Praries & Lakes
2010 Census - 365,438
2000 Census - 332,969
Arlington, Texas
Arlington Texas History:
Because of the fertile farmland, settlers were attracted to the Arlington/Tarrant County region in the early 1840s, but settlers to the Arlington area were constantly in danger of attack by the large group of Indians located at Village Creek near present day Lake Arlington. On May 24, 1841, Gen. Edward H. Tarrant attacked and defeated the Indians at Village Creek, but the attacks on settlers continued. The terms of the 1843 peace agreement permitted the establishment of a trading post at Marrow Bone Spring in present day Arlington near Johnson Station. 1844, the peace Treaty of Tehuacana Creek was signed by the Republic of Texas and twelve Indian tribes. By signing the treaty, the Texas government and the Comanche, Keechi, Waco, Caddo, Anadarko, Ioni, Delaware, Shawnee, Cherokee, Lipan Apache and the Tawakoni Indian tribes committed themselves to cease all hostilities and to work to establish cooperative commercial and political ties. This treaty provided a measure of safety for those wishing to settle in Tarrant County, and more settlers began arriving. In 1876, the Texas and Pacific Railway built a line connecting Fort Worth and Dallas with the route passing north of Johnson Station. At the request of the railway company, Rev. Andrew S. Hayter surveyed the new town of Hayter and platted the first town lots. Residents and businesses from Johnson Station and other nearby settlements moved to be closer to the railroad. The Hayter post office was established in 1875, and was renamed Arlington in 1877. Arlington became a commercial and shipping center for area farmers. By 1884 Arlington had 800 residents; it had 3,031 residents in 1925. The Arlington Downs racetrack was built in 1933. The town’s proximity to Dallas and Fort Worth continues to help its growth. The Trinity River and Johnson Creek, a tributary of the Trinity River, flow through town. Arlington is located at the intersections of IH-30, IH-20 and SH 360, 17.3 miles east of Fort Worth, 7 miles east of Lake Arlington, 41 miles south of Denton, 17.6 miles south of Grapevine and Lake Grapevine, 26 miles southwest of Lewisville and Lewisville Lake, 24 miles southwest of Dallas, 6.8 miles slightly southwest of Grand Prairie and Joe Pool and Mountain Creek Lakes, 19.7 miles northwest of Cedar Hill and Cedar Hill State Park, 38.6 miles northwest of Waxahachie, 41.8 miles northeast of Cleburne, 26 miles northeast of Burleson, and 25 miles northeast of Benbrook Lake and Benbrook, Texas.
Heroes Park:
The park memorializes Arlington’s firemen and policemen who died in the line of duty, including Officer James Evans Johnson,Champ C. Barnes Sr., Gary D. Harl, Ronald B. Snow, Ronnie M. McAndrew, Jerry J. Crocker, Terry Lynn Lewis, Craig Michael Hanking, Joseph Thomas Cushman, and Richard G. Hosford Jr. Park amenities include a Remembrance Courtyard, the Stream of Life, the Fallen Heroes Virtue Stone, the Wall of Honor, the Donor Paver Area, and lighting. Open daily, 5am-midnight. 2100 West Green Oaks Boulevard, 76013.
Ron White, Comedian:
Ronald "Ron" Whitewas born December 18, 1956 in Fritch, Texas, but he grew up in Arlington, Texas. He is an American standup comedian who has had two Grammy Award nominations, and is RIAA certified 10x Platinum for CD and DVD sales of over 10 million units.Ron is a charter member of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour along with the hilariously funny Larry the Cable Guy. Ron’s book "I Had the Right to Remain Silent But I Didn't Have the Ability" has appeared on the New York Times Best Seller List.White is well-known for his famous punch line, "You can't fix stupid.” He is also well known for smoking cigars and drinking Scotch during his hilarious comedy show.