Established at the close of the Civil War on Texas and Pacific Railroad with original name of Deckman. Renamed in 1873; incorporated in 1902. Population spurred by large defense plants during World War II. Public recreation facilities include playgrounds, picnic areas, athletic fields, swimming, boating, and golf (Great Southwest Golf Course has gold in sand traps, assaying about $2.85 per ton).
CEDAR HILL STATE PARK
PALACE OF WAX & RIPLEY'S BELIEVE IT OR NOT!
The unusual, bizarre, and unbelievable displays Ripley's Believe It or Not! are from the collection of a man who collected the world's most interesting artifacts. Enter overgrown ruins of mystic temple and discover arts and weapons of primitive people, or walk over a bed of fiery coals, if you dare! Visitors experience an earthquake and find themselves on the ocean floor in undersea world of Atlantis and they'll hold onto their hats as they step into a Texas tornado and emerge safely to inspect the unbelievable things 200 mph winds can do.
Exhibit in the wax museum feature all new collection of wax figures in environmental settings. Themed areas include Hollywood, history, horror, childhood fantasy, and religion. Visitors also see the resident sculptor at work in his studio. Open 10 a.m. daily. 601 E. Safari Pkwy.
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