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
Keep an eye on Southlake's historical Blossom Prairie, where the log house is located, because more than a dozen varieties of wildflowers are starting to bloom there. Last fall, scouts and families came to our "buffalo stomp" to scatter wildflower seeds and "stomp" them into the ground so they would take hold and bloom this spring.
Blossom Prairie, named in the mid-1800s, is where wagon trains filled with settlers, gold seekers and others stopped on their way west.
Find Blossom Prairie and the 1850s-era log house under the water tower near Bicentennial Park's White Chapel Blvd. entrance, Colorful signs tell the stories of this "Home Sweat Home."
Kids, watch for Bonnet, the playful blue dog.
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. Or, buy a copy at the library.