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County
Rockwall
Region
Praries & Lakes
Population
2010 Census - 37,490
2000 Census - 10,500
Nearby
Towns
Rockwall, Texas
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Rockwall Texas History:
The first Anglo-American settlers were the Boydstun family who settled on the East Fork of the Trinity River in the late1840s. A Baptist church was established in 1852. In 1854, Elijah Elgin donated the forty acre townsite located on a hill overlooking the river. The Rockwall post office opened that same year. The town was located in Kaufman County and served as a commercial center for area farmers. In 1873, Rockwall became the county seat of the newly formed Rockwall County. Rockwall incorporated in 1874. Residents from the nearby communities of Blackland and Heath began moving to Rockwall causing the population to swell to almost 1,000 residents by 1890. In 1886, the Missouri, Kansas and Texas railway completed a line through town, enabling the town to become a shipping center for area cotton, wheat and corn farmers. Other than during the Great Depression, the town’s population increased steadily over the years. The 1968 impoundment of Lake Ray Hubbard and the town’s proximity to Dallas has continued to influence the town’s growth. Today Rockwall County is the second wealthiest county in Texas in terms of medium income. Rockwall is located on the eastern shore of Lake Ray Hubbard at the intersections of SH 205, IH-30/U.S. 67 and SH 66, 41 miles northeast of Cedar Hill, Joe Pool Lake and Cedar Hill State Park, 23 miles northeast of Dallas, 19 miles northeast of Mesquite, 11.5 miles slightly northeast of Garland, 45 miles east of Grapevine, 7 miles northeast of Rowlett, 54.5 miles southeast of Denton, 39.6 miles southeast of Lewisville and Lake Lewisville, 33.5 miles southeast of McKinney, 12 miles southeast of Wylie and Lake Lavon, 29.6 miles southwest of Greenville, 10.4 miles southwest of Royse City, 21 miles west of Quinlan and Lake Tawakoni, 30.5 miles northwest of Kaufman, and 18.7 miles northwest of Terrell, Texas.
 
"The Harbor" District in Rockwall:
This district is located on the shores of Lake Ray Hubbard, and offers live music and other entertainment and is the location of many annual events. Summer concerts begin the on a Thursday in early May at 7:30pm at the Amphitheater. Harbor amenities include a large lakeside Amphitheater and docks, a large Upper Fountain Plaza and spray fountain, a large Lower Plaza and spray fountain located adjacent to the Amphitheatre, a working light house (dusk to dawn), and public parking and restrooms. New boat slips were recently constructed bring the total number of day use boat slips to 50. Sail with Scott offers Lake Ray Hubbard boat cruises. Shore fishing is not permitted; pets must be on a leash. Public parking is available at the corner of Shoreline Drive and Summer Lee Drive. Restrooms are located in the public area directly behind the Hilton Bella Harbor Hotel; they are open 6am-10pm. The Harbor is open daily, 6am-1am. (972) 771-7761. The Harbor is located at 2047 Summer Lea Drive, just south of IH-30 on the eastern shore of Lake Ray Hubbard. Boat Cruises: (214) 803-0025. 
 
Rockwall County Courthouse, 1940:
The 1940 courthouse was designed in modern style by architects Voelcker and Dixon. It is located on a hill offering beautiful views of Lake Ray Hubbard. The wooden 1892 courthouse was destroyed in a fire on January 27, 1892. The 2010 Rockwall County census was 78,337. (972) 204-6000. 101 East Rusk Street. The courthouse square is bordered by Rusk (SH 66), Kaufman, Goliad and San Jacinto Streets. Email  
 
Rockwall County Courthouse & Veterans Memorial, 2011:
Rockwall County broke ground on its new courthouse in June 2010. The courthouse design includes several columns and a domed top. The Rockwall County Veterans Memorial is located in front of the new courthouse, seven feet below ground level, muffling traffic and other sounds. The 2010 Rockwall County census was 78,337. 1111 Yellowjacket Lane, 75087. Email 
 
Rockwall Community Playhouse Theatre:
They produce six main stage shows (drama, comedy & musicals) each season, and operate a children’s theater. They also host the annual January “Rockwall’s Got Talent” event. 609 East Rusk Street. (972) 722-3399.
 
Rockwall Heath High School Theatre Arts & Theatre:
The theater hosts school plays and other events. 1201 T L Townsend Drive, 75087. Theatre Home Page 
 
Collin County Community College, Rockwall Center:
(972) 772- 5737.1050 Williams Street, Rockwall, TX 75087
 
Rockwall County Library:
The library provides traditional library programs, children, youth and adult programs, summer programs, public access computers with internet connections, and free Wi-Fi. Open Mon & Wed, 10am-6pm; Tue & Thu, 10am-8pm; Fri, 10am-5pm; Sat, 10am-4pm; closed Sunday. (972) 204-7700. (972) 722-1855. 1215 E. Yellowjacket Lane.