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Founded in 1841, Dallas is now the ninth largest city in the United states with 386 square miles of land and 1.3 million residents. The Dallas-Fort Worth area is home to 6 million people (more than 20% of all Texas residents). Dallas has 25 million annual visitors.
Dallas NicknamesBig D, D-town
- 1923-First automatic traffic signal in the United States
- 1927-convenience store (7-Eleven)
- 1931-Highland Park Village Shopping Center, first planned shopping center in the country
- 1950-Adulpus Hotel, first hotel in the world to have air conditioning
- 1956-Statler Hilton was the first hotel to have elevator music and TV in every room
- Shopping center (1931)
- Corn dog (1938)
- Liquid Paper (1951)
- German chocolate cake (1957) by Sam German
- Integrated circuit (1958) gaining Texas Instruments' employee, Jack Kilby, a Nobel Prize 42 years later
- Mary Kay Cosmetics (1963)
- ATM (1968)
- Frozen margarita machine (1971)
- 3-D printing (1981)
Dallas Fun Facts
- The Dallas Arts District is the largest in the United States.
- Dallas resident and American Football League founder, Lamar Hunt, coined the phrase Super Bowl.
- Home to Bonnie and Clyde, Barney the purple dinosaur, and laser tag.
- Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport covers 29.8 square miles (larger than Manhattan Island).
- The Dallas Zoo opened in 1888 with four animals (two mountain lions and two deer). Today, the zoo has over 2000 animals of 400 species.
- Dallas has more retail space and restaurants per capita than any other major city.
- Texas is larger than any country in Europe.
- The city has the largest working farmers market with 1 million visitors per year.
Famous People from Dallas
Angie Harmon, Owen Wilson, Mark Cuban, Dr. Phil, Kelly Clarkson, Tommy Lee Jones, Lance Armstrong, Don Henley, Kathy Bates, Ross Perot, Troy Aikman, Leann Rimes, Terry Bradshaw, Jessica Simpson, Steve Miller, Morgan Fairchild, Meat Loaf, Aaron Spelling, Laura Bush, Vanilla Ice, Lee Trevino, Jamie Foxx, and Chuck Norris.