Stop by Dallas, Texas and Find that Old Texan Delight on Your Journey
It's a place known for banking and commercialism, but it still carries that old Texan delight. Dallas, Texas has much to offer its residents and tourists. From family attractions to interesting historic sites, there╠s something for everyone.
Dallas is located on the Trinity River in Dallas County and is the county seat. Its population was estimated at 1,210,390 as of 2004, and it is the ninth largest city in the nation. Many people recognize the name of ¤DallasË from the long-running television series of the same name. ¤DallasË was filmed there from the 1970s through the 1990s. Dallas is also well-known for its popular football team Ď the Dallas Cowboys.
Cities that are near Dallas include Farmers Branch, University Park, Highland Park, Balch Springs and Cockrell Hill.
Dallas became the main center for cotton during the late 1800s. Then in the 1900s, Dallas began to form into a financial and banking center. The strike of oil in Dallas during the 1930s led to even more growth as more and more businesses and financial institutions were attracted to the area.
Dallas also offers many more museums for those who enjoy discovering history or art. Just to name a few Ď Sixth Floor Museum, Dallas Museum of Art, Nasher Sculpture Center and the Dallas Museum of Natural History. Nature and history combine at Old City Park (http://www.oldcitypark.org/), which is home to more than 37 historic buildings.
Other fun places to visit in Dallas include the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, Fair Park, Deep Ellum, Science Place, White Rock Lake Park, Reunion Tower Lookout and the Dallas Cotton Bowl Stadium.
Tourists are sure to love Dallas and will want to return again and again. To learn more about Dallas, Texas USA visit the city hall's official Web site. (http://www.dallascityhall.com)
Dallas attracts many tourists as well as businesses. Families enjoy visiting the area because of its many children╠s attractions. History buffs love the museums, and nature lovers get to bike or hike down one of the many beautiful park trails.
The kids will love to explore the Dallas World Aquarium and Zoological Gardens (http://www.dwazoo.com/) in Dallas. They╠ll enter a world of amazement as they explore marine life, tour the rainforest exhibit, visit the unusual plants and animals in the South Africa lagoon-like exhibit and experience other fun adventures. Spending a day at the Dallas Zoo is another fun outdoors activity for the family.
For a refreshing break, families can get on the ice at the Galleria Ice Skating Center, and then go shopping at the many stores in the Galleria Mall. There are more than 200 stores and restaurants in the mall.
The area that is now called Dallas was discovered by John Neely Bryan, a lawyer from Tennessee, in 1839. He had planned to develop a trading post between the Indians and settlers there at the three forks of the Trinity River. The highway would be a link between North and South Texas. However, a treaty was signed before he returned that removed all the Indians from North Texas. So, in November 1841, he decided to build a permanent colony instead. The town was called Dallas in 1842. Dallas was incorporated in 1856, and continued to grow.