Fun facts: Dallas!
Dallas has some unbelievable history and there is plenty to do in this bustling city. Anyone with a love of sports and the arts, quirky, vibrant and trendy places are going to LOVE it!
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Dallas introduced to us 7eleven! - First known as Tote’m stores because customers would “tote” their purchases away, the franchise name was changed to 7-Eleven in 1946 to reflect the stores’ new hours of operation (7am to 11pm).
Texan Chocolate Cake - Turns out, German chocolate cake isn’t actually German at all. Back in 1852, chocolatier Sam German created a type of sweet baking chocolate for the Baker’s chocolate company, called German’s Chocolate. But the cake is actually from Dallas!
DFW Airport is bigger than Manhattan - At 17,207 acres (27 square miles), the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport is larger than all of Manhattan (22.82 square miles). It’s the second largest airport by land area in the US (behind Denver), and the third largest in the world.
Everything’s bigger in Texas - Dallas is also home to the nation’s largest urban arts district. The Dallas Arts District takes up 68 acres downtown, consisting of 19 blocks of museums, venues, and galleries.
Outlaws - The infamous crime duo Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow are from the region. The pair spent 21 months on the run, robbing local banks, gas stations, and restaurants before meeting their fate. Both outlaws are buried in Dallas at different cemeteries.
Football Country - Dallas is football country. Dallas resident and American Football League founder Lamar Hunt coined the term “Super Bowl,” which at the time was referred to as the AFL-NFL Championship Game. Also, originally named the CowBelles & Beaux, The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders were the first ever professional cheerleading squad in 1972.
America’s first shopping centre - The Ritzy Highland Park Village opened in 1913 as the first and only planned cluster of retail shops in the country and still stands today, with luxury retail shops from Jimmy Choo to Christian Louboutin.
Frozen Margaritas - The home of Tex-Mex is also the birthplace of the frozen margarita machine. A young restaurateur named Mariano Martinez hit upon the idea after a visit to 7-Eleven’s slushie machines.
Historical City - You can still go see movies at the historic landmark theater where Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested. As it turns out, he wasn’t initially arrested for the murder of President John F. Kennedy at the Texas Theatre but for the killing of a local police officer named J.D. Tippit.
Party time - Dallas’ Deep Ellum neighbourhood is known for its trendy nightlife destinations and live music, but back before the cool kids were packing ‘90s venues like Trees, the area was a performance destination for masterful blues musicians including
Blind Lemon Jefferson, Leadbelly, T-Bone Walker, Ma Rainey, and Bessie Smith.
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