Grand Prairie, Texas


Grand Prairie is a city in
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, in the United States. It is part of the Mid-Cities region in the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex. It has a population of 175,396 according to the
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, making it the fifteenth most populous city in the state.


The city of Grand Prairie was first established as Dechman by Alexander McRae Dechman in 1863. He based the name of the town on Big Prairie, Ohio. Prior to then, he resided in Young County, Texas, Young County near Fort Belknap (Texas), Fort Belknap. The 1860 U.S. Federal Census - Slave Schedules shows an A McR Dechman as having 4 slaves, ages 50, 25, 37 and 10. Dechman learned that he could trade his oxen and wagons for land in Dallas County. In 1863, Dechman bought of land on the eastern side of the Trinity River (Texas), Trinity River and of timber land on the west side of the river for a broken-down wagon, oxen team and United States dollar, US$200 in Confederate States of America, Confederate money. He tried to establish a home on the property, but ran into difficulties, so he returned to his family in Birdville before joining in the American Civil War, Civil War. In 1867 he filed a town plat with Dallas County, consisting of . After the war, he returned to Birdville for two years before selling that farm in 1867 and moving to Houston, where yellow fever broke out, causing the family to settle in Bryan, Texas, Bryan. In 1876, Dechman traded half his "prairie" property to the T&P Railroad to ensure the railroad came through the town. The railroad named the depot "Dechman", prompting its namesake to relocate his home from Bryan to Dechman. His son Alexander had been living in Dechman and operating a trading post and farm. The first church in the area was the Good Hope Cumberland Sabbath School, established in 1870 by Rev. Andrew Hayter. The church was later renamed West Fork United Presbyterian Church of North America, United Presbyterian Church and remains an active church. The first U.S. post office opened in 1877 under the name "Deckman" rather than "Dechman", because the U.S. Postal Service couldn't read the writing on the form completed to open the post office. Later that same year, after the Postal Service had adopted the "Deckman" name, confusion resulted from the T&P Railroad designation "Grand Prairie". This name was based on maps drawn from around 1850 through 1858 that labeled the area between Dallas and Fort Worth "the grand prairie of Texas". In order to alleviate the confusion, the Postal Service named the post office "Grand Prairie". The town of Grand Prairie was eventually Municipal corporation, incorporated as a city in 1909. During World War I and since, Grand Prairie has had a long history with the defense and aviation industry. While the present-day Vought plant on Jefferson Avenue is part of a small strip within the Dallas city limits, it was originally in Grand Prairie. During World War II the North American Aviation Plant B produced the Consolidated B-24 Liberator and the North American P-51 Mustang, P-51C and K Mustang variants. After the war, Vought Aircraft took over the plant. This later became Ling Temco Vought (LTV) and then eventually returned to the Vought moniker. The plant was the production site for the F-8 Crusader and the A-7 Corsair II aircraft of the 1950–1989 time period. The LTV Missile and Space division produced missiles such as the Scout (rocket family), Scout and MLRS. This division was eventually sold to Lockheed Martin, which continues to operate in Grand Prairie. Grand Prairie was also the North American headquarters for Aérospatiale Helicopter. This company eventually became American Eurocopter, Airbus Helicopters, Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of Airbus Helicopters. In 1953, the mayor and city council of Grand Prairie attempted to annex nearly of then-unincorporated and largely undeveloped land in southern Dallas and Tarrant counties. Vehement debate ensued, and the legal pressure from cities like Arlington, Texas, Arlington, Duncanville, Texas, Duncanville and Irving, Texas, Irving wound up overturning part of the annexation attempt.


Grand Prairie is located along the border between Tarrant and Dallas counties, with a small portion extending south into Ellis County. The city is bordered by Dallas to the east, Cedar Hill, Texas, Cedar Hill and Midlothian, Texas, Midlothian to the southeast, Mansfield, Texas, Mansfield to the southwest, Arlington, Texas, Arlington to the west, Fort Worth, Texas, Fort Worth to the northwest, and Irving, Texas, Irving to the north. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of , of which is land and , or 11.08%, is water. The West Fork of the Trinity River (Texas), Trinity River and a major tributary, Johnson Creek (Texas), Johnson Creek, flow through Grand Prairie. Grand Prairie has a long history of flooding from Johnson Creek. In the 1980s, a major United States Army Corps of Engineers, Army Corps of Engineers project was begun to straighten the channel, which has reduced the damage of flooding.


