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Many cities in Texas that start with G cross a portion of the Chisholm Trail. The Chisholm Trail, named for Scot-Cherokee Jesse Chisholm, was the major route out of Texas for longhorn cattle from 1867 to 1884. It was closed by barbed wire and Kansas quarantine law in 1885. In its brief existence, it had been followed by more than five million cattle and a million mustangs, the greatest migration of livestock in world history, giving a Texas flavor to the entire range cattle industry of the Great Plains and making the cowboy an enduring folk hero.
Top Texas cities that start with G
Many cities in Texas start with a G, so we’ve put together a short list of our favorite ’G’ Texas cities.
The first of our cities in Texas that start with G is Garland. Garland, Texas is located mostly in Dallas county with small portions of the city in Collin and Rockwall counties. Garland is the third largest city in Dallas county and is fifteen miles north of downtown Dallas. On State highways 66 and 78, Duck Creek runs through the city and Lake Ray Hubbard lies along its eastern border. At the time of its incorporation, it had around 500 people. By 2021 the city has reached an estimated population of 242,035 people.
Duck Creek, one of the original settlements of the Peters Colony, was established in the 1850s. In 1886 both the Gulf, Colorado, Sante Fe, and Greenville Railways bypassed the little community. Just a mile to the east a new community, Embree, was established along the Sante Fe line. Another community, also named Duck Creek, was established just one-mile northeast of “Old” Duck Creek. In 1887 much of the business district of the original Duck Creek was consumed by fire. The post office that was located there was moved to Embree.
Embree set out to incorporate but was accused of illegally counting a portion of Duck Creek’s population to meet the minimum population requirements for incorporation. In 1887 Congressman Joseph Abbott settled the issue by creating the town of Garland between the two cities and establishing the post office there. The three areas combined and the city of Garland was incorporated in 1891. By 1892 Garland had four churches, three gristmills, three steam cotton gins, a roller flour mill, and several hotels along with the Masons, Odd Fellows, and Knights of Honor each having a hall in the city.
A fire destroyed twenty-eight of the thirty businesses there in 1899, but the city was rebuilt around a town square complete with plank sidewalks and a fountain for watering horses. Texas Power and Light was established in 1915 and, in 1923 a group of Garland citizens bought a generator and set up a city utility. The Garland Power and Light Company would eventually grow to be the fourth-largest municipal utility in Texas.
A tornado tore through the city killing seventeen people including a former mayor, S.E. Nicholson, on May 9, 1927. In the 1930s the Bryer-Rolnick hat factory (now owned by Resistol) opened and in 1937 the KRLD (Dallas) radio tower was constructed in Garland. In 2000 the city reported over 6,000 businesses operating there.
Also in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex is the city of Grand Prairie. Grand Prairie is thirteen miles west of downtown Dallas. Located within the city are portions of State highways 161, 180, and 303, interstate highways 20 and 30, and farm road 1382 (belt line road). The city is located in Dallas county, Tarrant county, and Ellis county, and is enclosed by Dallas, Arlington, Irving, and Cedar Hill. The West fork of the Trinity River flows through the city as well as Kirby, Cottonwood, and Fish Creeks. Mountain Creek Lake is on the east and part of Joe Pool Lake is in the southern part of the city.
The community of Grand prairie was originally known as Deckman when it received a post office in 1874. Settlers had arrived in the community and built several stores. The community was not organized, however, until 1863 when A.M. Dechman’s wagon broke down on his way to Fort Belknap with supplies for the army commissary. He traded his broken wagon, oxen, and $200 of Confederate money for a 239-acre tract of land.
The Texas & Pacific Railway was given alternating lots on four blocks of the townsite by Dechman in exchange for the operation of a depot there. The town changed its name to Grand Prairie in 1877 because that is what the railroad had been calling it since 1873. The town was incorporated in 1902 and by that time had two churches, a steam gristmill-cotton gin, a broom factory, a wagon factory, a general store, and telephone service.
Today, Grand Prairie has an estimated population of 197,347. Among its largest employers are Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control and Bell Helicopter-Textron. Attractions include the Lone Star Park horse racing track, the GPX Skate Park, The Theater at Grand Prairie, the Grand Prairie Airhogs minor league baseball team, and the Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark.
