Spotlight – Carrollton!

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Sixth Stop: Carrollton!

Located in the heart of the Dallas-Fort Worth area, the City of Carrollton is a vibrant corporate and residential community. The City’s location and business cost advantages attract and support a diverse local economy with over 9,000 businesses calling Carrollton home. Residents are drawn to the City for its high quality of life, abundant parks, schools and safe neighborhoods.

Connection

Carrollton is connected not only by transit options such as rail and highways; it is also connected in that family and friends feel rooted here. The City is connected to its past and history; it is connected to the Dallas- Fort Worth Metroplex

Convenience

Located 20 minutes from everything, including shopping, restaurants, nightlife and proximity to major U.S. cities. In addition, it is convenient and easy to do business with the City, whether a resident or developer.

Community

A big City that feels like a small town, a place where neighbors know and care about each other, where family, community and church still come first and where people continue to look out for each other.

Seven Great Reasons why someone would want to live in Carrolton:

  1. Many leading industries are headquartered nearby
  2. Top-Rated Schools
  3. Affordable cost of living
  4. Carrolton neighbors D/FW
  5. Mild weather
  6. Public Transportation is available
  7. Plenty to do!

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Rosemeade Rainforest Aquatic Complex

Mary Heads Carter Park

Indian Creek Golf Club

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Spotlight – Benbrook!

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Fifth Stop: Benbrook!

Benbrook is located in the southwestern corner of Tarrant County and is a suburb of Fort Worth. Benbrook retains its small-town appeal, while located only minutes from regional attractions such as Fort Worth’s cultural and historic districts, and Granbury’s shopping opportunities.

Embracing the northern shoreline of Benbrook Lake, Benbrook affords outstanding leisure and recreational amenities, acres of lush parkland, and family-friendly festivals & events.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Established by settlers from Tennessee and other southern states about 1857 and originally called Miranda. In 1876 the Texas and Pacific Railway extended its tracks through the area. The community was renamed for James M. Benbrook, a native of Indiana, who had come to Tarrant County about 1874 and played an important part in persuading the Texas and Pacific officials to build their line through the site. Benbrook opened a post office in 1880. The local school registered sixty-four students and employed one teacher during the 1905–06 term. By the middle 1920s, when its first population statistics were reported, only twenty persons lived in Benbrook, a number that remained constant through the following decade. The onset of the World War II brought an increase in the population, which was 100 in the late 1940s and 617 a decade later. By 1957 the town had twenty businesses. The completion of Benbrook Reservoir in the early 1950s contributed to the community’s development. Benbrook grew along with the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

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Spotlight – Burleson!

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Fourth Stop: Burleson!

Burleson is appealing to many because of its easy proximity to the Metroplex; a family-oriented environment; an outstanding school system; plentiful affordable land; more than 28 square miles of rolling hills, lakes and parks; and, it’s one of the fastest growing and desirable communities in the Metroplex. Burleson currently has more than 290,000 residents within a 10-mile radius.

The community is within 30 minutes of at least 6 hospitals, including a pediatric hospital and a trauma center. The school district consistently brings in SAT and ACT scores that are higher than the state and national averages. Burleson also boasts a branch campus of Hill College. The city is home to over a dozen parks on approximately 300 acres. And, Burleson has its own municipal golf course, Hidden Creek Golf Course, which is renowned in the Metroplex. The city is also home to more than 30 churches of all denominations.

Burleson provides housing for everyone from a CEO to a retired couple or a student just starting out on their own. You’re never at a loss for a great place to eat and shop with everything from the big-name chain retail outlets and restaurants to the small business operations that thrive on local support. The icing on the cake is a low crime rate, highly trained public safety employees, and a dedicated municipal staff that responds to the citizens’ needs.

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History – The Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad, known as “the Katy”, extended its service from Denison to Waco. In 1881 the segment from Fort Worth to Alvarado was being laid out, and a midway depot was needed. Grenville M. Dodge, representing the railroad, purchased land for the depot and a town surrounding it from Rev. Henry C. Renfro at the site of what is now called “Old Town” Burleson. As part of the agreement, Renfro named the town Burleson, in honor of his teacher Rufus Columbus Burleson, the president of Baylor University. The first lot was sold on October 10, 1881, the date now considered to be the “founding day” of the city!

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Spotlight – Allen!

