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GARLAND, TEXAS

Dallas County, North Central Texas

Off Hwy 75 and State Hwys 66 & 78
15 miles NE of Downtown Dallas
Population: 230,141 (2010) 215,768 (2000)

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Garland Texas 1897 IOOF Building
The 1897 IOOF Building in Garland
Photo courtesy Mike Price, January 2008
Named after Augustus H. Garland, U. S. Attorney General under Grover Cleveland.

History in a Pecan Shell
A timeline of Garland’s significant historic events:

1887: Garland was formed to settle a dispute between rival towns - Duck Creek and Embree. Duck Creek was on the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railroad, and Embree was on the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe. They had fought over the post office for several years, but Congressman Joseph Abbott submitted a bill to Congress to open the post office between the two rivals.
1888: A high school, called Garland College is built.
1890: Garland population reaches 478.
1891: The town incorporates.
1892: The Masons, and Odd Fellows, had formed a lodge or hall by this year.
1899: Fire destroys 28 of 30 businesses. The town rebuilt on a town square.
1904: The population reaches 819.
1915: Texas Power and Light installed four electric lights around the square.
1920s: Population reaches 1,400 and the city finances a water well and tower.
May 9, 1927, a tornado kills 17, including former mayor S. E. Nicholson who had the Nicholson Memorial Library named in his honor.
1937: Dallas Radio Station KRLD constructs a tower in Garland.
1940: Population reaches 2,233.
1948: Central Park, the first park in Garland, is purchased by the city.
1950: Population reaches 10,571.
1990: Population reaches 180,650, making it Dallas County's second largest city.

Garland Attractions
Landmark Museum - In the former Santa Fe Depot

Garland Texas Landmarks

Photos courtesy Mike Price, January 2008
Garland Texas 1917 CM Brown building architectural details
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