Dallas History

Dallas has grown from a town of two cabins to a city of more than a million people and sees even more progress and growth in the coming years. You will see how much this city has to offer during your visit to the city. Here are some important dates in the history of Dallas Texas TX.
1839, John Neely Bryan visited the soon to be named Dallas area.

In April of 1842 John Beeman arrived and planted his first corn.

In 1845 Dallas became a part of the state of Texas.

In 1856 Dallas was incorporated as a town and Samuel Pryor was elected the first mayor.

Two thousand people lived in Dallas by 1860.

On July 16, 1872, the first passenger train, the Houston and Texas Central arrived and in 1873, the Texas and Pacific came, with the population growing from 3,000 in early 1872 to more than 7,000.

Floods occurred in 1844, 1866, 1871 and 1890, but none were as disastrous as the flood of 1908. Five people die and four thousand were homeless The damages were estimated at $2.5 million.

After rebuilding World War I brought Dallas to the forefront of aviation.

By 1931, more than 18,000 people were unemployed in the Dallas area.

In 1930, Columbus Marion “Dad” Joiner struck oil 100 miles east of Dallas, which led to the oil boom and Dallas was in a position to benefit from this.

By 1974, more than 626 companies, including Texas Instruments, EDS, and Mary Kay Cosmetics Inc., were headquartered in the Dallas area. The opening of the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport in 1974 helped the city to become even more prosperous and attract even more companies to the city.

In 1960, Dallas had two professional football teams: the Dallas Cowboys and the Dallas Texans. In 1962, the Texans were moved to Kansas City, but the Dallas Cowboys remain until this day.

November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested for the murder and two days later he was killed by Jack Ruby a Dallas nightclub owner.

In 1970, the Kennedy Memorial was erected, and in 1989, the Sixth Floor Museum opened.