Praries & Lakes
2010 Census - 37,337
2000 Census - 36,273
Hurst, Texas
Hurst Texas History:
Farmers began settling the Hurst area in the middle or late 1840s. In 1853, Isaac Parker purchased a log cabin near present day Hurst. William L. Hurst’s family and other settlers from Indiana established a school and church at the current townsite in the late 1870s. At that time the farming and ranching community was known as Arwine. In 1903, the Rock Island Railway built a line through town and built a depot on land donated by William Hurst in exchange for having the depot named after him. The Rock Island Railway at named the site Hurst, but there was already a Hurst in Coryell County that had a post office, so they initially named it Ormel. The Ormel post office operated from 1904 to 1908. The community was renamed Hurst in 1909. The depot and its stationmasters and telegraphers operated for some thirty years, yet there were probably no more than twenty people in downtown Hurst between 1910 and 1920, and the area farmers did not ship enough crops to make the train stop regularly. The Work Projects Administration erected a brick school in 1940 when the town had approximatley100 residents. The Hurst post office was established in 1949. In 1951 the Bell Aircraft Company announced plans to build a plant in Hurst. That same year, Hurst incorporated to prevent annexation by Fort Worth. Hurst is land locked by Fort Worth and other cities, causing it to grow slowly. Hurst is located north of the West Fork of the Trinity River at the intersections of U.S. 820, SH 121, SH 183 and SH 10, 21.8 miles southwest of Lewisville and Lake Lewisville, 11.3 miles southwest of Grapevine and Grapevine Lake, 6 miles southwest of Colleyville, 6.3 miles southwest of Euless, 2.5 miles southwest of Bedford, 27 miles west of Dallas, 30.5 miles northwest of Cedar Hill and Cedar Hill State Park, 18 miles northwest of Grand Prairie and Mountain Creek and Joe Pool Lakes, 9.7 miles northwest of Arlington, 22.6 miles northeast of Benbrook and Benbrook Lake, 21 miles northeast of White Settlement and Lake Worth, 14.6 miles northeast of Fort Worth, 4 miles east of North Richland Hills, 26.6 miles southeast of Azle and Eagle Mountain Lake, and 12.8 miles southeast of Keller, Texas. 
William Letchworth Hurst, Texas Historical Marker Text:
“A native of Tennessee, William Letchworth "Uncle Billy" Hurst (1833-1922) served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. As a member of the Sixty-First Tennessee Infantry, he was involved in fighting near Vicksburg, Mississippi. Following the surrender of his unit to Gen. Ulysses S. Grant in 1863, and his subsequent release, he joined in the reorganization of his outfit as the Sixty-First Tennessee Mounted Infantry. Captured in December 1863 near Tazwell, Tennessee, Hurst spent the remainder of the war in military prisons in Kentucky and Illinois. In 1870 Hurst and his wife Mary (Lynch) (1835-1908) joined other residents of Claiborne County, Tennessee, who had migrated to Texas. By adding property to his first land purchase in 1872, Hurst became a prominent land speculator in the area. In 1903 he granted a right-of-way across his farm for the construction of a Rock Island rail line. In exchange, the company named a rail stop and depot for him. Later it became the town of Hurst. Honored for many years by his friends and relatives with festive birthday celebrations, Hurst was the father of 14 children and had over 100 grandchildren. Many family descendants still live in the area.” 1505 Precinct Line Road.
Artisan Center Theater:
In addition to performances the theater hosts an Acting Academy, a Theater-in-Education program, spring classes, and summer workshops. Season and individual tickets are available. Performances are held at the Artisan Center Theater at 418 E. Pipeline Road. (817) 284-1200. Office: 404 E Pipeline Road. 
TCC Northeast Theatre Playhouse:
The theater hosts student productions and visiting theater groups. It hosts the Professional children’s Theatre during the summer. Box Office: (817) 515-6687. 828 West Harwood Road. Email  
STARS Theater Company:
This non-profit theater group provides young people with education, training and performing experience in theater arts. They perform several musicals, melodramas, fairy tales or other theater performances each year. Students come from the surrounding communities of Southlake, Grapevine, Keller, North Richland Hills, Coppell, Saginaw and Fort Worth. As of 2012 they were rehearsing in the Crown of Life Church fellowship room at 6605 Pleasant Run in Colleyville while they are searching for a new building. The 2012 annual summer musical was held at the TCC Northeast campus at 828 Harwood Road in Hurst, Texas. (817) 421-2883. Email 
Tarrant County Community College, Northeast Campus:
817 515-8223. 828 W. Harwood Road.
Hurst Public Library & Theater Entertainment:
The library provides traditional library programs, children, youth and adult programs, summer programs, a book club, family nights, audio books and CDs, GED classes, English as a 2nd Language classes, online testing computers, resume writing software, public access computers with internet connections, and free Wi-Fi. It also offers free Hoopla Digital, a Netflix type service permitting members to download movies, e-books, music and other entertainment to their personal devices. Up to five may be downloaded each month either in the library or online. In 2011 the library added a performance space with seating up to 300, a smaller activity space for a built in puppet stage, a dedicated teen area, a family restroom, a community gallery and exhibit space, a bookstore and a café with high end vending machines, and additional parking. Open Mon, Wed, Fri-Sat, 10am-6pm; Tue & Thu, 10am-9pm; closed Sundays. (817) 788-7300. Computer Center: (817) 788-7309. 901 Precinct Line Road. Event Schedule