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The first Anglo-American settler at the site of the present metropolis
built a single cabin in 1841. Two years later the "town" consisted of two
log cabins. By mid 1870's, Dallas had become a thriving business town and
market center with cosmopolitan, urbane air unmatched anywhere on the frontier
at the time, primarily due to several immigrations of skilled and cultured
groups of French, German, Swiss, English, and other Europeans.
Today Dallas, second in size to Houston, is regarded by many as Texas;
most metropolitan and cosmopolitan city. Southwest's largest banking center,
leader in wholesale business, second in nation for insurance company home
offices, third in the nation in terms of "million dollar" companies, and
number two in convention sites.
"If it doesn't sell in Dallas, it won't sell," say buyers who come to
some 32 wholesale fashion and home furnishings markets each year. Beginning
with the Dallas Market Center in 1957, today multibuilding complex includes
Homefurnishing Mart, INFOMART, World Trade Center, Trade Mart, Apparel
Mart, Decorative Center District, and the Menswear Mart.
Citizens pursue culture with almost as much enthusiasm as business.
Any day or night of the year, one may choose from a lavish variety of events.
Excellent major symphony orchestra and a steady stream of visiting groups;
opera and ballet, theater and musical comedy, literary societies, and debating
groups. Visitors flower shows, horse shows, art shows, bird shows, dog
shows, and cat shows. Noted for abundant gourmet dining opportunities.
Summer musicals are held June thru August at Music Hall in Fair Park,
nightly Tuesday thru Saturday and weekend matinees.
An excellent climate where fair skies, predominant year round, encourage
outdoor activities, especially water sports.
The State Fair of Texas in fall draws more than 3 million annually to
200 acre Fair Park. Traditional fair exhibits, plus Broadway musicals,
extravaganzas, prize livestock and horse show performances, a huge midway
that features the Texas Star, the largest Ferris wheel in the Western Hemisphere,
and grid-iron rivalry between Texas and Oklahoma. Big Tex, a gigantic cowboy
symbol, looms over all the festivities.
Professional sports are presented throughout the year; teams include
pro football's Dallas Cowboys, Texas Rangers baseball, Dallas Stars National
Hockey League, Dallas Mavericks basketball, Dallas Freeze Central Hockey
League, and Dallas Sidekicks soccer.
For game schedules and other tourist details, stop at a city Visitor
Dallas and satellite cities are home of Amber University, Baylor Univ.
College of Dentistry, The Univ. of Texas Health Science Center, Dallas
Baptist College, Dallas Theological Seminary, Paul Quinn College, Southern
Methodist University, The Univ. of Dallas, the Univ. of Texas at Dallas,
and seven units of Dallas County Community College enrolling more than
BIBLICAL ARTS CENTER
DALLAS ARBORETUM & BOTANICAL GARDEN
DALLAS FIREFIGHTERS MUSEUM
DALLAS MEMORIAL CENTER FOR HOLOCAUST STUDIES
DALLAS MUSEUM OF ART
DALLAS NATURE CENTER
DALLAS THEATER CENTER
DALLAS WORLD AQUARIUM
DEEP ELLUM HISTORICAL DISTRICT
FRONTIERS OF FLIGHT MUSEUM
INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM OF CULTURES
McKINNEY AVENUE TROLLEY
MALIBU GRAND PRIX AND CASTLE
MARKET CENTER INTERNATIONAL SCULPTURE GARDEN
MARY KAY MUSEUM
MEADOWS SCHOOL OF THE ARTS
MORTON H. MEYERSON SYMPHONY CENTER
MUSEUM OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN LIFE AND CULTURE
OLD CITY PARK
THE SIXTH FLOOR
STATE FAIR PARK
Age of Steam Museum
Cotton Bowl Stadium
Civic Garden Center
Hall of State
Museum of Natural History
State Fair Coliseum
TELEPHONE PIONEER MUSEUM
WEST END HISTORIC DISTRICT
BIBLICAL ARTS CENTER - Splendid nondenominational
showcase of bibilical arts accented by soaring arched ceilings, massive
stone columns and atrium courtyard, galleries with great religious art
from round the world - paintings, sculptures, icons, clerical artifacts,
replicas of the tomb of Christ, and St. Paul's "Gate at Damascus." Highlight
of the center is enormous oil painting 124 feet long by 20 feet high, depicting
the Miracle at Pentecost, interpreted by dramatic sound and light program.