As of 2010 Grand Prairie had a population of 175,396. The racial and ethnic composition of the population was 52.6% White (race), White, 20.0% Black (race), Black, 0.8% Native Americans in the United States, Native American, 6.5% Asian people, Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.1% non-Hispanic of some other race, 3.2% of two or more races and 42.7% Hispanic and Latino Americans, Hispanic or Latino. As of the census of 2000, there were 127,427 people, 43,791 households, and 32,317 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,784.6 people per square mile (689.1/km2). There were 46,425 housing units at an average density of 650.2 per square mile (251.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 62% White (U.S. Census), White, 13.5% African American (U.S. Census), African American, 0.8% Native American (U.S. Census), Native American, 4.42% Asian (U.S. Census), Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander (U.S. Census), Pacific Islander, 15.90% from Race (United States Census), other races, and 3.34% from two or more races. Hispanic (U.S. Census), Hispanic or Latino (U.S. Census), Latino of any race were 33% of the population. There were 43,791 households, out of which 41.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.9% were Marriage, married couples living together, 13.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.2% were non-families. 20.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 4.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.90 and the average family size was 3.38. In the city, the population was spread out, with 30.5% under the age of 18, 10.1% from 18 to 24, 34.1% from 25 to 44, 18.8% from 45 to 64, and 6.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females, there were 98.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.2 males. The median income for a household in the city was $46,816, and the median income for a family was $51,449. Males had a median income of $35,300 versus $28,184 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,978. About 8.7% of families and 11.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.2% of those under age 18 and 10.4% of those age 65 or over.


Grand Prairie is part of the humid subtropical region.


Local government

According to the city's 2007–2008 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the city's various funds had $275.5 million in revenues, $236.4 million in expenditures, $1,003.2 million in total assets, $424.9 million in total liabilities, and $305.9 million in cash and investments.City of Grand Prairie CAFR
Retrieved 2009-07-16
The Parkland Health & Hospital System (Dallas County Hospital District) operates the E. Carlyle Smith, Jr. Health Center in Grand Prairie. Grand Prairie as of 2012 has 320 municipal police officers. The city of Grand Prairie is a voluntary member of the North Central Texas Council of Governments association, the purpose of which is to coordinate individual and collective local governments and facilitate regional solutions, eliminate unnecessary duplication, and enable joint decisions.

Federal representation

The Federal Bureau of Prisons, Bureau of Prisons (BOP), of the United States Department of Justice, U.S. Department of Justice runs the Grand Prairie Office Complex on the grounds of the Grand Prairie Armed Forces Reserve Complex. Within the complex the BOP operates the Designation and Sentence Computation Center (DSCC), which calculates federal sentences, keeps track of the statutory "good time" accumulated by inmates and lump sum extra "good time" awards, and detainers. The BOP South Central Office is also on the armed forces complex grounds.


According to the city's 2018 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in the city are: American Eurocopter, Airbus Helicopters, Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of Airbus Helicopters, has its headquarters in Grand Prairie. In 1978 American Airlines announced that it would move its headquarters from New York City to the Dallas/Fort Worth area.American Airlines Finishes Moving into Headquarters Monday
" ''Associated Press'' at ''Ocala Star-Banner''. January 16, 1983. 6A. ''Google News'' 4 of 62. Retrieved on August 27, 2009.
The airline moved its headquarters into two leased office buildings in Grand Prairie. The airline finished moving into its Fort Worth, Texas, Fort Worth headquarters facility on January 17, 1983, when the airline left its Grand Prairie facility.


