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ROWLETT, TEXAS

Dallas and Rockwall Counties, Central Texas North

3254'25"N 9632'51"W (32.907020, -96.547415)
About 20 Miles NE sof Dallas
Population: 56,199 (2010) 44,500 (2000)

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History in a Pecan Shell

Dr. Daniel Rowlett is the city's namesake. Leaving Kentucky, he settled here in 1836 and bought a large tract of land. Although no early population figures are available, it's safe to say the population was scant until the arrival of the railroad in 1886. The town was granted a post office in 1889 and in the early 1890s Rowlett had several basic businesses and a population of around 200.

By the mid-1890s, Rowlett's population had nearly doubled but by 1914, it had been reduced back to 200 residents. Rowlett was "electrified" in 1924 and suffered through the Great Depression along with the rest of the country. By 1952 the population was still less than 300 but the residents decided to incorporate that year. Lake Ray Hubbard was completed in 1971 and suddenly Rowlett found itself growing at a dizzying pace. 1973 reported 1600 people which increased to 2500 two years later. It topped 10,000 by the late 1980s and the 1990 census counted over 23,000 residents which came extremely close to doubling for the 2000 census.

"According to a Texas historical marker in front of the city hall : 'Rowlett was first known as Morris, the name given to the post office that was established here in 1880. Austin Morris served as the first postmaster. In 1889, three years after the Greenville & Dallas Railroad (later the MK&T) was built through town, the post office's name was changed to Rowlett.'" - Clint Skinner


Bankhead Highway

By Frank R. Brown
"The Bankhead Highway was one of the first PAVED transcontinental highways in the United States....

The road extended from Washington, D.C. to San Diego, California. Its path crossed approximately 850 miles of Texas ...

Near the town of Rowlett, there is still a small stretch of the original highway, hidden in the underbrush and trees, away from the city's development and growth." more
TX - Bankhead Highway
"One of two of the original train trestles from the Bankhead Highway that remain in Rowlett, Texas. This one is near Lake Ray Hubbard, and that is actually an extension of Main Street that runs under it.. and into the lake!"
Photo courtesy Texana Pictures - Frank R. Brown, February 2017
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