History of Irving, Texas
Irving, located in Dallas County, is the thirteenth most populous city in the US State of Texas, one of America’s largest states.
The history of this beautiful city traces its roots to humble beginnings, set up by two friends, its growth over the years is a testament to the hard work and dedication of its residents.
The present city originally started in 1889 as an area called Gorbit, before the name changed to Kit in 1894. Then J.O. “Otto” Schulze and Otis Brown, surveying land in the field for a railway line, bought 80 acres of land in 1902 and founded the town in 1903. Otis Brown’s wife, Netta Barcus Brown, was a great fan of American author, Washington Irving, the two friends named the town site after the author – Irving. They would later incorporate Irving as a city, and Otis Brown became its very first mayor.
Irving developed with time attracting more population, which led to the setting up of various institutions over the years such as churches, cotton gins, shops, and schools. Tertiary education soon appeared with the University of Dallas in Irving welcoming its first batch of students in 1956.
The city witnessed the establishment of amenities such as electricity, running water and a fire service in the 1920s despite its residents still being farmers and trading in cotton.
Towards the 1960s, with the city’s population approaching 50,000, the city’s economy started getting diversified to include manufacturing, transportation, retail and financial services. Sports also emerged as a key player in the residents’ day-to-day life with time leading to the opening of the Texas Stadium, the home field of the Dallas Cowboys, in 1971.
The city’s role in the economies of Texas and the US, in general, has increased in those formative years. Bragging for hosting the Mustangs, which is the largest equine sculpture in the world, Irving is one of the lucky cities in the world that is home to Fortune 500 companies, including ExxonMobil, Kimberly-Clark and Fluor Corporation.
As if that is not enough, Irving also accommodates the headquarters of other transnational firms including Caliber Home Loans, Chuck E. Cheese’s, Commercial Metals, Envoy Air (formerly American Eagle, Gruma, H.D. Vest, La Quinta Inns and Suites, Michaels Stores and Southern Star Concrete, Inc.
Others are ITW Polymers Sealants North America, NCH Corporation, Fluor Corporation, Stellar (a global contact center provider), Zale Corporation, LXI Enterprise Storage, and Celanese Corporation (a leading producer of specialty chemicals).
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