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
SEE 'GHOSTS OF SOUTHLAKE PAST'
ON TOUR OF 2 OLD CEMETERIES
Pioneer women with stories to tell, a girl who fled a legendary Comanche raid, preachers, horse thieves, cowboys and Civil War veterans will come to life starting at 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 7, at our second annual Cemetery Tour.
You'll tour Lonesome Dove Cemetery, one of Tarrant County's oldest, and Hood Cemetery, in the Coventry Manor subdivision.
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Above, Bruce McGaha of Southlake portrayed Spencer Graham during last year's tour. He fought for the Confederacy and lived in now-Southlake when the West was wild. His ggg granddaughter Rebecca Utley is on the board of the Southlake Historical Society.
Kelsey Sager of Southlake told Malinda Hill's story. Malinda escaped Parker's Fort when Cynthia Ann Parker was taken by Comanche. Years later, Malinda was buried in Lonesome Dove Cemetery. Her oldest son hand-carved her unusual tombstone.
PHOTO EXHIBIT IN TOWN HALL
UNTIL WEDNESDAY, OCT. 23
This historical image is one of 15 hanging in Southlake Town Hall as part of an exhibit mounted by the Southlake Historical Society. A Walk Through Time: Historical Photographs of Southlake is on display until Oct. 23 in the lobby of Town Hall, 1400 Main St.
This photograph is of area Confederate veterans who were members of Co. G, 18th Texas Cavalry.
A special thanks to First Financial Bank of Southlake and individual sponsors Mayor Laura Hill and SHS vp Emily Galpin for underwriting the canvas images.
Priority Signs & Graphics, Southlake, enlarged and transferred the images to gallery-quality canvas.
THE EXCITING HISTORY OF DRAGON FOOTBALL
Email us and we will let you know as soon as the book is available.
Get an up-close 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.
76092 magazine's Sept-Oct issue has a 4-page spread on the book. See new photos of coaches Ledbetter and Wasson and old football pictures. 76092 is online, and complimentary copies are available at the Southlake Library.
'A PERFECT SLICE OF AMERICANA'
Southlake Arts magazine's Sept issue reveals the history of the Southlake Historical Society. The magazine is online and also available at the Southlake Library.