If you travel south from Dallas, about 16 miles down I-35E, you will come upon one of the oldest settlements in north Texas. DeSoto, which is part of the “Best Southwest” area, was first settled in 1847. Eleven years after Texas won its independence from Mexico, Curtis and Amelia Clark came all the way from Indiana and built a home. A year later, T.J. Johnson arrived and built a general store at the (present day) Belt Line and Hampton crossroads. After a post office was built in the community, it was finally given a name in dedication to local doctor T. H. DeSoto Stewart. Until World War II, the small farming community had not changed much. However, after the war, it began to rapidly grow with the rest of the cities in the area. Because of this growth, resident voters petitioned for incorporation as a means to fix an inadequate water distribution system. With only two opposing votes, the city officially became incorporated on March 3, 1949.
The city, which at the time had a population of only 400 residents, was the 19th organized municipality in Dallas County. In 1974, the city merged with nearby Woodland Hills and by 1980, the population had grown to about 15,000. Today, there are more than 50,000 residents living in what is now the largest city in southwest Dallas County.
There are so many things to do in DeSoto – too many to mention all of them. Residents love to visit the many parks around the city. Included in the parks is the 75-acre Windmill Hill Nature Preserve at the corner of Duncanville and Wintergreen. The trail that winds through Windmill Hill was name the Best Urban Hiking Trail by the Dallas Observer in September of 2001. Located at Grimes Park is the 60,000 square foot Metroplex BMX, which was the country’s first covered BMX facility. At Mosely Park, residents enjoy the pleasures of Mosely Pool, which features two water park-style slides, kids’ splash areas, and a section for lap-swimming. Some of the city’s special events include the Daddy & Daughter Valentine Dance, the Crawfish Festival, the July 4th Celebration, the Best Southwest Juneteenth Celebration, and the Music in the Parks Series at the Town Center Amphitheater.
With close to 70 neighborhoods within this beautiful city, finding the perfect location can be easy as pie. There are so many possibilities for you and your family. Some of the best communities include Hampton Meadows, The Estates of Windmill Hill, Timberbrook, and the prestigious Briarwood Estates.
DeSoto is served by three public school districts, the primary being DeSoto Independent School District. The school district is home to 13 campuses, one of which is an Early Childhood Academy. It offers high school students a Collegiate Magnet Program, which allows them to simultaneously earn a high school diploma and an associates degree. The Collegiate is just one of four Magnet Programs offered to its students. Smaller portions of the city are served by both Duncanville Independent School District and Dallas Independent School District. The city is also home to seven private schools and has a number of nearby public and private colleges and universities, including Southern Methodist University and Dallas Baptist University.
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