Arlington Population- 332,969   Alt. 616

General -
First settlement in Caddo Indian territory was Bird’s Fort on trinity River; in 1845 a trading post was established at Mary le Bone Springs. About 1876 the town moved in to its present site when the railroad built through.

Agriculturally oriented until World War II, the strategic area between Dallas and Fort worth has since then experienced mushrooming growth from business, industrial and recreational factors. Arlington State College (founded 1895) became the University of Texas at Arlington 1965.

Fielder Museum -

Brick prairie-style house once was home of Arlington community leader James Park Fielder. Exhibits of Arlington and are history, plus traveling exhibits. Open Tues. - Fri. 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Sun. 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. 1616 West Abram at Fielder Road (Exit south off I-30 at Fielder Road)

Johnson Plantation Cemetery / Park -

Log cabins of early pioneering families, one-room schoolhouse, log cabin barn, two interurban way stations, and bowl from mineral water well that marked downtown Arlington for 75 years. Open Sun. June - Sept. 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. On Arkansas Lane between Center Street and Matlock Road.

Kow Bell Rodeo -

Indoor rodeoing every weekend night - bull riding Fri., general rodeo events Sat. and Sun. In Mansfield, Tex., 11 mi. south of Arlington via F.M. 157.

Parks -

42 parks comprising 1,474 acres; 320 acres naturalistic area; 7 swimming pools, 70 ball fields, 18 lighted tennis courts, 3 municipal golf courses.

PGA Family Golf Center -

Provides recreational and instructional activities on golf for the entire family. Features practice driving ranges, sand bunkers, instructional classes, two 18-hole miniature golf courses, and video arcade. Driving range, tee boxes and miniature golf courses lighted for night play. Open Sun. - Thurs. 8 a.m. - 10 p.m. (11 p.m. Fri., Sat.) At 1301 Green Oaks Blvd. Admission.

Six Flags Over Texas-

Two hundred acre theme park features fun and fantasy in settings of lavish landscaping.  More than five hours of special shows, musical reviews and puppet theater are available with all the rides on an all-inclusive admission ticket. Food, beverages and souvenirs extra. Two-day and season tickets available. Open weekends spring and fall; daily during summer. From I-30 between Dallas and Fort Worth, exit on Texas 360 south.

“Holiday in the Park,”-

When Six Flags rides are silent, features Christmas musicals, ice show, and Bugs Bunny holiday show. Giant sledding hill, complete with “snow”, and holiday lights transform park into a glittering wonderland. Park open weekends starting Fri. after thanksgiving; nightly Dec. 16-31 except for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. For shows schedule call (817)640-8900.

Sewing Machine Museum -

Adjacent to the antique shop in same building, quaint museum features some 70 different sewing machines. 24 dating during and before the War between the States. Oldest is 1858 Wheeler and Wilson. Kids allowed to sew on Singer treadle machine. Open Tues. - Sat. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. At 804 West Abram St. Admission.

Texas Rangers Baseball Club -

Home games of the American League Rangers are played in a stadium called "The Ballpark at Arlington" in the season from Apr. through Sept. Most games are at 7:35 p.m. Exit at F.M. 157 (Collins St.) from I-30 midway between Dallas and Fort worth.

University Art Gallery -

Exhibits of art and architecture. Open Mon. - Fri. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Sun. 1-4 p.m.; Fine Arts Building, 601 Monroe St.

Visitor Center -

Directions and details for local sites, events, hotels, restaurants and retail stores; open daily. Near entrance to Six Flags Drive.

Six Flags Hurricane Harbour -

Part of the "Six Flags Over Texas" family of theme parks and hotels, the state’s largest water oriented family recreation park offers ocean-sized waves in Surf Lagoon, six giant water flumes topped by the Kamikaze slide that plunges down a 300-foot water speedway from 60 feet high. Dive into the bubble machine, ride a trolley, experience the Raging Rapids through waterfalls, rain tunnels and whirlpools. Abundant water games for adults and kids of all ages; all-inclusive admission ticket. Open weekends spring and fall; daily during summer. From I-30 between Dallas and Fort Worth, take exit Texas 360 north or Texas 157 north to Lamar Blvd.



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