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Highland Park, Texas has a fascinating history. As early as 1837, a Texas Ranger scouting expedition found a beautiful place to camp by the “creek with all the turtles.” Today, Turtle Creek is the heart of Highland Park, Texas, one of the most beautiful and exclusive cities in the country. The area was first settled by a Henry Exall in the late 1880’s, and for many years referred to his property as “lomo alto,” or high land, because it was elevated above the city of Dallas to the south. He dammed the creek and created what is now known as Exall Lake, and was stalled in efforts to form a town by the financial Panic of 1893.
It was in 1906 that development as a city began. John S. Armstrong bought the Exall land and hired the landscape designer who planned Beverly Hills, California (Wilbur David Cook) to lay out the new city of Highland Park. Almost 20% of the land was set aside for city parks. The city incorporated in 1913 and the last development was in 1924. From 1919 through 1945 Dallas attempted to annex Highland Park, but the small city successfully resisted. By the 1950’s, the population had risen to a high water mark of about 13,000. But because of strict zoning, the population has slowly tapered off and today is closer to 9,000. exall Hardwood Flooring began serving Highland Park as a hardwood flooring installer of choice in the early 1960’s, and has been proud to do so ever since!
This burg of high-end homes, with prices averaging well over a million dollars, is known for its beautifully tree-lined streets, gorgeous parkland, and highly ranked public schools. It is also known for the huge old Pecan Tree at Armstrong and Preston, which is over 140 years old, and is ceremoniously lit with Christmas lights each year.
The city is half of the “Park Cities” with University Park to the north, and they are that rare suburb entirely surrounded by its major city neighbor, Dallas, managing to keep its own elite identity. Though largely residential, Highland Park is well-known for its shopping centers, the venerable Highland Park Village (built in 1931) on the north end of town, and The Shops of Highland Park on the south end of town.
It is also the home of the magnificent rolling hills of the exclusive Dallas Country Club. It also has a fine public swimming pool, tennis courts, and public library. Although it was designed a hundred years ago, Highland Park fits perfectly into the urban planning trends of today: Self-contained, walkable, filled with parks. Texas Hardwood Flooring is proud to have served the homeowners of Highland Park for over fifty years, offering the best in hardwood flooring installation and consultation for homes that demand professional precision. Call today to learn more!
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