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3 Little Known Facts About Grand Prairie

Are you thinking about moving to an apartment in Grand Prairie? You’re sure to love living in this northeast Texas town, what with all the great community events, downtown shopping and dining and access to beautiful public art. If you’ve been doing your research, you might think you know all there is to know about Grand Prairie. However, these three little known facts might surprise you.

Fact 1

Grand Prairie’s unique location means it’s actually situated in three separate counties. Depending on who you ask, you’ll hear Grand Prairie called a suburb of either Forth Worth or Dallas. The city has a small town feel without actually being all that small. In fact, Grand Prairie is the 15th most populated city in Texas. We are a close-knit community that has the excitement of a big city.

Fact 2

The original name of Grand Prairie was Dechman, named after Alexander McRae Dechman who settled the area in 1863. He ended up trading half the township to T&P Railroad in exchange for having the tracks run through Dechman.

However, since T&P Railroad owned half the land in town, this created confusion with the US Postal Service. That’s why in 1909, the town was renamed Grand Prairie due to its location in the beautiful grand prairie separating Dallas and Fort Worth.

Fact 3

Quite a few famous people were born in Grand Prairie. Some of the most well known include:

  • Singer and actress Selena Gomez
  • Young and the Restless actor and Daytime Emmy winner Billy Miller
  • Former Washington Redskins player and Pro Football Hall of Famer Charley Taylor
  • Retired major league baseball pitcher Kerry Woods

If Grand Prairie sounds like the right place for you to find a high-end apartment, contact Derby Park Apartments today! Our beautiful floor plans and high-end amenities make this a great place to live. We’re looking forward to hearing from you.