Another of our cities in Texas that start with a G is Georgetown. Georgetown, Texas is the county seat of Williamson county. It is located along Interstate Highway 35, 30 miles north of Austin. The earliest known inhabitants lived during the late Pleistocene (Ice Age) period. The “Leanderthal Lady” a prehistoric woman, so named because of its age and proximity to the nearby community of Leander, was discovered by accident by the Texas Department of transportation in 1983, just to the southwest of Georgetown.
Georgetown was founded in 1848 and was named after George Washington Glasscock who donated land for the site. The Southwestern University, of Georgetown, was founded in 1873. A railroad built through the area in 1878 also contributed to the town’s growth during that period. With brushy creek just to the south and the San Gabriel River running through the heart of Georgetown, it saw its share of cattle driven through the famed Chisholm Trail.
By 1900 the area already had industry that included; limestone quarries, grist, flour, planing, and woodworking mills. The area also included cotton gins; brick, flue, chair, and mattress factories; tin, pewter, blacksmith, saddlery, and shoe shops; a knitting mill, bakeries, and confectioneries. The Texas Chautauqua Assembly (a performance hall), a bottling works operation, and an old mill was also located there. With a stable economy based largely on agriculture, population growth, and industrial expansion continued modestly for Georgetown until 1980.
Since then, mostly because of its proximity to Austin and its location on I-35, its population has grown by 40% or more in the decades leading up to 2020. In 1970 the population was 6,395 people and as of July 1, 2020, the United States Census Bureau estimated the population to be 75,420. Georgetown is home to five endangered species. Invertebrate species found only in Williamson County live in the cave-like fissures found in limestone formations that are typical in the county’s geology.
Grapevine is located along State Highways 114 and 121 in the northeastern corner of Tarrant County. The city is adjacent to Grapevine Lake and is north of the West Fork of the Trinity River. It lies on the edge of the Grapevine Prairie, named for the grapes that grow along the rivers and creeks nearby, and the Eastern Cross Timbers, a narrow strip of timbered country extending from eastern Cooke County on the Red River south to western Hill Country.
In 1880 the city had a population of 199 people and, according to the United States Census Bureau, as of July 1, 2021, has a population of 50,872. In 1844 a group of related families known as the “Missouri Colony” settled in the area. The first church in the area was the Lonesome Dove Baptist Church founded in 1846. Grape Vine (as two words) was incorporated on February 12, 1907. The United States Post Office condensed the name to just one word, Grapevine, in 1914.
Early in their history, cattle raising was the primary source of economic activity. According to the Texas State Gazetteer and Business Directory of 1884-1885, the town had three grist mills and cotton gins, a public school, four physicians, and Methodist and Baptist churches. They also had many businesses including grocers, drugstores, blacksmiths, a hotel, and an art gallery. Daily stages traveled to Fort Worth and Dallas at a rate of five cents per mile.
The first public library opened on March 3, 1923. On Easter Sunday, April 1, 1934, Bonnie Parker, Clyde Barrow, and Henry Methvin shot two Texas state troopers during an altercation near Grapevine. A historical marker remains at the intersection of Dove Road and State Highway 114. In 1948 the United State Army Corps of Engineers began construction on the Grapevine Dam for flood control, recreation, and a water supply. The reservoir project and the creation of Grapevine Lake were completed in 1952.
In 1965 the cities of Dallas and Fort Worth joined together to build the Dallas-Fort Worth Regional Airport. Today it is known as the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, and it is the city’s top employer with over 228,000 employees. After announcing the construction of the airport the city began annexing land to protect its local interests, resulting in a sizable portion of the airport falling within Grapevine’s city limits.
Grapevine is home to the corporate headquarters of the Game Stop Corporation. Also there you can find the Gaylord Texan Resort, the U.S. headquarters of Kubota Tractor corporation, The Trade Group, and the Cotton Patch Cafe. The airport facility hub at 1639 West 23rd Street is on the property of DFW Airport and is in the city of Grapevine. Tenants include China Airlines, Lufthansa Group, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Here is a list of cities in Texas that start with G
- Galena Park
- Garden City
- Garden Ridge
- Gary City
- Garza-Salinas II
- George West
- Glenn Heights
- Glen Rose
- Grand Prairie
- Grand Saline
- Granite Shoals
- Grape Creek
- Grays Prairie
- Green Valley Farms
- Grey Forest
- Guadalupe Guerra
- Gun Barrel City
In Conclusion, Cities In Texas That Start With G
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