Introduction to DeSoto, Texas
DeSoto, Texas, in Dallas county, is 13 miles SE of Grand Prairie, Texas (center to center) and 14 miles S of Dallas, Texas. The city is included in the Dallas metropolitan area. As of the year 2000 census, 37,646 people lived in DeSoto.
The frst settlers arrived in this area in 1847 making it one of the oldest North Texas communities. It established a post office in 1881 and was named DeSoto after Thomas Hernando DeSoto Stewart, a doctor who provided great service to the community. DeSoto and its neighboring areas saw improved development after World War II. The residents felt the need for incorporation in order to improve the water distribution system in their area. They petitioned the Dallas County judge for incorporation in February, 1949. The resulting approval and election led to the establishment of the City of DeSoto on March 3, 1949.
DeSoto and nearby Attractions
- Windmill Hill Preserve
- Mosely Park
- Thorntree Country Club
- Camp Wisdom
- Dallas Holocaust Museum
- Dallas World Aquarium
Things To Do In DeSoto
The Cedar Hill State Park, located at the Joe Pool Reservoir, covers an area of 1,826 acres and has trails, camping, picnic areas, and boating facilities. The park is also home to the Penn Farm Agricultural History Center. There are several other smaller parks in the area which have playgrounds, sports fields, and courts.
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport is a short distance away.
DeSoto Higher Education
Mountain View College, Dallas Baptist University, and Southern Methodist University provide programs for higher studies.