Garland City is an inner town located northeast of Dallas City. It is considered a vital part of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Even though several small portions are located within Collin County, most of Garland City lies within Dallas County. It is the twelfth most inhabited city in the state of Texas with a present population of approximately 227,000. There are two DART Light Rail Line transit stations situated within the city of Garland. One is at Jupiter Road and Forest Land whilst the other is located in Historic Downtown Garland. The D/FW International Airport is situated about half an hour away.
The area was first settled during the year 1850 with the community officially being launched during 1874. The settlement was named after the corn mill that was made by a man named Moles on the northwest bank of Duck Creek. Luckily for the settlers, the black soil was perfect for growing cotton. Cotton fast became their primary agricultural product and, by the year 1867, two cotton gins had been built. A post office was finally established in the year 1878.
The city of Garland over the last few years have seen numerous noticeable developments, particularly within the northern part of the city. During the year 2003 the city of Garland opened Hawaiian Falls Water Park, that was followed shortly by both the Firewheel Town Center and the School District's Special Events Centre during 2005. The Firewheel Town Center hosts more than one hundred businesses in an outdoor mall surroundings.
Along with Trammell Crow Company during the year 2009, Garland City completed a private/public transaction so as to develop the parking lot and old courthouse located between 6th Street, 5th Street, and on the North Side of Austin Street into a transit oriented development called 5th Street Crossing. This particular development contains more than 189 residential apartment units together with 11,000 SF of flex retail. The downtown DART Rail station and City hall are situated cater-corner to 5th Street Crossing.