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.