Dallas Texas: Fun Things to Do

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Dallas Texas

Dallas  is a major city in the state of Texas and is the largest urban center of the fourth most populous metropolitan area in the United States. The city proper ranks ninth in the U.S. and third in Texas after Houston and San Antonio. It is part of the huge metro- complex and  is the largest economic center of the 12-county Dallas–Fort Worth–Arlington metropolitan area (commonly referred to as DFW). 

Preceded by thousands of years of varying indigenous cultures, the Caddo people inhabited the area before Spanish colonists claimed the territory of Texas in the 18th century as a part of the Viceroyalty of New Spain. Later, France also claimed the area but never established much settlement.

In 1819, the Adams-Onís Treaty between the United States and Spain defined the Red River as the northern boundary of New Spain, officially placing the future location of the area well within Spanish territory. The area remained under Spanish rule until 1821, when Mexico declared independence from Spain, and the area was considered part of the Mexican state of Coahuila y Tejas. In 1836, the Republic of Texas, with majority Anglo-American settlers, gained independence from Mexico to become a distinct nation.

In 1839, Warren Angus Ferris surveyed the area around present-day Dallas. John Neely Bryan established a permanent settlement near the Trinity River named Dallas in 1841. The Republic of Texas was annexed by the United States in 1845 and Dallas County was established the following year. This  was formally incorporated  on February 2, 1856.

With the arrival of the railord in the mid 1870’s Dallas bcame a thriving business and market center.  French, German, Swiss and English immigrants, which were highly skilled and cultured settled in and  gave  the area a cosmopolitan feel unmatched on the rural frontier.

Dallas Shopping Centers

Today, this city boasts more shopping centers per capita than any other U.S. city and his home to America’s oldest shopping center, Highland Park Village.

  • Galleria
  • North Park Center
  • West village
  • Mockingbird Station
  • Farmers Market…located own is one of the largest open air markets in the contry

Dallas Entertainment Districts

  • Art District
  • Fair Park
  • Deep Ellum
  • Main Street
  • Greenville Avenue
  • Knox-Henderson
  • Uptown
  • west Village
  • West End
  • Oaklawn
  • Mockingbird Station
  • Bishop Arts Center
  • Latino Cultural Center

Dallas Professional Sports Teams

  • Cowboys (NFL)
  • Mavericks (NBA)
  • Stars (NHL)
  • Desperados (AFL)
  • FC Dallas (MLS)
  • Texas Rangers (MLB)

The  Area Rapid Transit System and the Trinity River Express provides transportation systems to the area.

This great city  is also home to numerous parks, lakes, museums and cultural attractions,  Stop and Visit Dallas on your next vacation.  You won’t be disappointed.

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Prairies and Lakes March Events

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Prairie and Lakes Events Arlington March 31…Maverick Speaker Series: Jane Goodall…College Park Center at UT Arlington Belton Through March 12… Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race…www.bellcountymuseum.org March 12…Bell County Museum Great Garage Sale…www.bellcountymuseum.org March 12-18…Spring Break at the Bell County Museum…www.bellcountymuseum.org March 19…Discover Day with Charley Chisholm…www.bellcountymuseum.org March 19-20… Sami Show Marketplace…Bell County Expo Center […]

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