Ten miles southwest of Fort Worth, at the intersection of Interstate Highway 20 and U.S. Highway 377, is the city of Benbrook, Texas. Benbrook was originally called Miranda, when it was established around 1857. That is, until 1876, when an Indiana native by the name of James M. Benbrook played a big part in getting the Texas and Pacific Railway to extend its tracks through the “town”. From the middle of the 1920s through the 1930s, Benbrook only had a total of 20 residents. But by 1957, the city had 20 businesses and more than 600 residents, mostly due to the construction of the Benbrook Reservoir around that time. Once the DFW area began to grow, Benbrook steadily grew along with it. Today, there is an estimated 22,500 people (around 6,000 families) that happily call Benbrook home.
Throughout the years, Benbrook has received numerous awards and recognitions. Some of the more recent include: the 2010-12 Voice of the People Award for excellence in overall quality of municipal services and police services; the 2012 Certificate of Achievement for Economic Excellence; and the 2013 Certificate of Achievement for Planning Excellence. Benbrook has also been recognized as a Storm Ready Community (by the National Weather Service) and a Texas Certified Scenic City. At the time, only eleven cities in Texas received this Gold/Platinum status.
Benbrook boasts more than 1,000 acres of parks, trails, and recreation facilities. The city’s Robot Park is very popular with the kids, as well as Castle Park. And the recently added Rolling Hills Park offers residents a jogging trail, a sand volleyball court, shaded playground equipment, outdoor exercise equipment, a half-court basketball court, and a pavilion with picnic tables. The city also host several events and festivals every year. Among them are the Christmas Tree Lighting and Fireworks display, an Easter Egg Hunt, the American Cancer Society Relay For Life, and the Annual Fall Fest. Probably the most anticipated event of the year comes every October, when Benbrook holds its “Cowboy Roundup” Heritage Fest. Another popular location in Benbrook is Benbrook Lake, where residents enjoy boating, fishing, hiking, camping, horseback riding, and swimming.
Benbrook has several beautiful neighborhoods and communities within its borders. Some of the most popular include Timber Creek, Trinity Gardens, Rolling Hills, and The Hills of Whitestone.
The city is publicly served by Fort Worth Independent School District, which is the 5th largest district in the state of Texas. There are two elementary schools (Benbrook Elementary and Westpark Elementary), a middle school (Benbrook Middle School), and a high school (Western Hills H.S.) in the city limits. FWISD is also one of the areas largest employers, starting its teachers out with an almost $47,000 salary. Because of this, the district is ranked in the top 10 in the state for teachers’ salaries.
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