Grand Prairie

Grand Prairie is thirteen miles west of downtown Dallas in western Dallas and eastern Tarrant counties. It is crossed by State highways 161, 180, and 303, Interstate highways 20 and 30, and Farm Road 1382 (Belt Line Road). The townsite comprises approximately eighty-one square miles enclosed by Dallas, Arlington, Irving, and Cedar Hill. Mountain Creek Lake is on the east, a portion of Joe Pool Lake is in southern Grand Prairie, and Kirby, Cottonwood, and Fish creeks flow through the community, as well as the West Fork of the Trinity River. Settlers arrived in the area before the Civil War and built several stores, including the M. M. Miller store and the Phillip Goetsell store. The community was not organized, however, until 1863 when A. M. Dechman's wagon broke down on his trip from Jacksonville, Texas, to Fort Belknap with supplies for the army commissary. He traded his broken wagon, ox team, and $200 of Confederate money for a 239-acre tract that had originally been granted on May 1, 1850, to William and Walter Caruth.

Adapted from the official Handbook of Texas, a state encyclopedia developed by the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA). It is an authoritative source of trusted historical records.

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Currently Exists

Yes

Place type

Grand Prairie is classified as a Town

Associated Names

  • (Dalworth)
  • (Deckman)

Locations

  • Latitude
    32.68645870
    Longitude
    -97.02121000

Has Post Office

Yes

Is Incorporated

Yes

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Grand Prairie by the Numbers

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Population Counts

Grand Prairie
Pop. Year Source
194,168 2019 Texas Demographic Center
175,396 2010 Texas Demographic Center
127,427 2000 Texas Demographic Center
99,606 1990 Texas Demographic Center
71,462 1980 Texas Demographic Center
50,904 1970 Texas Demographic Center
30,386 1960 Texas Demographic Center
14,594 1950 Texas Demographic Center
1,595 1940 Texas Demographic Center
1,529 1930 Texas Demographic Center
1,263 1920 Texas Demographic Center
994 1910 Texas Demographic Center