Open from Tues thru Sat at 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.
Free access to the center and its galleries; fee for the "Miracle at Pentecost"
presentation. Closed New Year's, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Located at
7500 Park Lane at Boedeker.
BRYAN CABIN - In Dallas County Historical
Plaza; reconstructed log cabin of John Neely Bryan who, in 1841, was the
area's first settler. North of Kennedy Plaza at Main and Record Streets.
CHURCHES - Hundreds of all faiths are represented.
Of particular interest are five churches, each of which is the world's
largest in denomination; Highland Park Methodist, First Baptist, Highland
Park Presbyterian, Cathedral Catholic, and East Dallas Christian.
DALLAS ARBORETUM & BOTANICAL GARDEN
- A 66 acre haven of natural beauty only minutes from downtown Dallas,
Headquarters is in the Camp Estate, designed by Texas' most famous residential
architect, John Staub, and completed in 1938. Also on grounds is historic
DeGolyer House, a magnificent Spanish Colonial-style mansion built in 1940
by Texas oil man Everett DeGolyer. Mansion of 21,000 square feet has 13
rooms, 7 baths, 16th and 17th Century Antiques, and art works,; surrounded
by Old English garden, footpaths, rolling lawns, and woodlands on White
Gardens, with succession of blooming plants throughout the year. More
than 2,000 varieties of azaleas in the 5.5 acre Jonsson Color Garden provide
color during spring and summer, and a garden with more than 30 species
of ferns pack the one acre Palmer Fern Dell, kept damp with a concealed
fog system that pumps submicrosopic water drops into the air Gardens are
open daily from 10 a.m to 6 p.m. (November thru February from 10 a.m. to
5 p.m.) Located at 8525 Garland Road overlooking White Rock Lake. Admission
is charged. Call 214-327-8263.
DALLAS FIREFIGHTERS MUSEUM - Housed in
an old 2 story fire station, c. 1907, it features more than 100 years of
Dallas history, including 1884 horse-drawn steamer, the last to be used
in city. also, a 1936 Texas Centennial ladder truck and other fire memorabilia.
Open Mon thru Fri. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Located at 3801 Parry Avenue across
from Fair Park.
DALLAS MEMORIAL CENTER FOR HOLOCAUST STUDIES
- Photographs, artifacts and documentary films of the Jewish holocaust.
Also includes video tapes of local survivors and a memorial room. Open
Sun. thru Fri. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.(Thursday 'till 9 p.m.) Located at
DALLAS MUSEUM OF ART - Superb core collection
of pre-Columbian artwork plus major European and American art including
Church's "The Icebergs" and Oldenburg's astonishing "Stake Hitch." Choice
examples by Monet, Sargent, and Matisse, sculptures of Rodin and Henry
Moore, plus special traveling exhibits. New wing, Museum of Americas, house
extensive collection of American art together with long-term loans to contrast
all the arts of the Western Hemisphere. Open Tues. Wed., Fri from 11 a.m.
to 4 p.m. Thurs from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sat, Sun, some holidays from 11
a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Monday. Located at 1717 N. Harwood at Ross Street.
DALLAS NATURE CENTER - a 360 acre park in
southwest Dallas County near Joe Pool Lake offers seven miles of hiking
trails, picnic areas, visitor center and gift shop, Habitat for black-capped
vireo and other birds, variety of Texas mammals, reptiles, fish, and insects.
