractor, E.H. Richardson
Dallas Temple Emanu-El is the first Jewish congregation established
1876 Seago Tiny hamlet of Seago is born named after T.K. Seago.
1880 DeSoto Post Office established, named for Dr. Thomas Hernando DeSoto
1886 Lancaster Incorporated
1887 Oak Cliff Thomas L. Marsalis begins development
Mesquite Incorporated
Carrollton When Missouri-Kansas-Texas RR is constructed residents of Trinity Mills move several miles north to form new town
1888 Dallas The Hams (Texas Baseball League) win championship
1890 Dallas Fire destroys County Courthouse and a well being dug on Courthouse Sq. was a gusher
1891 Garland Duck Creek and Embree merge to form the town of Garland
1898 Dallas Co. 175 Dallas troops leave for service in Cuba following the outbreak of the Spanish-American War
1899 Dallas Co. The first privately-owned car in Co. is driven by Ned Green from Terrell to Dallas
1900 Dallas First high school football team in TX formed at Dallas High School
1902 Addison Noell's Junction is renamed Addison after postmaster Addison Robertson
Irving Established
1903 Oak Cliff Citizens vote for annexation to Dallas
1904 Irving Post Office established
1910 Seagoville Post Office adds ville to Seago
1913 Highland Park Incorporated
Carrollton Incorporated
1914 Irving Incorporated
1915 Dallas Southern Methodist Univ. (SMU) opens
1917 Dallas Refugees from Mexican Civil War immigrate to Dallas
Dallas Love Field is established as army air training base
1918 Dallas U.S. Army establishes an aviation boot camp at Fair Park, called Camp Dick
Dallas Co. Influenza epidemic closes many public places
1924 University Park Incorporated
1925 Seagoville Now has electricity
1926 Richardson Incorporated
1927 Dallas City purchases Love Field for municipal airport
1929 Garland Tornado devastates Garland
1930 Dallas Construction of Fair Park Stadium begins
1932 Dallas Resident Babe Didrikson wins AAU women's track team championship
1939 Preston Hollow Incorporated
1941 Grand Prairie North American Aviation constructs factory to meet the need for military aircraft used during WW II
1943 Dallas Co. Begins war rationing
Dallas Co. Polio epidemic force closing of public swimming pools and movie theaters
1945 Preston Hollow Residents vote to merge with Dallas
University Park Residents vote to remain independent from Dallas
Highland Park Residents vote to remain independent from Dallas
1947 Duncanville Incorporated
1948 DeSoto Incorporated
1952 Dallas Big Tex makes his first appearance at State Fair
1953 Addison Incorporated
1958 Mesquite Mesquite Championship Rodeo is founded
1959 Mesquite Big Town Mall opens as first enclosed mall in the Southwest
1960 Dallas Dallas Cowboys football team is formed
1963 Dallas President John F. Kennedy is assassinated while riding in motorcade in downtown Dallas
1971 Dallas Resident Lee Trevino wins both U.S. and British Open Golf championships
Irving Texas Stadium, new home of Dallas Cowboys is built
1972 Irving Dallas Cowboys win their first Super Bowl title
Dallas Major league baseball comes to North Texas ... the Texas Rangers
1974 Metroplex Dallas-Fort Worth Airport opens as World's largest airport
1980 Dallas The Dallas Mavericks basketball team is formed
Dallas Co. 42 days of 100-plus temperatures occur
1986 Dallas 100th anniversary of the State Fair of Texas and the state's sesquicentennial
1994 Lancaster Tornado devastes historic town square
1996 Dallas Co. Celebrates its sesquicentennial

Old Timey Names/Towns/Areas Connected with what is now Dallas County

Arcadia Park - Audelia

Bethard - Bethel - Bobwyn - Bouchard - Brown Hill

Cedarview - Centerville - Cole


Eagle Ford - Estelle

Florence Hill - Fruitdale

Gifford - Glenn Heights - Gribble



Kenwood - Kingswood

Lakeland Heights - Lakeview - Lawson - Ledbetter Hills - Liberty Grove - Lisbon


Naaman - New Hope


Patrick - Pleasant Run - Pleasant Valley

Rawlins - Red Bird Addition - Reinhardt (now the White Rock Lake Area; in 1885 sold the land for 2.00 an arce) - River Oaks - Rose Hill - Rylie

Sargent - Shady Grove - Shamrock - Shiloh - Sowers

Trinity Mills - Tripp

Vickery - Greenville Ave. runs through the heart of what used to be Vickery.

