First settlement in Caddo Indian territory was Birds Fort on trinity River; in 1845
a trading post was established at Mary le Bone Springs. About 1876 the town moved in to
its present site when the railroad built through.
Agriculturally oriented until World War II, the strategic area
between Dallas and Fort worth has since then experienced mushrooming growth from business,
industrial and recreational factors. Arlington State College (founded 1895) became the
University of Texas at Arlington 1965.
Fielder Museum -
Brick prairie-style house once was home of Arlington community
leader James Park Fielder. Exhibits of Arlington and are history, plus traveling exhibits.
Open Tues. - Fri. 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Sun. 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. 1616 West Abram at Fielder
Road (Exit south off I-30 at Fielder Road)
Johnson Plantation Cemetery / Park -
Log cabins of early pioneering families, one-room schoolhouse, log
cabin barn, two interurban way stations, and bowl from mineral water well that marked
downtown Arlington for 75 years. Open Sun. June - Sept. 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. On Arkansas Lane
between Center Street and Matlock Road.
Kow Bell Rodeo -
Indoor rodeoing every weekend night - bull riding Fri., general
rodeo events Sat. and Sun. In Mansfield, Tex., 11 mi. south of Arlington via F.M. 157.
42 parks comprising 1,474 acres; 320 acres naturalistic area; 7
swimming pools, 70 ball fields, 18 lighted tennis courts, 3 municipal golf courses.
PGA Family Golf Center -
Provides recreational and instructional activities on golf for the
entire family. Features practice driving ranges, sand bunkers, instructional classes, two
18-hole miniature golf courses, and video arcade. Driving range, tee boxes and miniature
golf courses lighted for night play. Open Sun. - Thurs. 8 a.m. - 10 p.m. (11 p.m. Fri.,
Sat.) At 1301 Green Oaks Blvd. Admission.
Six Flags Over Texas-
Two hundred acre theme park features fun and fantasy in settings of
lavish landscaping. More than five hours of special shows, musical reviews and
puppet theater are available with all the rides on an all-inclusive admission ticket.
Food, beverages and souvenirs extra. Two-day and season tickets available. Open weekends
spring and fall; daily during summer. From I-30 between Dallas and Fort Worth, exit on
Texas 360 south.
Holiday in the Park,-
When Six Flags rides are silent, features Christmas musicals, ice
show, and Bugs Bunny holiday show. Giant sledding hill, complete with snow,
and holiday lights transform park into a glittering wonderland. Park open weekends
starting Fri. after thanksgiving; nightly Dec. 16-31 except for Christmas Eve and
Christmas Day. For shows schedule call (817)640-8900.
Sewing Machine Museum -
Adjacent to the antique shop in same building, quaint museum
features some 70 different sewing machines. 24 dating during and before the War between
the States. Oldest is 1858 Wheeler and Wilson. Kids allowed to sew on Singer treadle
machine. Open Tues. - Sat. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. At 804 West Abram St. Admission.
Texas Rangers Baseball Club -
Home games of the American League Rangers are played in a stadium
called "The Ballpark at Arlington" in the season from Apr. through Sept. Most
games are at 7:35 p.m. Exit at F.M. 157 (Collins St.) from I-30 midway between Dallas and
University Art Gallery -
Exhibits of art and architecture. Open Mon. - Fri. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.;
Sun. 1-4 p.m.; Fine Arts Building, 601 Monroe St.
Visitor Center -
Directions and details for local sites, events, hotels, restaurants
and retail stores; open daily. Near entrance to Six Flags Drive.
Six Flags Hurricane Harbour -
Part of the "Six Flags Over Texas" family of theme parks
and hotels, the states largest water oriented family recreation park offers
ocean-sized waves in Surf Lagoon, six giant water flumes topped by the Kamikaze slide that
plunges down a 300-foot water speedway from 60 feet high. Dive into the bubble machine,
ride a trolley, experience the Raging Rapids through waterfalls, rain tunnels and
whirlpools. Abundant water games for adults and kids of all ages; all-inclusive admission
ticket. Open weekends spring and fall; daily during summer. From I-30 between Dallas and
Fort Worth, take exit Texas 360 north or Texas 157 north to Lamar Blvd.