Like most Texas towns, Duncanville was established when the railroad came through.
In this case the Chicago, Texas and Mexican Central Railroad Company wanted to
bu8ild a railroad from Dallas to Cleburne . The year was 1881, and the original name
was Duncan Switch. The name changed to Duncanville in 1882 when the post office was
established. Today you will find an entrepreneurial spirit and diverse economy in
this Southwest Dallas County city.
Many parks provide recreation here for everything from picnics to sporting events.
Unique antique shops, arts and crafts stuff and boutiques are found within the downtown
Additional information on dining, events and accommodations may be obtained from the
Duncanville Convention and Visitors Bureau at 972/ 780-5099.
Dallas Nature Center -
360 acre park in southwest Dallas county near Joe Pool Lake offers seven miles of
hiking trails, picnic areas, a visitor center and gift shop. Habitat for
black-capped vireo and other birds, a variety of Texas mammals, reptiles, fish and bugs.
Mary Alice Perkins Bland Butterfly Garden attracts a variety of native
butterflies with wild flowers and reflecting pools.
Open daily 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. Take I-20 to Mountain Creek Parkway and exit; south
2.5 miles to 7171 Mountain Creek Parkway. Telephone: 972/ 296-1955.
Hiking and Biking Trails -
Several trails are dotted throughout the city and nearby parks. The Dallas Nature
Center (above) offers six trails for hiking only Lloyd Park at Joe Pool Lake
features a 3.1 mile trail. For information, 817/ 467-2104. Boulder Park within
the city features more than three miles than trails. For information, call 972/
556-0640. Cedar Hill State Park is an 1,850-acre park on east shore of Joe Pool Lake
amid rolling cedar-covered hills. Camping, trailer facilities, picnicking, shelters,
swimming, rest rooms and showers, hiking and fishing are all available. Although
considered an urban park because of its location, the beauty of the woods makes it a
popular destination for Dallas/Fort Worth residents. At night, the Metroplex skyline
lights are reflected softly in the lake. Cedar Hill has two trails, a 2.5 mile and a
7 mile course. For information, call 972/ 556-0640.
International Museum of Cultures -
This museum reflects the work of an organization which creates written language for
"hidden" peoples who have no written language. The museum focuses on
life styles and cultures of these peoples, with artifacts and exhibits. Open
Tuesday - Friday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday open 1:30 - 5 p.m.
7500 West Camp Wisdom road.