Andrew S. Hayter, a Presbyterian minister from Tennessee, helped route the railroad through North Texas and plot a tiny new town, known as Arlington, along the tracks. The town grew from a half-mile square settlement in 1876 to a suburb of 400,000 people. Today, Andrew Hayter is considered the Father of Arlington.
A day off from work was a great day to get out and explore! I tried a new restaurant, went for a walk, and finally got a photo of one of the Gateway Monuments. Not a bad way to spend the afternoon!
Downtown Arlington is one of my favorite places in the city to explore, especially on and near Abram Street, where there’s a nice mixture of past and present. There’s also plenty of free parking, lots to see and do, and the area it’s highly walkable.
Check out a photo tour and some highlights from a recent walk downtown.
Goodbye 2021; hello 2022! Another year comes to an end in the American Dream City. It was an eventful year in Arlington, with a new mayor elected, city growth, anniversaries, celebrations, and major announcements. Here’s a look back at some of the things that shaped our city in 2021.
I had a Texas History class in elementary school. The Alamo was undoubtedly the shining star of the curriculum, with local history tucked away as a mere footnote. I assumed that nothing “history-worthy” happened around here because we didn’t learn about it in school. Fast forward 30-something years. My journey with local history started unexpectedly in April 2020, when I stumbled into Hell’s Half Acre.