New User Special Price Expires in

Let's log you in.

Sign in with Facebook


Don't have a StudySoup account? Create one here!


Create a StudySoup account

Be part of our community, it's free to join!

Sign up with Facebook


Create your account
By creating an account you agree to StudySoup's terms and conditions and privacy policy

Already have a StudySoup account? Login here

Inventing Dallas and Ft. Worth

by: Taylor Gipson

Inventing Dallas and Ft. Worth 3351

Marketplace > University of Texas at Arlington > History > 3351 > Inventing Dallas and Ft Worth
Taylor Gipson
View Full Document for 0 Karma

View Full Document


Unlock These Notes for FREE

Enter your email below and we will instantly email you these Notes for DFW Metroplex

(Limited time offer)

Unlock Notes

Already have a StudySoup account? Login here

Unlock FREE Class Notes

Enter your email below to receive DFW Metroplex notes

Everyone needs better class notes. Enter your email and we will send you notes for this class for free.

Unlock FREE notes

About this Document

DFW Metroplex, Week 2 Notes
DFW Metroplex
Robert Fairbanks
Class Notes
dallas, FtWorth, DFW, Metroplex, history




Popular in DFW Metroplex

Popular in History

This 4 page Class Notes was uploaded by Taylor Gipson on Wednesday September 14, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to 3351 at University of Texas at Arlington taught by Robert Fairbanks in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 4 views. For similar materials see DFW Metroplex in History at University of Texas at Arlington.


Reviews for Inventing Dallas and Ft. Worth


Report this Material


What is Karma?


Karma is the currency of StudySoup.

You can buy or earn more Karma at anytime and redeem it for class notes, study guides, flashcards, and more!

Date Created: 09/14/16
Inventing Dallas and Ft. Worth  The Founding of Dallas o Dallas and the region  North Texas in 1841  Settled the area. NT was pretty scarce in population during the late 1830s.  3 motivations: o Lure with free land to own o Advertising o Rid the threat of Natives  Birds Fort and Birds Fort Treaty in 1843  Texas Land and Emigration Company (Peter’s Colony)  Made deals with entrepreneurs o 26 colonies over 10 million acres that was granted to the company. o Founding of Dallas was built on land promised to another person.  International advertisement o Dallas as Real Estate Venture  John Neely Bryan as town planter  Indian trading post in 1839, but when he came back in ’41, there was no Natives. o Give land and encourage settlers to come to the area. o The Location of Dallas  Trinity River  Initial Dallas foundation was RIGHT where the Trinity was thin enough to cross over. o The Indian paths and crossing o Grid System  Old Red Courthouse remains in the same spot it is today.  Black land prairie region o Dallas Spearhead  1851- 160 families in Dallas  The region to the west and southwest was still Indian territory and the region to the south was just opening up  Dallas was the commercial point at the furthest edge of an extended area of settlement o Dallas leadership  Bryan—First Dallas booster  Sarah and Alex Cockrell and Others  Dreaming the city  The Founding of Ft. Worth o The Fort and Urban Boosters  Major Ripley Arnold and the Fort  Only rope around the fort, no real protection.  First Line of Forts o 1848-1850 o Created a defense along to Trinity River from the Native Americans  Middleton Tate Johnson is contacted by Arnold to help with knowledge over the area. Johnson was out of Arlington. o Ft. Worth as a village  After the military leaves, who remains?  “A dirty, dreary mean little place.” o Leadership  Middleton Tate Johnson as a city builder  E.M. Daggett, hotel and shop keeper.  Important figure at the time. Indian trader in Shelby County. Tarrant County by 1854. Strong advocate of Ft. Worth. Work hard for the city vs. Birdville.  He understood that if the city grew, he would benefit. Lots of land/real estate.  Helped build the Stockyards.  John Peter Smith school master and booster.  “Father of Ft. Worth.”  Started the first school, became a lawyer and bought tons of land.  First streetcar for the city.  Big role in bringing the Railroads through.  STRONGLY committed to the city and utilized every tool he had to ensure the prosperity of Ft. Worth. o Ft. Worth as a Spearhead  1865 Tarrant county population 1k  The Emergence of Dallas and Fort Worth o Why Dallas?  Urban competition  1858, 58 towns in Texas. 35 are larger.  1890, Dallas becomes the largest in the state.  Securing the County Seat defeating Hords Ridge (Dallas Zoo, now Oak Cliff) and Cedar Springs.  Land for the courthouse which meant lower taxes for the city.  La Reunion Colony  Victor Considerant’s dream of a Fourier colony  1855, 200 arrive at Galveston and move to Dallas area to create LA Reunion  Colony fails and gives Dallas an edge FtW suffered huge blow  Economic Development during the Civil War.  Pre RR wheat center foodstuff base for Many people volunteered for the Confederates Confederacy and most  Limits of market town—transportation issues didn’t return home. Ft.  Problem of overland transportation Worth, at one point, o Why Ft. Worth? only had 250 residents.  Urban boosterism-the court house scam o Birdville competition for house seat.  Virgin land and the promotion of farming and buffalo hides  Great Buffalo Hunts during this time frame. Provided something, “extra,” for Ft. Worth.  Stage Coaches  Trans-shipment area for mail. o Steel Line  1856 Dallas- Fort Belknap line US mail  1858 FW Jacksboro Stage line  Cows and McCoy trail  Joseph McCoy and the cattle trails o Trail to Abilene, Kansas  Negotiated with the Indians to take cattle up through Oklahoma territory. (Chisolm Trail) o Importance is where the cattle trail GOES.  FtW is the last stop on the trail before it heads into OK, which at the time remains Indian Land. Cowboys needed supplies and materials to make the trek through the trail in the Northern states, which allowed FtW to grow and prosper, giving into the demand of the citizens. o Longhorns are depleted, but better breeding of longhorn. FtW begins GREAT relationship with West Texas.  “Urban” life in North Texas o Life in Early Dallas and FtW  Ground wells for water source o Women in urban frontier. Critical Role in the early stages of the city development of these cities.  Main source of food: gardens, cooking etc.  Chop the wood  Sewing skills for clothes  Laundry  Caretakers of children (biggest job of all) o Black in the urban frontier o Court House Fire and the Texas Troubles o Life of the Freedman


