The challenge of history is to recover the past and introduce it to the present.
– Historian David Thelen
Thanks for visiting our website, our "museum" filled with stories about Southlake's past and lots of photos.
Whether you are an old-timer or a newcomer, living in Southlake is a much richer experience when you know its history.
Start your journey by watching the Photo Slideshow, above, and taking the Magical History Tour. Explore the History of Southlake (under Area West of Grapevine, see a map that shows where stills, beer joints and a dog track were located) and the more than 300 photos in the Photo & Video Gallery.
In Buildings & Markers, learn about the 1919 Carroll School, where Carroll ISD AND the city of Southlake were born; Southlake’s log house, built of logs cut about the time Lincoln was president; and the 10 historical markers in town, including one that commemorates the two state troopers killed at Dove Road and Texas 114 by Bonnie and Clyde and/or a member of their gang.
Take a look around. Thanks for stopping by!
Connie Cooley, president, Southlake Historical Society
P.S. If you'd like to contact us, click About Us at the top of this page and drop us a quick email. We'd love to hear from you!.
2015-2016 SHS board
Connie Cooley, president
Rebecca Utley, secretary
Lou Ann Heath, treasurer
Emily Galpin, vp membership
Tamara McMillan, vp programs
Anita Robeson, historian
Fans of the Lonesome Dove book and miniseries can "take an epic journey with Gus and Call" during the Lonesome Dove Reunion in Fort Worth now through March 31. Events include museum exhibitions, panel discussions with the cast and crew, and a showing at Sundance Square of the six-hour miniseries. See www.lonesomedovereunion.com for a schedule.
BUT DID YOU KNOW: The captivating name Lonesome Dove originated in now-Southlake in 1846, nearly 150 years before Larry McMurtry wrote his Pulitzer Prize-winning book. The name that early settlers chose for their church inspired him to finish the book.
Read a fascinating piece on Lonesome Dove in the July 2010 issue of Texas Monthly, available online. McMurtry says:
“The script had languished for twelve years … so I bought it back. Then I picked it up and laid it back down three times. … I didn’t have a title.
"One night I was having dinner at the famous steakhouse in Ponder, about ten miles west of Denton, and I saw this old church bus with Lonesome Dove written on its side and knew that was it. I went home and finished the book.”
Have you seen all the changes to Southlake's beautiful Bicentennial Park? The Marq is the most recent addition and this beautiful building offers residents and local businesses meeting rooms, a ballroom and outdoor amphitheater for special events. Take time to stop by and tour the facilities.
While you're there, take a stroll and visit the 1850s-era log house located under the water tower near the park's White Chapel Blvd. entrance. Read the colorful signs that surround the house to learn how it was built, who might have lived there, what Texas pioneer life was really like and much more. See an Indian lookout, just steps away.
Kids, keep an eye out for Bonnet, the playful blue dog.
And don't forget your camera! The house built of logs that were cut and hewn when the West was wild is a great place to take some Texas-themed pictures of your family.
Coming this year will be some new additions to the log house. Check back here for updates.
DRAGON FOOTBALL BOOKS ON SALE NOW!
CLICK HERE to order yours.
GREAT GIFT FOR DRAGON FANS OF ALL AGES.
Get an up-close, year-by-year look at Dragon football, the folks who made it all happen, the players, the coaches and the die-hard fans in Images of Sports: Southlake Carroll Dragon Football by SHS president Connie Cooley.
Or, buy a copy at the Southlake Library, where you can also buy the book Southlake and a Southlake commemorative ornament.. The ornament, pictured in our General Store, is a collector's item.