PEACELINKS - Dallas
and cattle crossings - The Dallas
and Forthworth metroplex - with more people
than the entire state of Oklahoma - is one of
the fastest growing urban centers in the U.S.
Once famous for cotton, cattle, and oil, the
area now includes Fortune 500 corporations,
major defense companies, and hi-tech manufacturers.
With 5.2 million people, the Metroplex is the
largest metropolitan area in Texas..
Dallas was founded in 1841 and
was named after George M. Dallas, who was the
United States Vice President at the time and
supported Texas' annexation. the origin of the
city's name is debatable. Dallas was so called
by its residents at least as early as 1843.
In 1855, a group of European artists
and musicians set up a utopian community west
of Dallas called La Reunion. When that venture
collapsed in 1857, many of the artists moved
to Dallas where they established the base of
the artist culture that exists today in the
Deep Ellum neighborhood.Today, Dallas boasts
a lot of theater with much room for experimentation
and a live music breeding ground for artists
digging in to hone their craft before heading
off to larger fame. The integrated-circuit computer
chip was invented in Dallas in 1958 and Dallas
became known as Texas' "Silicon Prairie."