Primary and secondary schools

Public schools

Most of Grand Prairie's K-12 student population attends schools in the Grand Prairie Independent School District, which serves areas of Grand Prairie in Dallas County. The Mansfield Independent School District serves areas of Grand Prairie in Tarrant County and operates six elementary schools within the Grand Prairie city limits. Other portions of Grand Prairie reside within the Arlington Independent School District, Arlington, Cedar Hill Independent School District, Cedar Hill, Irving Independent School District, Irving, Mansfield Independent School District, Mansfield, and Midlothian Independent School District, Midlothian school districts. In Texas, school district boundaries do not follow city and county boundaries because all aspects of the school district government apparatus, including school district boundaries, are separated from the city and county government entirely, with the exception of the Stafford Municipal School District in the Houston area.

=Grand Prairie Independent School District


=Arlington Independent School District

= The Arlington ISD has the second highest portion of Grand Prairie's K-12 student population. Six Arlington ISD elementary schools are within the city limits of Grand Prairie. Grand Prairie residents in the Arlington ISD are located generally west of the Dallas-Tarrant County boundary and north of the intersection of Camp Wisdom and Lake Ridge in southwest Grand Prairie. One of the Arlington high schools, Bowie High School (Arlington, Texas), James Bowie High, has more Grand Prairie residents than Arlington residents that are students at the school. Grand Prairie student/residents in the Arlington ISD attend Bowie, Sam Houston High School (Arlington, Texas), Sam Houston, or Lamar High School (Arlington, Texas), Lamar High School in the Arlington ISD and their feeder elementary schools and junior high schools.

=Mansfield Independent School District

= The Mansfield ISD contains the third highest portion of the Grand Prairie's K-12 student population. Grand Prairie residents in the Mansfield ISD are located generally south of the intersection of Camp Wisdom and Lake Ridge, and west of Joe Pool Lake to the Tarrant and Ellis County line in southwest Grand Prairie. Three Mansfield ISD schools, Anna May Daulton Elementary; Louise Cabaniss Elementary; and Cora Spencer Elementary, are currently open within the city limits of Grand Prairie. The Mansfield ISD is the fastest growing ISD in Tarrant County, and the population growth in far southwest Grand Prairie is a major factor in the Mansfield ISD's subsequent growth. Grand Prairie students/residents in the Mansfield ISD attend Mansfield Timberview High School, Lake Ridge High School or Mansfield High School (Mansfield, Texas), Mansfield High School in the Mansfield ISD or their feeder elementaries and middle schools. Timberview High School is located on Texas State Highway 360, State Highway 360 less than from the Grand Prairie city line.

Colleges and universities

Dallas County residents are zoned to Dallas College (formerly Dallas County Community College District or DCCCD). Tarrant County residents are zoned to Tarrant County Junior College. Ellis County residents are zoned to Navarro College.



Interstate highways Interstate 20 in Texas, 20 and Interstate 30, 30 run east–west through the northern and southern parts of the city. Texas State Highways Texas State Highway Spur 303, Spur 303 (named Pioneer Parkway) and Texas State Highway 180, 180 (Main Street) also run east–west in the northern and central portions of the city. Texas State Highway 360, SH 360 runs for almost three miles in the northwestern portion of city; most of the highway runs just west of the city limits in Arlington, Texas, Arlington. Texas State Highway 161, SH 161, named the President George Bush Turnpike, runs north–south through western Grand Prairie. The main lanes were opened in late 2012 with frontage roads open since 2010. Portions of the highway located north of Texas State Highway, SH 180 are depressed while the portion south of SH 180 runs at-grade then becomes elevated. Frontage roads remain at-grade throughout. The frontage road intersection at Main Street will open sometime in 2013. Belt Line Road (Texas), Belt Line Road is a major north–south thoroughfare in the city. The section of the road south of Main Street is dual-labelled as Farm-to-Market Road, FM 1382, which travels south, past Interstate 20, I-20 and continues south to Cedar Hill, Texas, Cedar Hill. The section of the road north of Main Street keeps its name, continuing north into Irving, Texas, Irving. There is presently no public transportation in Grand Prairie, as the city is not a member of Dallas Area Rapid Transit, DART. The city declined membership in 1984. In the era of private operation of passenger trains prior to the onset of the Amtrak era in 1971, Texas and Pacific Railway trains such as the ''Texas Eagle (MP train), Texas Eagle'' and the ''Louisiana Eagle'' made stops in Grand Prairie, on trips between Fort Worth and Dallas. Amtrak's ''Texas Eagle'' (Chicago-San Antonio) makes stops at Dallas Union Station 12 miles to the east.


