Introduction to Farmers Branch, Texas
Farmers Branch History
Thomas Keenan and his wife were the first settlers to arrive in this region in 1842. At that time, the place was known as "Mustang" but the name was changed to "Farmers Branch" because of the area's rich soil and farmland. This name was given by William Cochran, one of the original recipients of land grants in the region. Following the establishment of the Texan Land and Emigration Company in 1845, Farmers Branch became widely advertised and was soon among the most well known communities in Dallas County. Rev. William Bowles established a gristmill and a blacksmith shop in 1845, and a post office was opened in 1848. The Dallas and Wichita Railroad built a depot in 1877. Farmers Branch was incorporated as a city on February 23, 1946.
Farmers Branch and Nearby Attractions
- African American Museum
- Dallas World Aquarium
- Little Chapel-in-the-Woods
- Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary
- Dallas Zoo
- Cedar Hill State Park
Things To Do In Farmers Branch
Little Chapel-in-the-Woods is a place of historic interest near Farmers Branch. This chapel, designed by O'Neil Ford and built in 1941, is considered to be one of the finest buildings in Texas. Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary is situated on almost 300 acres of land, and features live animals, a native plant garden, indoor and outdoor exhibits, and hiking trails. African American Museum, Dallas Museum of Art, National Museum of Communications, Heritage Farmstead Museum, and Frontiers of Flight Museum showcase exhibits reflecting the region's historical and cultural heritage. Various recreational activities like camping, boating, picnicking, and hiking can be enjoyed at the Cedar Hill State Park, and Ray Roberts Lake State Park. Among other popular destinations are the Dallas Zoo, Farmers Branch Historical Park, Southfork Ranch, Fort Worth Botanical Garden, and the Dallas World Aquarium.
Farmers Branch Transportation
The closest major airport is Dallas/ Fort Worth International Airport.
Farmers Branch Higher Education
Farmers Branch is home to the Brookhaven College, and Dallas Christian College. Collin County Community College, University of Dallas, and North Lake College are located nearby.