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. 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
Bruce McGaha, vp marketing
Anita Robeson, historian
Our exhibit "Taking Flight: How aviation changed North Texas and Southlake" is now over. If your club or business would like to display the panels that tell about Southlake's 12 grass airstrips and the local people who enjoyed them, contact us.
Aug. 15's panel discussion about the economic impact of D/FW Airport on Southlake and its residents was a gathering of distinguished, longtime Southlake leaders who gave their audience an authentic look at the history of D/FW Airport and what it meant to Southlake. If you missed the discussion, check the city's local channel to find out when it will be rebroadcast.
The Southlake Historical Society wishes to thank our panelists for their time as well as their professional and personal remembrances.
Southlake Mayor Laura Hill
Tarrant County Commissioner Gary Fickes
former Southlake director of economic development, Greg Last
president of Cooper and Stebbins, Frank Bliss
Realtor Lou Hillman
D/FW International Airport VP of commercial development and the moderator, John Terrell
Thanks to our honorary advisory board for their help and guidance in presenting this exhibit: Southlake Mayor Laura Hill, Tarrant County Commissioner Gary Fickes, former Southlake Mayor John Terrell and aviation enthusiast Zena Rucker.
Special thanks to Tarrant County Archivist Dr. Dawn Youngblood for her encouragement, guidance and assistance with the resources of the Tarrant County Archives in order to launch this exhibit.
Thank you to Janice and Curt Horak and their professional team at Priority Signs and Graphics in Southlake for their exceptional work in creating the local aviation displays for this exhibit.
A very special thank you to the City of Southlake, the Southlake Library, the Southlake Arts Council and Apex for their continuing partnership in bringing Southlake history to life.
The July 18 Paper Airplane Toss from the third floor of Town Hall was a hit! More than 100 young people (and a few paper-airplane-throwing parents) participated. Special thanks to the Southlake Library for sponsoring the event. (Photo courtesy of Vicky Schiber)
IF YOU'RE A DRAGON FAN, YOU GOTTA GET THIS BOOK
CLICK HERE to order a Dragon football book.
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.
Click above or drop by the Southlake Library or CISD Administration Bldg. to purchase an informative and entertaining book just in time for football season!