Dallas Regional Chamber

1841 John Neely Bryan settles on the east bank of the Trinity near a natural ford in November.1846 Dallas County is organized and the town of Dallas is named the temporary county seat.1850 Dallas County voters select town of Dallas as permanent county seat. Population of Dallas is 163.1856 Texas Legislature incorporates Dallas as a town.
1868 Dallas’ first bank organized.1870 Population of Dallas is approximately 3,000.1871 The town of Dallas incorporates into a city.1873 North Texas gets its first railroad crossing.1881 Dallas’ first telephone exchange opens.
1885The Dallas Morning News publishes its first issue on October 1.1889 Dallas gets its first electric streetcars.1890 Dallas ranks No. 1 in population in Texas, with 38,067 residents.1900 DFW MSA Region Population 454,805.1906 Ben E Keith, a food service distributor, makes its start in Fort Worth.
1907 Herbert Marcus, Carrie Marcus Neiman, and Albert L. Neiman open Neiman-Marcus in downtown Dallas. Dallas builds its first steel skyscraper, the fifteen-story Praetorian Building. Dallas Cotton Exchange opens.1909 Dallas Chamber of Commerce founded. Louis Glazer opens the Jumbo Bottling Company, which delivers a line of flavored soda waters from horse-drawn wagon. The company eventually becomes Glazer’s, a Forbes top private company.1912 The Adolphus Hotel opens on October 5. The hotel was built by the founder of the Anheuser-Busch company, Adolphus Busch, in a Beaux Arts Style designed by Barnett, Hayes and Barnett of St. Louis.
1914 Dallas is selected as the site for the 11th District of the Federal Reserve Bank.1915 Southern Methodist University opens. Moses Feldman establishes a metals recycling company in Dallas. It eventually becomes what is known today as Commercial Metals Company, a Fortune 500 company.1917 What is known today as Energy Future Holdings, a Fortune 500 company, started as Dallas Power & Light. It started in Dallas with roots tracing back to 1882.
1921 WRR is the first municipally owned radio station in the US featuring scheduled entertainment. Majestic Theater is completed — the first of the Elm Street vaudeville and movie palaces. Magnolia Building is completed; at 29 stories, it remains the tallest building west of the Mississippi for 20 years.1922 Booker T. Washington High School is completed. Shortly after forming the Dr. Pepper Company, owners moved the company from Waco to Dallas and opened their new operation the following year.1923 Dallas installs the first automatic traffic signal in the U.S.
1925 The Baker Hotel begins construction in February. The 700-room hotel was completed, furnished, and ready to open in October.1927 Dallas Methodist Hospital opens.1928 City of Dallas purchases Love Field.1929 The American Exchange national bank and City National bank were merged to create the first national bank in Dallas.1930 The first Trinity River levees are constructed, creating a riverfront industrial corridor. Geophysical Service is established in Dallas. The company later becomes known as Texas Instruments, a Fortune 500 Company.
1931 500 new oil companies move to Dallas during the first six months of the year.1937 After establishing the Hunt Oil Company in Tyler, TX in 1934, H.L. Hunt moves his company to Dallas.1938 Charles A. Sammons establishes Reserve Life Insurance Company in Dallas, providing the foundation for what is known today as Sammons Enterprises, a multi-faceted global holding corporation.1942 American began service between U.S. and on Sept. 8, 1942, with a flight from Dallas to Monterrey, with continuing service to Mexico City.1943 Southwestern Medical College is founded in Dallas by the Southwestern Medical Foundation. Today the school and affiliated hospitals are known as the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.
1947 Construction of Central Expressway begins. Chance Vaught Corp. relocates to Dallas in the largest industrial relocation in US history at the time.1950 DFW MSA Region Population 1,262,834. Dallas Convention Bureau and Visitors Bureau are founded when Dallas acquires new convention facilities with the completion of the Memorial Auditorium. Regional Post Office opens.
1952State Fair icon Big Tex makes his debut.1954 Forty-story Republic Bank Building, Dallas" tallest structure, is dedicated.1957 The DFW Turnpike, linking Fort Worth to Dallas, is completed. It becomes the first segment of Interstate 30.1958 Jack St. Clair Kilby invents the first integrated circuit while working at Texas Instruments. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in physics in 2000.1959 Dallas dedicates the Southland Center, the largest structure west of the Mississippi River.
1960Dallas Cowboys professional football team is formed. Population of Dallas is 679,684.1962 Daily jet service to Europe begins at Love Field.1963 Mary Kay Ash founds Mary Kay.1964 The Dallas Transit System (DTS) is established. The publicly owned mass transit service was operated by the city of Dallas until 1988. Dallas leads the world as headquarters for million dollar oil companies.
1965NorthPark Center opens. The Dallas County Community College District is founded.1966 El Centro College opens in downtown Dallas as the first campus of the Dallas Community College District.1967 Air Southwest Co. (Southwest Airlines) is incorporated March 15.1970 DFW MSA Region Population 2,424,486.
1971Dallas commercial construction tops $366 million, with 52 office complexes built. Dallasite Lee Trevino wins both the U.S. and British Open golf championships. Southwest Airlines begins flights between Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio.1972 The term “Metroplex” is coined in order to establish the identity of the allied communities of North Texas. The term originated from an ad agency"s combination of the terms "metropolitan" and "complex". Dallas Cowboys win the team’s first Super Bowl title. North Texas acquires a major league baseball team, the Texas Rangers.Holly Corporation, an independent petroleum refiner, moves its corporate headquarters from Azusa, CA to Dallas.
1973 The cities of Dallas and Fort Worth collaborate to build Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. Dallas Convention Center is completed.1976 Dallas businessman Michael J. Dupey opens Michael"s in the former Northtown Mall in Dallas, later moving the corporate headquarters to Irving.1978 CBS introduces the weekly television series, "Dallas." Dallas" new City Hall opens.
