Arlington, Texas | blog

I was born in Arlington, Texas, but grew up in the neighboring town of Mansfield. After living in Mansfield for 24 years, I moved to Arlington about 13 years ago. I’ve finally started to explore the city and write about my discoveries. Arlington is my hometown, and I’m proud to live here.

Check out my growing collection of photos and posts about Arlington!

In memory of Amber Hagerman (01-15-21)
Amber Hagerman and her younger brother were riding their bikes in Arlington. A man in a black pickup truck approached. He grabbed her from the bike, put her into his truck, and drove away. What started as a kidnapping investigation turned into a search for a murderer. Amber’s body was found a few days later in a nearby creek bed. She was nine years old.

Pantego and Dalworthington Gardens (01-12-21)
There are two smaller communities surrounded by the City of Arlington. Combined, they are less than three square miles with a population of roughly 5,000 people. While similar in size, each has a much different history. Let’s visit Pantego and Dalworthington Gardens.

Arlington’s Sister City – Bad Königshofen, Germany (01-09-21)
Since 1951, Arlington, Texas and Bad Königshofen, Germany have had a relationship. What began as an act of kindness turned into a friendship that still exists 70 years later. The cities are about 5,000 miles apart with many contrasts. But their friendship is a testament to kindness.

My favorite 2020 photos of Arlington, Texas (01-08-21)
Check out some of my favorite 2020 photos of Arlington. While it doesn’t tell the whole story, it gives a glimpse of the city’s personality. From local landmarks and history to quirky and fun, there’s a bit of everything.

Legal Draft Brewing Co. – Legal Grounds (Coffee Lager) (01-02-21)
Legal Draft Brewing Co. in Arlington is my favorite brewery in the area. They released a new seasonal beer in December. Introducing Legal Grounds — a coffee beer collaboration with nearby Salter Bros. Coffee Roasters. Let’s check it out.

12 Ways to Celebrate Christmas in Arlington (12-12-20)
Christmas may look and feel different this year, but there are still plenty of ways to get in the holiday spirit. Here are twelve ways to celebrate Christmas in Arlington.

Rehoboth Cemetery (12-11-20)
Located in south Arlington at Cooper Street and Harris Road is the Rehoboth Cemetery. The cemetery is 2.5 acres and has over 500 graves. Many of the older headstones are no longer legible. There is a Texas Historical Marker near the entrance, which gives an overview of the cemetery.

Dimebag Darrell: Texas Guitar Hero (12-08-20)
It was sixteen years ago that we lost a music icon and local legend. Darrell Lance Abbott, better known as Dimebag Darrell, grew up in Arlington, Texas. He’s best remembered as the guitarist for the metal band Pantera. Other notable projects include the bands Damageplan and Rebel Meets Rebel. His life was tragically cut short on December 8, 2004, at age 38.

Small Brewery Sunday & Legal Draft Brewing Co. (11-29-20)
The Saturday after Black Friday is typically Small Business Saturday. In that same spirit comes the second annual Small Brewery Sunday. This year it’s Sunday, November 29. One of my favorite small breweries is Legal Draft Brewing Co. in Arlington.

North Texas Giving Day (09-16-20)
Donating, volunteering, and helping others in need can be such a rewarding experience. This year, North Texas Giving Day is September 17. It’s an annual event designated to give back to the local nonprofit organizations in the community. It’s kind of a big deal. In 2019, donations exceeded $50,000,000!

Arlington: More than the Big Four (08-26-20)
Arlington is more than the Big Four in our Entertainment District. They’re popular, and icons of our skyline, but there’s more to Arlington than that. It’s some of the lesser-known things in this city that gives it charm and personality. The Big Four aren’t really for me. So what do I like about Arlington then? Let’s find out.

Arlington: The Entertainment Capital of Texas (08-19-20)
Arlington is mostly known for the Big Four in its Entertainment District. While it doesn’t show the whole picture of Arlington, it’s a decent introduction.

Introduction to “Local Unknown” blog series (08-12-20)
Local Unknown is my new blog series exploring my hometown of Arlington, Texas and the local area. It focuses on local history, oddities, arts, and culture.