The History of Dallas, TX

Dallas, TX lies on the Trinity River in North Central Texas. Since it is situated at the heart of Dallas County, it is doubtlessly one of the most booming economies in Texas.

The city of Dallas was pioneered by John Neely Bryan in 1841. As he explored this area, he decided to settle on the eastern bank of the Trinity River next to a natural ford.  He picked this strategic location because he found it was suitable as a trading center for people who would eventually come to the region.

The natural ford he settled next tow was the intersection between tow Indian traces, and it was the only reliable crossing point in the area. However, two highways converged in the area after a few years, and people no longer used the ford as the crossing point.

Bryan had no idea that the land he had settled in belonged to the Texan Land Immigration Department. However, the efforts to evict him were futile, as he was able to legalize his claim after a long legal battle.

In the early 1840s, settlers were attracted to this area, and the population eventually grew. A developer known as J.P Dumas surveyed this area and came up with a town site plan that consisted of a half mile square of buildings and streets.


Nobody knows the origin of the name Dallas. However, some of the most ideal candidates include Mifflin Dallas who was the vice president of the United States in 1845-1849, his brother Alexander J. Dallas who was a key person in the United States Navy, and Joseph Dallas. These individuals had settled near the town, and researchers point out a possibility that the city was named after one of them.

Dallas County was formed in 1846, and Dallas was named the temporary county seat. Despite the successes that the town had achieved through the years, it was granted a town charter in 1856 and DR. Samuel Pryor became the first mayor.

The city quickly became the service centre for all the rural areas around it. By late 1850, this town had a drugstore, a shoe shop, an insurance agency, brickyards, dry-wood shops, and most notably, a weekly newspaper.

In the 20th century, the city kept growing. By 1950, Dallas had become one of the most important economic hubs in the United States. With the entry of technology companies such as Ling-Temp-Vought (LTV Corporation, Dallas was named the third largest technology city in the United States.

Soon after, more companies came in and invested heavily in the city. Skyscrapers started coming up, and the overhaul look of this once quiet town changed started changing gradually. By 1990, the population stood at over one million people.

Today, Dallas is an important economic hub of the United States. It is also one of the places that preserve the rich history of the country. With a population of over 1.3 million people, there is no doubt that this city is a fast growing city with a bright future for generations to come.

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