Collin, Dallas, Denton
Praries & Lakes
2010 Census - 119,097
2000 Census - 109,576
Carrollton, Texas
Carrollton Texas History:
The earliest settlers were William and Mary Larner who arrived in 1842. In 1844, the A.W. Perry family settled in the Trinity Mills area. Perry’s extensive land holdings probably included the Carrollton townsite. An agent for the Dallas and Wichita Railway (later the MKT or Katy) filed a Carrollton town plat in 1878, the same year the Carrollton post office was established. In 1880, the rail line was extended through Carrollton to Denton. Carrollton is thought to have been named for Carrollton, Illinois the original home of many of the early settlers. By 1885 this agricultural community had cotton gins, flour mills, a school, two churches and 150 residents. After the Cotton Belt Railway established a line intersection the Katy Railway in 1888, the town became a shipping and commercial center for the area’s agricultural and livestock interests. Carrollton incorporated in 1913. By the 1940s, the gravel and brick making industries were added to the town’s economic base. Carrollton has experienced growth partly because of its proximity to Dallas and Lewisville Lake. Carrollton is bordered on the east by Addison, to the south by Farmer’s Branch, to the west by Coppell, and to the north by The Colony, Texas. The four cities of Carrollton, Addison, Coppell and Farmers Branch are known as “The Metrocrest” and are served by the Metrocrest Chamber of Commerce. Carrollton is located just south of Lewisville Lake at the intersection of IH-35 East and the President George Bush Turnpike, 37 miles north of Cedar Hill and Joe Pool Lake, 23 miles northeast of Grand Prairie and Mountain Creek Lake, 51 miles northeast of Azle and Eagle Mountain Lake, 39.7 miles northeast of Fort Worth and Lake Worth, 28 miles northeast of Arlington, 14 miles northeast of Grapevine and Lake Grapevine, 36 miles southeast of Sanger and Ray Roberts Lake, 24 miles southeast of Denton, 9 miles southeast of Lewisville, 59 miles southwest of Sherman, 26.7 miles southwest of McKinney, 26 miles southwest of Wylie and Lake Lavon, 14 miles southwest of Plano, 26.6 miles northwest of Rowlett and Ray Hubbard Lake, 23 miles northwest of Garland, 23 miles northwest of Dallas, 5 miles northwest of Addison, and 48 miles north of Waxahachie, Texas.
Historic Katy Depot, 1924:
The depot was constructed in 1924 after the original depot was destroyed by in a 1923 fire. In 2008, the depot was moved to its present location just east of Denton Drive and south of the Cotton Belt to allow for construction of the DART Rail transit station in downtown Carrollton. The Dart line was being built along the old MKT rail bed.
A.W. Perry Homestead Museum:
The museum is housed in the restored 1909 Perry house which is furnished with early 20th century furniture and accessories. The museum hosts several annual events including a March family kite day, and a Teddy Bear Picnic. The museum also offers traveling school programs. The facility is available for private and public events. Free admission and tours are offered Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 11am and 1pm. (972) 466-6380. 1509 N. Perry Road.
Carrollton Wind Symphony:
This volunteer symphonic band performs at local events and presents four to six annual concerts at the St. Andrew Methodist Church at 5801 W. Plano Parkway. They rehearse on Tuesday, 7:30pm-9:30 pm at Creekview High School at 3201 Old Denton Road. Email  Event Calendar  
Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra:
This non-profit music company offers music education programs, and performance opportunities to musically talented youth. The Philharmonic performs thee annual concerts. Other youth music groups include the Wind Symphony, the Sinfonietta, the Dallas String Ensemble, the Young Performers Orchestra, and the Flute Choir. These groups perform at several Dallas area venues, including the Meyerson Symphony Center, the Caruth Auditorium at SMU, the Eisemann Center in Richardson, the Peace Lutheran Fine Arts Center in Carrollton, the Irving Arts Center in Irving, the Majestic Theater in Dallas, and the Murchison Performing Arts Center in Denton, Texas. (214) 528-7747. 3630 Harry Hines Boulevard, Dallas, TX 75219. Email
Dallas Baptist University:
(214)333-5360. 3000 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas, TX 75211. Campus Map 
Carrollton Public Library:
The library provides traditional library programs, children, youth and adult programs, summer programs, audio book tapes, movies and music on CD, job hunting resources, public access computers with internet connections, and free Wi-Fi. The library has two locations. The Main Library hours are Sun, 2pm-6pm; Mon, 10am-6pm; Tue & Thu, 12 noon-9pm; Wed, 10am-6pm; Sat, 10am-6pm; closed Fridays. The main library is located at 4220 N. Josey Lane at Hebron Parkway. A branch library is located at 1700 Keller Springs Road. Main Library: (972-466-4800. Storyline: (972) 466-3162. Telephone Renewal: (972) 466-4848.