Mary Alice Perkins Bland Butterfly Garden attracts a variety of native
butterflies with wild flowers and reflecting pools. Open daily from 7 a.m.
to 7 p.m. Located at I-20 to Mountain Creek Parkway exit south 2.5 miles
to 7171 Mountain Creek Parkway. Call 214-2965-1955.
DALLAS THEATER CENTER -Of great architectural
interest, Frank Lloyd Wright's only direct contribution to the dramatic
stage. Permanent repertory company plays 154 performances over an 8 month
season. Located at 3636 Turtle Creek Boulevard.
DALLAS WORLD AQUARIUM - Showcases sea life
from around the world. Some spotlighted splendors of the ocean include
Bahamian Acropora corals, giant Tridacna clams, bonnet head sharks, and
stingrays. Open from Mon. to Fri. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sat 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. In the West End District located at 1801 North
Griffin Street. An admission is charged.
DALLAS ZOO - Thousands of animals represent more
than 2,400 species, reptile house has one of the world's largest rattlesnake
collections, exotic birds in walk through tropical rain forest; hoofed
animals from antelope to zebra, excellent specimens of simians and great
apes, lions, tigers, elephants, and more. Miniature train and picnic areas.
Within the zoo is a 25 acre Wilds of Africa exhibit. Features some
90 species of African birds, mammals, and reptiles roaming in naturalistic
replications of native habitat. Monorail takes visitors on a one mile journey
rising and descending to different levels to view the animals. Other features
include a 1,500 foot nature trail, the Jake L.Hamon Gorilla Conservation
Research center, and the African Plaza with shops, restaurant, and learning
center. Open daily. Located at 621 E. Clarendon Drive. Admission is charged.
DEEP ELLUM HISTORICAL DISTRICT - Just east of
downtown Dallas is the popular Deep Ellum area. In the early 1900's this
was the center for African-American business, entertainment, and center
for popular blues music and artists. Today, the old two story stores have
become home of shops, restaurants, and clubs featuring music from country/Western
to rock. Several block area bounded by Elm, Commerce, Oakland and Good
FARMER'S MARKET - One of the few remaining
and one of the largest markets in the nation. Some 1,000 farmers bring
fresh produce for sale. During the year special crafts, plants and flowers
are featured for holiday occasions. Open daily from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. Located
at Cadiz and Harwood Streets.
FRONTIERS OF FLIGHT MUSEUM - History of Aviation
collection formerly at Univ. of Texas at Dallas, now at Love Field. Museum's
artifacts chronicle the history of flight from primitive balloon launches
in the 1800's to today's Stealth bomber and space shuttle. Exhibits include
fur parka worn by Admiral Richard E. Byrd during the first flight to the
South Pole in 1929, engines from early airplanes, and silverware recovered
from the crash. Open from Mon. to Sat. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday from
to 5 p.m. Located at Love Field, 2nd Floor. At Cedar Springs at Mockingbird
Lane. An admission is charged.
HORSEBACK RIDING - Several ranches offer
Western style hospitality for day trips in the D/FW Metroplex.
Park Lane Equestrienne - The heart of Dallas features campfires, hayrides,
horseback riding, dance. Located at 8615 Inwood. Call 214-349-2002.
Texas Lil's Diamond - A Ranch in rustic setting has horseback riding,
swimming, hayrides. Reservations required. 214-462-0894.
Wagon Wheel Ranch - Features horseback riding, group night rides, hayride,
and riding lessons on 300 acres. Two locations in Coppell and Grapevine.
Reservations are required. Call 214-462-0894.
INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM OF CULTURES - Reflects
the work of organization that creates written language for "hidden" peoples
who have no written language. Museum focuses on lifestyles and cultures
of those peoples, with artifacts and exhibits. Open Tues. - Fri. from 10
a.m. to 5 p.m; Sat, Sun from 1:30 to 5 p.m. Located at 7500 West Camp Wisdom
McKINNEY AVENUE TROLLEY - Nostalgic early
20th Century trolley cars recommissioned to take visitors from downtown
to uptown McKinney Avenue for a variety of antique shops, restaurants and
clubs, including the Hard Rock Cafe. Trolley runs from Ross Avenue and
St. Paul Street up to St. Paul to McKinney Avenue and back. Schedule posted
along route. A fare is charged.
