"Garland is Carland"
- Ken Pruitt, circa 1968.
Garland is in every way the Typical
American Suburban City adjoining Dallas.
Garland grew from a farming community incorporated in 1891 and was known for years
thereafter as the "Onion Capitol of
the World". Some of today's more popular
industries were established during World War II, including the famous Resistol Hat
Factory, which provided head ware for "J. R.
Ewing" played by Larry Hagman. This famous television character
and the smash hit TV show "Dallas" were icons during the Reagan era.
The Center for performing Arts, Fifth & Austin Sts., is home to Garland Symphony,
Civic Theater, Big G (country music), and summer musicals. Garland is also the home of
Landmark Museum -
Landmark Museum, housed in former Santa Fe depot, includes antique rail car.
The Landmark Museum displays early settler's artifacts, old
newspapers, farm implements and quilts. Housed in the former Santa Fe depot, the Landmark
Museum features an antique rail car on the grounds. Also, visitors can view the restored
Lyles House, a "matchbox style" home; exterior views only. Museum open
Mon. - Fri. 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. In Heritage Park, 4th & State Sts. For information call
Surf and Swim -
Ride four-foot waves in Garland's municipal wave-action pool
surrounded by grass beaches and pecan trees. Open daily June - September. 440 Oates Dr.
off I-635. For additional information, call (972)686-1237.
On Lake Ray Hubbard; 105-foot double deck, paddle wheeler offers
dinner cruises Wed. - Fri., Sun. Reservations required. Departs from Elgin B. Robertson
Park. Dalrock Rd. exit south off I-30 East. (972)771-0039.
Photo of a local Garland resident.
taken by James DeFord