  • It was annexed into Dallas in 1945 and there used to be a large public swimming pool there called Vickery Public Pool as I recall. It lies to the north of Northwest Hwy, and east of North Park Mall. Alva Johnston
  • The Reynolds Presbyterian Orphanage (sometimes Home) was in that community which was torn down several decades ago. The Presbyterian Hospital is now on that site.
  • The unincorporated place of "Vickery Town", Dallas County, Texas, is located in 1930 in enumeration district [ED] 57-102, microfilm roll 2322. The Reynolds Presbyterian Orphanage is found on pages 10A-11B (four pages). The description of ED 57-102 is as follows: "JUSTICE PCT. 1 (PART) BOUNDED BY (NW) RICHARDSON RD.; (NE) WHITE ROCK CREEK; (S) DALLAS CITY LIMITS." [from the http://1930census.archives.gov site, searching on ED]. Sara Buntyn

Westwood Park - Wheatland - White Rock - Woodland Hills

Zacha Junction

Experience Dallas ... Getting Here and
What To Do With Your Family While You Research

While you're researching your roots, your family will have more than enough to keep them entertained. There are museums, a world-class concert hall, and the Dallas Music Hall which exist side by side with Six Flags Over Texas, the Midway at Fair Park, the Southwest Historical Wax Museum, and more. Depending on the season, we're the home of Dallas Cowboys football, Dallas Mavericks basketball, Texas Rangers baseball, Dallas Sidekicks soccer, or Dallas Stars hockey.

  • Dealey Plaza located Downtown - includes JFK Memorial, the "grassy knoll", and the 6th Floor Museum (Texas School Book Depository).


  • West End located Downtown - includes more than 100 restaurants, shops, and nightclubs.


  • Pioneer Plaza located Downtown (just down from library) - features the world’s largest bronze monument. This herd of Texas longhorn steers, driven by 3 cowboys, decends down a 450-ft trail.


  • Dallas Memorial Center for Holocaust Studies, 7900 Northaven Road, 214-750-4654, Hours: M-F 9 am-4:30 pm; Sun Noon-4 pm - a museum, library, and memorial.


  • Southfork Ranch located in Parker - the ranch made famous by the TV series.


  • Six Flags Over Texas located in Arlington - will be Halloween themed at this time of year.


  • Movie Studios at Las Colinas (a business site, but does give info on), 6301 N. O’Connor Rd, Irving - Go behind the scenes at a working motion picture and TV sound stage.


  • Shopping located everywhere - Within minutes of our hotel are the Galleria Mall, Prestonwood Mall, Valley View Mall, Northpark Mall, Richardson Square Mall, and Town East Mall. Also being built as we speak is the 2nd largest mall in the U.S.


  • Restaurants (just a few of the many) - this is a town that likes to eat out and you’ll find restaurants of every type, including several within walking distance of the hotel (which also has a restaurant).


  • Browse the Dallas Cityview web page for more about Dallas.


Flying to Dallas

For shuttle service from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) or Dallas Love Field Airport (Love), there are several choices:
  1. Super Shuttle - 1-800-258-3826: from DFW or Love
  2. Discount Shuttle - 1-214-361-7637: from DFW or Love
  3. Car Rental - available from DFW or Love

More History

  • Buckner Baptist Benevolences was where the Log Cabin of John Neely Brian was when R.C. Buckner purchased the property for the present day Buckner Baptist Benevolences on the corner of Buckner and Samuell Blvd and they later donated the cabin back to the city of Dallas. (Page 91 of book Life of R.C. Buckner). Buckner was started by R.C. Buckner as he rented a house on the corner of Junius Street and Haskell Avenue and opened Dec 2, 1879 for the Buckner Orphans Home. (page 89 of book Life of R. C. Buckner) R.C. Buckner "on September 25, 1880, took the Texas and Pacific train for Scyene Switch, ten miles east of Dallas. From this point he walked three miles to the home of Elder J. T. Pinson with the purpose of buying from him the ground on which to erect the Home buildings. He spent the evening pleasantly with Brother Pinson. Then just as he was leaving he stated his wish to buy the block of land containing 44 acres, seven miles east of Dallas. 'What is your price?' 'Seventeen dollars per acre.' 'I'll take it.'" - Nelda D. Crews

Dallas County Info Page
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Linda-Jeanne Dolby © 1996
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