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Third Stop: ALLEN, TEXAS

The original township of Allen was laid out according to the Houston and Texas Central Railroad (H&TC), constructed in 1872. In 1918, the H&TC built a combination freight/passenger depot in the Allen Central Business District. The first train robbery in Texas took place in Allen on February 22, 1878, when Sam Bass and his associates pillaged the train. Today’s Allen Heritage Center and Museum is a replica of that original depot. It is the home of the Allen Heritage Guild whose mission is to ensure tomorrow’s heritage by recording past and current milestones for the city. The City of Allen incorporated in 1953 and has experienced many growth spurts over the last 60 years bringing the population from as low as 400 to its current inhabitants of close to 86,000.

Today, there are so many reasons to love Allen. You can shop at the Allen Premium Outlets, catch a concert or sporting event at the Allen Event Center, shop or eat at Watters Creek, have the kids splash around at Celebration Park or visit Top Golf for a fun day with friends and family. 

The following are some of Allen’s most notable residents!

BURTON GILLIAM- Best known for his role in “Blazing Saddles,” Gilliam retired to Allen in 2001. He has appeared in more than 80 films and television shows and occasionally works with Allen City Television.

CARLY PATTERSON-The 2004 Olympic all-around champion and a member of the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame, Patterson moved to Allen while still training for the Olympics. Allen hosted a citywide parade in her honor after she won the gold medal. Now an aspiring singer, she has performed at various events within and around Allen.

AMANDA DUNBAR-One of the most internationally known young artists of today, Dunbar moved to Allen with her family when she was only 12. Dunbar was the youngest woman to be honored with induction into the Texas Woman’s Hall of Fame. Dunbar painted Allen’s “Old Stone Dam,” which can be viewed in the Allen City Hall rotunda.

JIM PARRACK-Best known for his role as Hoyt Fortenberry in the HBO series “True Blood,” Parrack grew up in Allen. He also appeared in the film “Battle: Los Angeles” and has had numerous guest appearances on network television shows, including “Grey’s Anatomy,” “ER” and “Criminal Minds.”

MATT BARR-Born in Allen, Barr is best known for his roles in television shows such as “Commander in Chief,” “One Tree Hill” and “Harper’s Island.” He currently has a recurring role in the CWs “Hellcats.”

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Spotlight – Addison!

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Addison History – The Town of Addison is located in an area once called Peters Colony. It was settled as early as 1846 when Preston Witt and his wife built a house on White Rock Creek. The area was not known as Addison until 1902.

Addison was named after Addison Robertson, who served as the community’s second postmaster from 1908-1916. In 1902, the first industry was introduced to Addison when a cotton gin was built on Addison Road, near the railroad, by the Pistole brothers. It became the Plano Cotton Oil Mill in 1904 and the Farmers Gin of Addison in 1919.

Located on Belt Line Road is the Addison School Building which was built in 1914. In 1954, the school was annexed and became a part of the Dallas Independent School District. The school, which was closed in 1964, now serves as the Addison Magic Time Machine Restaurant.

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TODAY – Visitors in Addison can plan a trip to the nearby museums and historic sites. Among these are the Farmers Branch Historical Park, Cavanaugh Flight Museum, Water Tower Theatre, the Dallas Children’s Museum and the Little Chapel-in-the-Woods, a mid-20th century chapel designed by O’Neil Ford and considered to be among the finest buildings in the state. In addition, the town hosts annual celebrations like ArtFest, ITALIA, North Texas Jazz Festival, Oktoberfest, Kaboom-town and Taste Addison.

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Spotlight – Arlington!

Welcome to our Spotlight Series where we will be sharing something FAB about cities in our great D.FW…starting from A-Z.

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Arlington– Did you know – Before Las Vegas, it was Arlington! Arlington was the largest gambling destination in the country in the ‘30s and ‘40s.  An illegal casino drawing in guests such as Al Capone, Bonnie & Clyde, Clark Gable and Mae West was operated in Arlington as “Top O’ Hill Terrace.” It is now Arlington Baptist University.

Now –  It’s home to the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA), whose campus has a modern planetarium. In River Legacy Parks, trails cut through hardwood forest rich in wildlife. The park also has the River Legacy Living Science Center, with aquariums, terrariums and interactive exhibits. The Dallas Cowboys football team plays at AT&T Stadium, which also hosts concerts.

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