MALIBU GRAND PRIX AND CASTLE - Entertainment
complex featuring sprint racing tracks and vintage racing cars, miniature
golf, bumper boats. Castle has more than 100 video games. Open daily at
11130 Malibu Drive.
MARKET CENTER INTERNATIONAL SCULPTURE
GARDEN - Outdoor collection of contemporary sculpture by international
artists. Located at 2000 - 2300 Stemmons Freeway.
MARY KAY MUSEUM - Its display cases are replete
with mementos that tell the story of the famous cosmetics firm, from its
earliest, struggling beginning to its present successful corporate operation.
Lavishly appointed with granite, exotic woods, and brass, the 3,000 square
foot museum is in Mary Kay's International headquarters at 8787 Stemmons
Parkway. Open Mon thru Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 214-905-5720.
MEADOWS SCHOOL OF THE ARTS - Virginia Meadows
Museum: 15th through 20th Century collection of Spanish art, paintings
by international masters, sculpture court, and gardens, It is the most
comprehensive collection of Spanish art in the U.S. Nearby is Caruth Music
Auditorium with famous pipe organ; Pollock Galleries with monthly art exhibit.
Open Mon, Fri, Sat from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Located on the S.M.U. Campus.
MEDIEVAL TIMES - Step back into the
Middle Ages and cheer for your favorite knight. As you dine, enjoy all
of the pageantry of a medieval feast, including horsemanship, swordplay,
falconry, sorcery, and an authentic jousting tournament. For information,
reservations and show times call 214 761-1800. Located at 2021 N. Stemmons
MORTON H. MEYERSON SYMPHONY CENTER - Multimillion
dollar facility designed by architect I.M. Pei with acoustics by Russell
Johnson. 260,000 sq.ft. facility is the home of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra
which plays a full schedule of both home performances and tours. Symphony's
consistent excellence rates it among the nation's top 10. Public facility
utilized by numerous groups. Available fro group tours. Open for scheduled
performances. Located at 2301 Flora Street.
MUSEUM OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN LIFE AND CULTURE -
Founded in 1974 as part of the Bishop College Library, the museum houses
one of the largest collections of African-American folk art in the nation.
The 36,000 square foot artistic, cultural, and historical materials. Also
includes an African-American women's archives and a religious center. Open
Tues. - Thurs. noon to 5 p.m.; Fri. noon to 9 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.;
Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Located at 3536 Grand Avenue at Fair Park Entrance.
OLD CITY PARK - A favorite people place
where the nostalgia of yesteryears lingers in furnished log cabins, turn
of the century shops, a Victorian bandstand on the village green, a drummer's
hotel, and Southern Colonial mansions. Grounds open dawn to sunset. Guided
tours (fee) Tues thru Sat. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday from 1:30 to
4:30 p.m. Located at 1717 Gano Street immediately south of downtown business
PIONEER PLAZA - 4.2 acre plaza between
historical Pioneer Cemetery and Dallas Convention Center features world's
largest bronze monument - 70 Texas Longhorn steers being driven by three
cowboys on horses. Features landscape of native plants and flowing river.
Between Young and Griffin Streets.
REUNION TOWER - The focal point of the Reunion
area, which was a settlement of French immigrants in the 19th Century.
Fifty-story tower features observation deck (fee), restaurant and revolving
lounge; adjacent to glass-tower Hyatt Regency Hotel. Nearby, restored Union
Station, c. 1914. Reunion Arena schedules sporting events, circus, ice
shows, concerts, and rodeos. Just off I-35 at the southwest edge of downtown;
Houston Street, Reunion blvd. Sport Street.
