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Old Posted Sep 14, 2019, 8:39 AM
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Originally Posted by SFBruin View Post
I always wondered how Dallas-Fort Worth got to be so big. It seems to be in a fairly random spot. On a river, but not a particularly major one.
Not a major river at all. The Trinity isn’t navigable. It was an early transportation route, but only for short distances. Dallas developed as a trading post at the best place to cross it, an area that was the intersection of early Indian prairie and forest trails. Which then became where railroads converged and Dallas developed into a major commerce center for shipping agricultural products (largest inland cotton market) to the developed Northern and Eastern areas of the country. So the location seems kinda random, but it was just a good place for transportation/trade. Very similar to Atlanta in that they were crossroads.
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