* In 1997 Lone Star Park opened, where each Memorial Day the Thoroughbred Meeting is held, with seven stakes races worth just over $1 million. * In 2000 GPX Skate Park was opened next to Lone Star Park, which hosted the 2001 and 2002 X Games trials. They closed in 2005 and were later re-opened in June 2006 by the Grand Prairie Parks and Recreation committee. * The state-of-the-art The Theatre at Grand Prairie, previously The Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie, NextStage and Nokia Live, is in Grand Prairie. Numerous concerts and other events are held here throughout the year. * Prairie Lights is a seasonal display, featuring more than three million lights on more than 500 lighted displays. Santa's elves, snowmen, reindeer, angels, penguins, stars, lollipops and the world's longest tunnel of lights are just a few of the displays showcased during the 40-day event. It also offers a unique out-of-car experience in Holiday Village midway through the drive with concessions, carousel rides, Santa's Store for shopping, and photos with Santa on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. * In 1973, Traders Village was opened off of Mayfield Road, and Texas State Highway 360, State Highway 360. It describes itself as the largest flea market in Texas, open on weekends from 7 A.M. until dusk. Special events are held there on certain weekends, including a chili cookoff, auto swap-meet, etc. * The Grand Prairie AirHogs minor league baseball team and their stadium, The Ballpark in Grand Prairie, were established in Grand Prairie in May 2007 and started play in May 2008. The team ceased operations after the 2020 season. * The historic Uptown Theatre in downtown Grand Prairie, reopened in 2008 after a year of renovations. It is now a playhouse and venue for concerts. * The National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA) bestowed its highest national award, the Gold Medal Award, to the Grand Prairie, Texas Parks and Recreation Department at the 2008 NRPA's Congress and Exposition in Baltimore. Grand Prairie, Texas won the award in the population group of 100,000-250,000. Grand Prairie is once again a finalist for the award in 2016. Grand Prairie offers some of the best parks and recreation venues in the country. * Located near I-30 and Beltline Rd, Turner Park became Grand Prairie's Heritage (1st ever) Park back in the 1940s and today it features one of the top Disc Golf courses in North Texas. *Grand Central Park, Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark is one of the largest indoor waterparks in Texas, and is a first-of-its-kind, opened January 2018 along with a recreation center nearby that opened later that year. *Ripley's Believe It or Not!, Ripley's Believe It Or Not / Louis Tussaud's Palace of Wax

Notable people

*Larry D. Alexander, artist and writer *Rodney Anderson (Texas politician), Rodney Anderson, Republican Party (United States), Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives from Grand Prairie (2011–2013); born in Grand Prairie *Wesley Duke, professional football player *Selena Gomez, singer, songwriter, and actressLauren Waterman (2009–05)
Selena Gomez: spell bound
''Teen Vogue''. Retrieved May 11, 2009.
*Ruthe Jackson, council member *Nets Katz, 2012 Guggenheim Fellow and Professor of Mathematics at Caltech *Jud Larson, auto racer *Jennifer McFalls, Olympic gold medalist and American softball coach *Billy Miller (actor), Billy Miller, actor, Daytime Emmy winner (''The Young and the Restless'') *Jeff Okudah, National Football League cornerback for the Detroit Lions *Hayley Orrantia, actress and singer, raised in Grand Prairie *Vergil Ortiz Jr., professional welterweight boxer *Charley Taylor, professional football player *Eric Vale, voice actor affiliated with Funimation *Kerry Wood, Major League Baseball pitcher


External links

City of Grand Prairie official websiteCensus Map - Grand Prairie, Texas
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