Welcome to our Spotlight Series where we will be sharing something FAB about cities in our great D.FW…starting from A-Z.
19th Stop: Highland Park
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- The Town of Highland Park is located approximately 3 miles north of the center of Dallas.
- The Town was incorporated in 1913.
- The Town is 2.26 square miles in size.
- Highland Park has approximately 8,900 residents.
- The Town was named “Highland Park” because of its higher elevation compared to the surrounding area and because 20% of developed land was reserved for park space.
- One of the oldest Christmas Traditions in Dallas County is the annual lighting of The Big Pecan Tree.
- The Town is approximately 2 miles from Love Field Airport.
- Highland Park is located approximately 30 minutes from DFW International Airport.
The Big Pecan Tree
A true treasure in Highland Park is the grand old pecan tree on Armstrong Parkway at Preston Road. This mammoth tree is approximately 75 feet wide by 75 feet tall and is over 140 years old.
When developing the town years later, it is reported that Hugh Prather, Sr. was offered a million dollars for a lot that would include the pecan tree. His sons-in-law, Edgar Flippin and Hugh Prather, hired the noted city planner George E. Kessler to design a parkway to protect the tree and provide it with a place of honor at the entrance of town
And because of the story, it became known as the “Million Dollar Monarch. The first lighting of the pecan tree occurred during the Christmas holidays in 1927. The tree has been adorned with lights every holiday season since, except during World War II and during the 1973 energy crisis. The lighting of the tree is recognized as the oldest community tree lighting tradition in Dallas County.
Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
Million Dollar Monarch
The walkability and safety of the city’s tree-lined streets, zealously patrolled by the town’s police force. And, of course, the private-school-quality education at public-school prices that Highland Park ISD provides its students.
GOOD TO KNOW
The western edge of Highland Park falls outside the boundaries of the Highland Park school district, which is why you’ll see home prices drop significantly from one side of the Dallas North Tollway to the other. Still ain’t cheap.
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