City of Garland

City Of Garland

  • <p>Garland square, 1932 (Garland Landmark Society)</p> <p>Commercial square with many cars parked and large crowd of people dated 1932</p>
  • <p>Scott’s Sandwich Shop, early 1950s (Garland Landmark Society)</p> <p>Sheriff car in front of small building with front awning and signs saying Scott Sandwich Shop, Sandwiches Short Orders, and Pause…Drink Coca Cola </p>
  • <p>Original Bankhead route on 9th Street, late 1920s (Garland Landmark Society)</p> <p>Three women walking down a road with buildings on either side </p>
  • <p>Morrison’s Garage, ca. 1920 (Garland Landmark Society)</p> <p>Large garage with signs saying Firestone Tires, Morrison’s Garage. Canopied driveway with gas pump attached and sign saying Magnolia Gasoline </p>
  • <p>West Side Rock Courts (Boston Public Library)</p> <p>Colorized postcard of small brick buildings behind trees labeled West Side Rock Courts, U.S. Highway 78, Garland, Texas</p>


Understanding the potential economic impact of the automobile, Garland got to work early on its road system. In 1919 Texas Bankhead Highway Association Secretary Arthur P. Dyer noted that Garland was the only town on the Texas route which had voluntarily organized and gone to work without asking for outside help. In 1920, several car dealerships opened, likely in response to the growing tourism and the town’s increasing prosperity. Other businesses soon followed and Garland quickly became a pit-stop for tourists on their way to larger destinations. In response to this, many improvements were made, including constructing a concrete bridge over Duck Creek on the west side of town. Increased traffic passing through Garland for the Texas Centennial Celebration in Dallas in 1936 led to more improvements, including widening the highway through downtown and installing signs at the city limits that read “Entering Garland, the City of Beautiful Homes.” Garland hosts many community events during year, and you’re sure to find a hopping city any time you visit.

Garland Convention and Visitors Bureau

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