One week today I’ll be in Dallas,Texas. Technically, it’s not the first time I’ve been there — if you count a trip from California where I had to change planes and there was a several hour delay at DFW — but it’ll be the first time I’ll have time to explore. So I thought I’d share some of my research with you…
Dallasis the third-largest city in the state ofTexas, and the ninth largest in theUS. Its population is 1.28 million. However when taking the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metropolitan area into account, it’s home to approximately 6 million people, which makes it the fourth largest metropolitan area in the US.
It’s located 35 miles east of Forth Worth, 245 miles north/northwest of Houston, and 300 miles north of the Gulf of Mexico.
It was claimed in the 1500s as part of New Spain, before that it was inhabited by the Caddo Native Americans. France later claimed the area, but in 1819the Adams-Onis Treaty made the Red River the northern boundary of New Spain, putting Dallas smack-dab in Spanish territory. The area remained under Spanish rule until 1821 when Mexico declared independence. The area became part of a Mexican state of Coahuila y Tejas.
In 1836 theRepublic ofTexas broke off fromMexico to become an independent nation.There is disagreement over just how Dallas got its name.
Of course anyone my age remembersDallas as being the site of John F. Kennedy’s assassination. It’s going to be strange to actually see that grassy knoll and wonder just what did happen that day.
Something this Canadian cringes to hear –Dallas has a humid subtropical climate. The average high in July is 96 while the low is 77 (more than the high here today).For someone who is most comfortable in temperatures below their ‘low’ I’m sweating already – heck it’s cool enough here at night that Gizmo Guy and I are still using a blanket. Another thing that worries me – tornadoes are perhaps the biggest threat to the city of Dallas. That is something I do not want to witness first hand.
Thanks to Wikipedia and theDallasofficial website for some of this info … hopefully I’ll have a ton of pictures to post next week.