1979Dallas residents authorize a bond program to construct a new downtown arts district. AMR, American Airlines parent company, moves its headquarters from New York City to Fort Worth.1980 Dallas Mavericks basketball team is created. Federal census finds Dallas the nation"s 7th largest city, with 904,078 residents. DFW MSA Region Population 3,017,178.1982 Dallas Arboretum and Samuell Farm open.
1983Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) is created on August 13 as the new public transportation service. Citizens of 15 area cities vote to levy a 1% sales tax to join the system by the time it begins transit services (though formal acquisition of the Dallas Transit System won"t be complete until 1988).1984 Dallas Convention Center hosts Republican National Convention. Small software company Babbages starts in Dallas. Babbages will go on to become GameStop Corporation, located in Grapevine.1985 72-story InterFirst Plaza opens at Main and Griffin, as the tallest building in Dallas.Kimberly-Clark moves its corporate headquarters from Neenah, WI to Irving.
1986The Mayor’s International ball is created to provide funding for the Dallas international educational trust. It also assists with the funding for city of Dallas international affairs.1989 McKinney Avenue Trolley inaugurates service. Dallas Symphony Orchestra moves into the Meyerson Symphony Center.1990 DFW MSA Region Population 3,989,294. ExxonMobil moves its headquarters from Times Square in New York to Irving.
1991Dallas Celebrates its 150th birthday.1994 MetroPCS, later MetroPCS Communications, is established in Richardson.1995 Energy Transfer Partners (now Energy Transfer Equity) is established in Dallas.1996 Dallas Area Rapid Transit opens the Red and Blue light rail lines, with 45 miles of services covering much of the city of Dallas.
1998Dallas voters approve the Trinity River Corridor Project.Late 1990s: The Dallas area becomes known as the “Silicon Prairie” with a high concentration of telecommunications firms.2000 DFW MSA Region Population 5,161,544.2001 The American Airlines Center (AAC) opens at a cost of $420 million. The AAC is a multi-purpose arena located in Victory Park. The venue serves as the home to the Dallas Mavericks (NBA), and the Dallas Stars (NHL). The arena is also used for concerts and other live entertainment.
2001Dean Foods is acquired by Suiza Foods and relocates its corporate headquarters to Dallas.2002 The Trinity Railway Express (TRE) launches, providing rail service between downtown Dallas and downtown Fort Worth.2003 Texas Enterprise Fund, a business incentive fund, is created by the Legislature.2005 Emerging Technology Fund, a technology investment fund, is created by the Legislature.
2005Tenet Healthcare Corp moves its corporate headquarters to Dallas from Santa Barbara, CA. Ground is broken for the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, a 40-story suspension bridge over the Trinity River. Celanese moves its corporate headquarters to Dallas.2006 The 33-story W Dallas Victory Hotel and Residences, located in Victory Park, is completed. The Fluor Corporation relocates its headquarters to Irving from Orange County, CA.
2007Comerica, a financial services company, moves headquarters and 200 jobs from Detroit to downtown Dallas. 2008 Deloitte selects Westlake for a new 750,000-square-foot training center campus, creating 400 jobs. AT&T relocates its corporate headquarters and 700 jobs from San Antonio to downtown Dallas. DFW International Airport adds direct service to London Heathrow with American Airlines and British Airways2009 DFW International Airport adds direct service to Madrid with American Airlines, British Airways, and Iberia.
2010DFW International Airport adds direct service to Barbados with American Airlines2011Nylo, a boutique hotel company, announces plans to move its headquarters to Dallas from Atlanta. GGNSC Holdings (Golden Living), a Forbes Private Company specializing in home health care, moves its corporate headquarters to Plano from Fort Smith, AR, creating 100 jobs. Holly Corporation and Frontier Oil Corporation, located in Houston, complete a merger and change the company name to HollyFrontier, its headquarters in Dallas. DFW International Airport adds direct service to Australia with Qantas Airways.DFW International Airport adds direct service to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil with American Airlines.
2012 Klyde Warren Park opens October 27 in Dallas. A 5.2-acre urban green space built over the recessed Woodall Rodgers Freeway between Pearl & St. Paul streets in downtown, connecting the Uptown neighborhood with the Dallas Arts District and downtown. TopGolf moves headquarters to Dallas from Illinois.DFW MSA Region Population 6,645,678. The U.S. Census estimates that between July 2011 and July 2012, nearly 132,000 people were added to the Metroplex, and since April 2010 the region’s population has grown by nearly 275,000 people. Dallas Perot Museum of Nature and Science opens. Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge opens.FW International Airport adds direct service to Dubai with Emirates..DFW International Airport adds direct to Mexico City with Aeromexico
2013NTT Data Inc., announced plans to move its North American HQ to PlanoGeorge W. Bush Presidential Library opens.Publicly traded Navarre announced its HQ move from Minnesota to DallasDFW International Airport adds direct flight service to Lima, Peru and Seoul-Incheon, Korea with American AirlinesDFW International Airport adds direct service to Calgary, Canada with WestJet.DFW International Airport adds American Eagle direct service to Hermosillo, Mexico and Zacatecas, Mexico.In November, American Airlines will add direct service from DFW International to Bogota, Colombia, Roatan, Honduras, and Nassau, Bahamas.
2014Dallas Love Field will open to long-haul U.S. flights and $519 million in terminal renovations will be complete.DART’s regional light rail system will connect with DFW International Airport.
2015The $1.3 billion new Parkland hospital will be complete opening its doors in the spring of 2015. The new campus will cover 3 million SQFT and include an 865-bed acute care hospital replacing the existing 1954-vintage Parkland, located on I-35 and Harry Hines

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