Buy Material

Are you sure you want to buy this material for

0 Karma

Buy Material

BOOM! Enjoy Your Free Notes!

We've added these Notes to your profile, click here to view them now.


You're already Subscribed!

Looks like you've already subscribed to StudySoup, you won't need to purchase another subscription to get this material. To access this material simply click 'View Full Document'

Why people love StudySoup

Jim McGreen Ohio University

"Knowing I can count on the Elite Notetaker in my class allows me to focus on what the professor is saying instead of just scribbling notes the whole time and falling behind."

Jennifer McGill UCSF Med School

"Selling my MCAT study guides and notes has been a great source of side revenue while I'm in school. Some months I'm making over $500! Plus, it makes me happy knowing that I'm helping future med students with their MCAT."

Bentley McCaw University of Florida

"I was shooting for a perfect 4.0 GPA this semester. Having StudySoup as a study aid was critical to helping me achieve my goal...and I nailed it!"


"Their 'Elite Notetakers' are making over $1,200/month in sales by creating high quality content that helps their classmates in a time of need."

Become an Elite Notetaker and start selling your notes online!

Refund Policy


All subscriptions to StudySoup are paid in full at the time of subscribing. To change your credit card information or to cancel your subscription, go to "Edit Settings". All credit card information will be available there. If you should decide to cancel your subscription, it will continue to be valid until the next payment period, as all payments for the current period were made in advance. For special circumstances, please email


StudySoup has more than 1 million course-specific study resources to help students study smarter. If you’re having trouble finding what you’re looking for, our customer support team can help you find what you need! Feel free to contact them here:

Recurring Subscriptions: If you have canceled your recurring subscription on the day of renewal and have not downloaded any documents, you may request a refund by submitting an email to

Satisfaction Guarantee: If you’re not satisfied with your subscription, you can contact us for further help. Contact must be made within 3 business days of your subscription purchase and your refund request will be subject for review.

Please Note: Refunds can never be provided more than 30 days after the initial purchase date regardless of your activity on the site.