Crowley's motto is "Governed by the People," which says something about its personality. Crowley has a population size of about 13,000, making it one of the smaller cities in Tarrant County, Texas. Crowley is part of the Fort Worth metropolitan area and lies about 13 miles from downtown Fort Worth. Crowley was incorporated in 1951, and it was officially changed from a town to a city in 1972. The town is named for SH Crowley, who was the transportation official for the railroad that once ran through town.
Crowley's Rural Past
Today, Crowley sits in the center of two farm roads. The first recorded settlers arrived in 1848 as part of a government initiative, made possible through land grants, to encourage people to settle open tracts of land in the West. The first inhabitants of Crowley were pioneers who took up farming and ranching near Deer Creek. The city's inaugural cemetery, which may have been its first communal property, started in 1857 with the first burial. Crowley gained a more formal structure later in the 1800s with the construction of a railroad (called the Santa Fe Railway) through town. The town got its first post office in 1882 and a train station in 1885, which made it look and feel more like an established community. In 1895, a Presbyterian church joined the city's cluster of structures and made it an even more unified community.
From its initial establishment through the early 1900s, Crowley's economy was dependent primarily on ranching and farming. The nature of its economy shifted to more industrial and transportation-oriented with the construction of the railroad. Once trains began operating to and from Crowley regularly, the city developed a more defined downtown center dotted with small local businesses. In contrast to many neighboring communities, which had only smaller one-room schoolhouses, Crowley's first school building was a larger two-story building made of concrete. While Crowley's population steadily grew during the time of its foundation through the early 1900s, its population growth took off during World War II. By the time the war ended, its population size nearly doubled.
What to do in Crowley
Now, given its proximity to the Dallas-Fort Worth area and with the largest population size in its history, Crowley offers plenty of things to do. Whether you're seeking laid-back recreational opportunities or the fear of visiting a haunted house, Crowley has something to keep everyone satisfied.
The Secret Chambers Escape Room
The Secret Chambers Escape Room is a challenging and frightening indoor maze that offers fun and excitement for all ages. With its complex mazes, it is a place enjoyed by adults as much (if not more so) than children. The venue offers multiple challenges, so you can take on as many or as few in any given day that you'd like.
House of Air
Trampolining, rock wall climbing, weightless rooms, rope swings, and more are part of a day's adventure at House of Air. There is also a cafe on site that serves delicious food, which is a great way to unwind after an action-packed day of activity. House of Air is a popular venue for parties too, and it can be rented out for special occasions.
Located right in the center of Crowley, Bicentennial Park is a favorite place to go for those wanting some exercise and fresh air. The park features well-maintained, nicely manicured lawns and a playground for children. Bicentennial park also has various pavilions were park goers can sit down for a picnic lunch or relax on the yard.
Another place to visit for some outdoor time is Teeter Park. Teeter Park is a combined athletic and recreational area with multiple sports fields and a playground. It is owned and maintained by the town and can be used for private events.
Although Crowley is part of one of Texas's most vibrant metropolitan areas today, it still retains elements of its agricultural and more rural roots. You can pay a visit to one of the city's parks for a beautiful lawn and well-maintained grounds, but if you're looking for a great spot to sit outdoors, why not start with your own property? If your lawn is looking shabby then Lawn Love, Crowley's local lawn care professionals, can restore it to top shape in no time. Contact us today.