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Dallas County

HUTCHINS, TEXAS

Dallas County, Central Texas North

3238'38"N 9642'27"W (32.643784, -96.707538)
Interstate Highways 20 and 45
9 miles S of downtown Dallas
Population: 5,639 Est. (2016)
5,338 (2010) 2,805 (2000) 2,719 (1990)

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Hutchins

by Clint Skinner
Points of Interest
City Hall - 321 N Main St
Hutchins Memorial Cemetery - 500 3rd Street
First Baptist Church - 204 W Athens St
Sunrise Creek Park - 809 North Denton Street
Campbell Park - 200 South Denton St.
Martin Luther King Jr. Park - 801 Oak Creek Drive
Valley View Park - 200 Glenview Drive

Official Website
https://www.cityofhutchins.org

History

Located on the southern border of Dallas near the intersection of Interstate Highways 45 and 20, the small city of Hutchins started off as a trading place for people living on the left side of the Trinity River and those crossing from Dawdy's Ferry. Its location currently unavailable to the public, travelers had to pay a dollar for each wagon, ten cents for a man and horse, and five cents a pedestrian in order to use the barges.

Settlement in the area began during the 1860s. It became a town in 1872, thanks to the arrival of the Houston and Texas Central Railway. Wanting to honor the railroad's president, the residents name the town after William J. Hutchins. By the end of the year, there were several stores, a gristmill, a church, a school, some gins, and a post office. The year of 1875 brought about the establishment of the Hutchins Memorial Cemetery with Alonzo B. Clark as its first resident. The population reached 250 in 1884.

Three years later, nine people got together and founded First Methodist Church. They first gathered in a farmhouse before sharing a building with the Christian Church of Hutchins. Reverend John M. Davis and the congregation finally had a church constructed in 1891 after A. S. Clark donated some land on Main Street.

After providing many years of service, Hutchins Memorial Cemetery received the honor of getting placed on the local map in 1895. First Methodist Church built its new home along Palestine Street two years later.

Local citizens formed Hutchins Baptist Church and chose George Wharton to be its pastor in 1904. However, the congregation was forced to have their services at First Methodist Church until the members could afford to build their own. The opportunity arose in 1911 with the completion of a wooden structure at the intersection of Mills Street and Athens Street. Unfortunately, the church burned down in 1916, prompting the construction of a new one the following year. A decade passed and the population of Hutchins rose to 500.

The city established its first library in 1948, but the actual building was not constructed until 1958 when Charles Atwell provided funding for the project. During this time, the population reached 741. The year of 1972 brought a change in ownership regarding Hutchins Memorial Cemetery, placing the property in the hands of a special foundation.

The public library doubled in size during 1984 with the addition of a new wing. By 1990, there were 67 businesses in the local economy, which was dominated by small manufacturing companies. The most prominent ones made air-conditioners. data cards, and magnetic tapes, and metal castings. The population at the time was 2,719 and increased to 2,805 at the turn of the century.

Hutchins had 133 local businesses when the new millenium arrived. Renovation of the library began in 2002 and concluded the following year, successfully tripling its size in the process. By 2016, the population of Hutchins reached 5,639.

© Clint Skinner
July 9,2018

TX  Dallas County 1940s Map
1940 Dallas County map showing Hutchins
S of Dallas
N of Wilmer, E of Lancaster
From Texas state map #4335

Courtesy Texas General Land Office
Bibliography

  • Cityofhutchins.org
  • Stoppingpoints.com
  • Tshaonline.org
  • Waymarking.com
  • Wikipedia

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