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Life In Our City


The state of Texas granted Dallas a charter in February 1856. The farming and ranching community gave way to industrial growth and rebirth as a major metropolitan center of commerce. Wildcatter Columbus M. "Dad" Joiner's discovery of oil near Kilgore in 1930 signed Dallas' financial pedigree in oil. On the city's saddest day, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated while his motorcade journeyed through downtown.

In happier times, the 1970s and 1980s saw speculators building the classic skyscrapers that form the unmistakable Dallas skyline. The technology boom in the 1990s netted an economic transformation for the region.

Dallas Historical Society
Preservation Dallas
The Old Red Museum
The Sixth Floor Museum
Telecom Corridor