Welcome to our Spotlight Series where we will be sharing something FAB about cities in our great D.FW…starting from A-Z.
16th Stop: Grand Prairie
Right in the heart of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex lies the city of Grand Prairie, one of the best cities in Texas according to Money magazine (2008). If you’re on a road trip and looking for places to visit in Texas, or planning a Texas-sized family vacation, Grand Prairie has something for you.
When it comes to family-friendly fun, Grand Prairie, Texas, is a top-ranked destination and one of the best places to travel with family. If you’re wondering about where to find fun things to do in the Dallas, we know where to look. In Grand Prairie, you’ll discover the best in Texas tourist attractions, sporting events, arts and music, nightlife, and shopping – all in one place.
Conveniently located just minutes from DFW International Airport, Grand Prairie offers easy access to both Dallas and Fort Worth. Stay in one of many Grand Prairie hotels, and you’re just a few minutes’ drive from dozens of Dallas tourist attractions, including Six Flags Over Texas, the Ballpark at Arlington, and Cowboys Stadium.
10 Facts About Grand Prairie:
Grand Prairie is actually located in three separate counties. It is a suburb of Fort Worth as well as of Dallas.
In 1863 Grand Prairie was established by Alexander McRae Dechman, and was named Dechman in his honor. Dechman eventually traded half of the acreage he had named as a township to the T&P Railroad to ensure that they would put tracks through his town.
The town of Grand Prairie was renamed from Dechman to Grand Prairie due to confusion at the Postal Service offices. The T&P Railroad owned half the land in this town and they noted it as being located in the grand prairie of Texas between Dallas and Fort Worth. In 1909 the town was officially renamed.
Selena Gomez was born in Grand Prairie. Selena is both a singer and an actress.
Billy Miller of the Young and the Restless is from Grand Prairie. Billy Miller has been the recipient of a Daytime Emmy for his work on this show.
Kerry Woods of baseball is from Grand Prairie. He is a major league pitcher.
Grand Prairie ranks as the fifteenth most populated city in this state.
The author Larry D. Alexander is from Grand Prairie. Mr. Alexander is also known for his art works.
Grand Prairie has a Christmas light display that is more than two miles long and has over three million lights in it.
Johnson Creek, which flows through Grand Prairie is responsible for the regular floods that besiege this city. The channel has recently been straightened which has reduced the damage.
For more information about Grand Prairie and other communities within our exciting Dallas Metro, contact us at 214.769.2142.