At first glance, Texas and Illinois don't appear to have much in common. But they share a place name: Carrollton. Carrollton, TX was named after the town of Carrollton, Illinois. Today, Carrollton in Texas has a population of over 119,000 people. It is the 23rd largest city in the state, and it is known for its excellent schools, sightseeing, and a stable economy. Money magazine called it the 19th best spot to live in the country in 2006. The same year, it earned the honor of "Top 100 Places to Live."
Carrollton was officially formed in 1842. Its first settlers, who called themselves the "English Colony," consisted of a few prominent families who moved from Illinois seeking land. Just as different types of grasses, flowers, and trees can grow harmoniously on the same piece of land, Carrollton's economy proved the same. Initially, agriculture was the leading economic activity in the area. But modern industry soon followed with the construction of a nearby railroad called the Dallas-Wichita. This railroad changed the economic landscape from primarily agricultural to mostly industrial. A brick plant, cotton gins, gravel production facilities, and dairy farms formed Carrollton's economic backbone for years.
The pace (and quality) of life has not slowed down in Carrollton today. From parks and recreational areas to shopping centers and tourist attractions, residents and visitors never find a shortage of things to do here.
Cavanaugh Flight Museum
This museum is a non-profit organization that provides visitors with knowledge about the aviation industry's past through exhibits and replica planes, including historically significant aircraft and vintage planes.
Elm Fork Nature Preserve
Located near the President George Bush Turnpike, this nature preserve is a small but peaceful area of woods and walking trails. There is also a small pond on the property. The preserve began from a purchase of the property in the late 1860s by a wealthy local family. The family donated about 40 acres of the land to Carrollton, which then turned it into a publicly accessible park. Also within the preserve is a self-contained ecosystem that contains indigenous native plants and animals.
The Homestead Museum is dedicated to the first recorded settlers in Carrollton, who were AW and Sarah Perry. They were also part of the English Colony from Carrollton, IL. The couple purchased over 600 acres of land to begin their new homesteading and farming life in Texas. They constructed a home on the property in 1857. The home was torn down by the couple's son, who built a second home that remains standing (and preserved) today. The home was designated as a historical landmark in 1977, and it's a popular place for residents and visitors today. Along with giving tours of the Perry home, the museum holds events for school groups.
Right next to the museum is a tranquil area called Gravley Park. Gravely Park features scenic walking trails, benches, and a gazebo. It covers 13 acres and is exceptionally beautiful to visit in spring when it's grasses and flowers start to bloom.
A visit to Carrollton is not complete with spending time in the historic town center. There are great restaurants and unique shops to explore in the town, but it's perhaps best known for its unique events throughout the year. One, which takes place on the second Saturday of each month, is called "Saturdays on the Square." It is a lively scene of dancing, music, and occasionally special features like karaoke.
Another popular event is "TexFest." This spirited celebration celebrates Texas's independence day with an afternoon of beer, wine, music, and authentic Texas food. The festival takes place on March 2nd each year. The nation's independence day is celebrated through the equally popular "May the 4th be With You" event, which instead of offering American-themed activities, celebrates Independence Day with Star Wars-themed activities instead. Other popular activities in the downtown square are an annual food event featuring international cuisines, and an annual day called "Paws on the Square" where current and prospective dog owners can meet to learn about dogs, get their dogs treats, and adopt a pet.
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