THE SIXTH FLOOR - Permanent, educational
exhibition on the life, death and legacy of President John F. Kennedy.
Exhibits feature photographs, artifacts, and a 30 minute audio tour and
six films. Visitor center at the former Texas School Book Depository has
elevators up the 6th floor. Open Sunday thru Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m;Saturday
from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Ticket sales stop one hour before closing. At Houston
and Elm Streets. Admission is charged.
STATE FAIR PARK - Recognized n 1986
as a National Historic Landmark for it Art Deco architecture. Home of huge
annual state exposition; grounds host millions during the three weeks in
September and October. Rest of the year (except two weeks before the fair
opens) area serves as a popular city park, including attractions listed
Age of Steam Museum - offers a nostalgic
look at the heyday of railroading. Open from Thursday thru Friday. 9 a.m
to 1 p.m; Sat.-Sun. from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is charged.
Aquarium is home to a varied collection of more
than 375 species of aquatic animals, including marine and freshwater fish,
reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates. Special attractions include shark
and piranha feedings daily, except Monday at 2:30 p.m. on alternating days,
and the "World of Aquatic Diversity" exhibit which features nearly invisible
glass catfish and camouflaged leaffish. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 4:30
p.m. Admission is charged.
Cotton Bowl Stadium seats 70,030 for major
collegiate football including traditional Texas-Oklahoma game during the
State Fair in Oct., and the Cotton Bowl each New Year's.
Civic Garden Center, one of the most notable
in the U.S.; includes auditorium, botanical collections, and 7 acre Southwestern
garden. Garden for the Blind features raised beds of herbs and other plants
noted for scents and textures. Open Tues - Sat from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.;
Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.
Hall of State is a majestic shrine that
depicts Texas historical greats in epic-scale marble and mosaics. Open
Tues. - Sat. form 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun. 1 to 5 p.m.
Museum of Natural History presents
wide collection of native animal life in authentic habitat groups. Open
daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Science Place displays state-of-the-art
technology with visitor participation. Exhibits include the "Gossamer Penguin,"
the first solar-powered aircraft; also energy, health, and anatomy exhibits;
life-size models of transparent man and woman. Also has permanent exhibits
and includes planetarium. Open Tues - Sun 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. At Grand
avenue entrance to Fair Park. Admission and fee for planetarium shows.
Starplex Amphitheater is an outdoor amphitheater
featuring top entertainment. For information call 214-421-1111.
State Fair Coliseum, seating 7,000 hosts
rodeos, horse shows and sporting events throughout the year.
TELEPHONE PIONEER MUSEUM - Past, present
and future of telephone technology captured in such displays as an animated
audiovisual presentation, huge talking telephone, nostalgia exhibits. Open
Mon.-Fri. 9:30 a.m. -4:30 p.m. One bell Plaza at 208 South Akard.
THANKS-GIVING SQUARE - Opened in 1977,
the interfaith Chapel of Thanksgiving is regularly the site of worship
services. Waterfall and landscaping provide a quiet retreat in the center
of the city. Within corners formed by Akard, Bryan, Pacific and Ervay Streets.
VISITOR CENTERS - The Dallas Convention and
Visitors Bureau operates visitor centers offering abundant details about
local events, accommodations, dining and points of interest. Visit the
information office in the Renaissance Tower, 1201 Elm Street, suite 2000,
from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or the visitor center at 1303 Commerce street Mon
- Thur s 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m. to 5
p.m.; Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Also at the West End Marketplace Monday thru
Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday noon to 8 p.m.
WEST END HISTORIC DISTRICT - Early-day business
district revived and restored with shops, push-cart traders, craftsmen,
restaurants, and clubs, occupying modern facilities within the original
architecture. Here also is 1892 red sandstone courthouse, one of Dallas'
oldest buildings at Main and Houston Streets. Carriage rides, entertainers,
several block area, centered around Market Street from Pacific to McKinney.
Serve by DART Hop-A-Bus.
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