A Guide to the History of Dallas, Texas

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Timelines of Events in Dallas History

1840s    1850s    1860s    1870s    1880s    1890s    1900s    1910s    1920s
1930s    1940s    1950s    1960s    1970s    1980s    1990s    2000s

Compared to some of the other large cities of the world, including several in the United States (such as Boston, New York, and Philadelphia), Dallas is relatively "new." Its recorded history did not begin until 1841, when Texas was an independent republic and its northern reaches were vast open prairies, inhabited by vast herds of bison and nomadic Native American tribes. Nevertheless, Dallas has an eventful history.

To learn a little about Dallas' history, chose from the decades in the menu above. Please note that the timelines on this site do not purport to be all-inclusive and that the information each contains came from a variety of sources including local newspapers, magazines, and books. If you spot an error or if there is an event you would like to see included, please send email to the host of this web site at texian1846@yahoo.com.

Note: In each timeline, the letters "n.d." stand for "no date," which means I have not yet determined precisely when an event occurred during any given year. These will be gradually replaced with actual dates.

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