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FARMERS BRANCH, TEXAS

Dallas County, North Central Texas
I-35 and Highway 77
12 miles N of Dallas

Population: 27,508 (2000)

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Victorian building, Farmers Branch, Texas
Photo courtesy Pam Powell, January 2005
History in a Pecan Shell

In the early 1840s settlers established a town named after local native Mustang grapes. Cochran It was later changed to Farmers Branch. In 1845 the first office of the Texan Land and Emigration Company, AKA the Peters Colony was located there and a school was in operation (utilizing a church building) by the following year.

The post office was granted in 1848, closed by 1866 and reestablished by 1875.

The town had Dallas County's first blacksmith, gristmill and cotton gin.

The Dallas and Wichita Railway passed through Farmers Branch in 1878 but in 1881 it was absorbed by the Missouri, Kansas and Texas in 1881.

The population reached 100 by 1890 and 300 by 1917.

After WWII infrastructure was expanded and a new artesian well was drilled.

By the mid 1950s an estimated 80 percent of Farmers Branch citizens worked in Dallas.

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  • The Farmers Branch Historical Park

    City of Farmers Branch
    13000 Wm. Dodson Pkwy P. O. Box 819010 Farmers Branch, TX 75234
    Phone:972.247.3131 Fax:972.247.4836
    http://www.ci.farmers-branch.tx.us/

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