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Did You Know These About Dallas?

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A lively and vibrant city, Dallas is the leading choice for tourists who love country music and the rodeo. From cattle fairs to farm markets, the unspoilt rural charm of Texas prevails. In direct contrast, it is also home to many industries and did you know that it is also the place with the tallest skyscrapers in the US? Find out more about this exciting and interesting city.

Dallas Did You Know These
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Dallas Geographical and Demographic Fast Facts 

  • Dallas is the 9th biggest city in the US and it is the third largest city in Texas having the population of 1242162 people.
  • DFW Area comprises 12 counties namely Dallas, Collin, Delta, Denton, Ellis, Kaufman,  Hunt, Johnson, Tarrant, Rockwall and Wise 
  • Dallas Plano Metropolitan division is smaller with around 8 counties 
  • Dallas is in the Central Time Zone at a distance east of Forth worth, north, northwest of Houston and north to the Gulf of Mexico
  • The elevation of Dallas is around 400 to 750 feet and it receives an annual of 22.6 million visitors each year and around 44.1 million visitors come to the Metro area
  • Dallas has over 30,000 hotel rooms 
  • Dallas can be accessed by a 4 hour flight from many destinations in the US
  • It has two major airports- DFW International and Dallas Love Field 
  • DFW International and Dallas Love Field operate around greater than 2,000 flights everyday
  • Average minimum temperature is around 55 degrees Fahrenheit and maximal is around 76 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Dallas has around 33.3 inches of average annual rainfall

Dallas History Fast Facts

  • Dallas was founded by John Neely Bryan, a Tennessee lawyer in 1830s
  • He laid claim to around 20 streets and 640 acres 
  • Railroads were laid in the city during the 1870s
  • Some of the most historical monuments are found here such as the Federal Reserve Bank and the Texas Centennial Exposition
  • The first Neiman Marcus store was opened in Dallas in 1907
  • In 1930, C. M. Joiner struck oil towards the east of Dallas at a location of 100 miles 
  • The largest petrol deposit site in the east was once located in Dallas 
  • Lowest period for Dallas history came when JKF was shot by Lee Harvey Oswald on 22nd November 1963
  • In 1856, Dallas became an independent city
  • In 1861, Dallas seceded from the Union 

Dallas Government and Economy Fast Facts

  • Dallas is home to 7 of the most admired companies in the world 
  • It has around 18 Fortune 500 firms including Texas Instruments and Exxon Mobil
  • Dallas has a Council Manager with an 11 member council at the helm
  • Six Flags over Texas referred to as the six countries that governed Dallas and Texas.
  • The Texas Flag is referred as the Lone Star Flag because it features a large white star against a backdrop of red, blue and white 

Dallas Interesting and Fun Facts 

  • Dallas has a sum total of 5 professional teams- Dallas Cowboys, Dallas Mavericks, Dallas Stars, Texas Rangers and FC Dallas 
  • Frozen margarita machine was discovered in Dallas City
  • The microchip or integrated circuit computer chip was invented in the 1950s in Dallas 
  • The tallest cowboy statue in Texas is the 53 feet Big Tex at the Texas State Fair held each year 
  • The iconic shopping mall, the Galleria Dallas has the biggest indoor Christmas tree in the world  
  • Bishop Arts District is the largest urban district in the US  devoted to arts
  • Trinity River Corridor Project at Dallas is 10 times as big as NY Central Park 
  • The phrase Super Bowl was coined by Dallas resident and AFL founder Lamar Hunt 
  • The Dallas area has the largest metropolitan area not on a navigable body of water
  • DFW is home to 23 of the richest American billionaires in the world  
  • This is the eighth most populous city in the US 
  • Deep Ellum refers to Elm Street and blues musicians used the word “Ellum” instead of Elm in many songs
  • Dallas Zoo opened in 1880s was the first zoological park located in the entire southwest 
  • Dallas Statler Hilton was the first to feature elevator music and TV set in every room
  • The Wizard of Dallas, H. Garrett brought the first automobile dealership in Texas and opened  the first automatic signal for traffic
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