Grapevine is a city in
County, Texas, United States and a suburb of Fort
It was known in its early years as
Grapevine Prairie. An extremely small portion of the modern city
of Grapevine extends into neighboring Denton and Dallas counties.
As of the 2000 census the city
population was 42,101, though the 2006 U.S. Census
estimate puts the city's population at 48,583. The city
is named for wild mustang grapes
the area (the high school football team is named the Mustangs). In
recent years several wineries
in Grapevine, and the city has been very active in maintaining its
historic downtown area
. The city is adjacent
Lake, a large reservoir impounded by the Corps of
Engineers in 1952. Part of Dallas/Fort
Worth International Airport, which serves the cities of Dallas and Fort Worth, is located inside the city limits of
In 2007 CNNMoney.com
rated Grapevine as one of "America's Best Places to Live."
In October 1843, General Sam Houston
fellow Republic of Texas Commissioners camped at Tah-Wah-Karro
Creek, also known as Grape Vine Springs, to meet with leaders of 10
Indian nations. This meeting culminated in the signing of a treaty
of ‚Äúpeace, friendship, and commerce,‚ÄĚ which opened the area for
settlement by homesteaders and pioneers. The settlement was named
Grapevine because of its location on the Grape Vine Prairie near
Grape Vine Springs, both of which were named for the wild mustang
grapes that blanketed the area.
The first recorded white settlement in what would become the city
of Grapevine occurred in the late 1840s and early 1850s. The
Confederate general Richard
had property there. The site of his farm
is now the location for Dallas/Fort
Worth International Airport.
Growth during the 19th century was slow but
steady; by 1890 the town had about 800 residents, along with such
amenities as a newspaper
, a public school
, a post office
and a railroad
. Growth continued early in the 20th
century, and on January 12, 1914 the post office changed the town
name to the one-word title Grapevine, after the area had been known
by several other names.
Population fell during the period between the World Wars
as the economy stagnated, though the
city was officially incorporated by 1936. Population growth and
economic development resumed to some extent in the decades
immediately after World War II
. But it
was the opening of Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport in 1974
that spurred enormous development in the city and nearby towns.
Census figures show the unmistakable and typical pattern for cities
north of the airport: 2,821 in 1960, 7,023 in 1970, 11,801 in 1980,
29,202 in 1990, and 42,059 in 2000.
Sunday, April 1, 1934, Clyde Barrow
, and Henry Methvin
two young motorcycle
Wheeler and H.D. Murphy, near Grapevine.
, the man convicted in the
killing of Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey
, owned several cabins in Grapevine near Red Bird
Grapevine is home to many wineries and tasting rooms as well as the
Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association.
Grapevine is also the home city of 14 year old Daniel Johnson
, the Guinness Book of World
world record holder for Guitar
Grapevine is located at (32.935025, -97.085784).
According to the United
States Census Bureau
, the city has a total area of
35.9 square miles (92.9 km¬≤), of which, 32.3 square
miles (83.6 km¬≤) of it is land and 3.6 square miles
(9.3 km¬≤) of it (9.98%) is water.
As of the census
of 2000, there were 42,059
people, 15,712 households, and 11,312 families residing in the
city. The population density
1,303.0 people per square mile (503.1/km¬≤). There were 16,486
housing units at an average density of 510.7/sq mi
(197.2/km¬≤). The racial makeup of the city was 88.16% White
, 2.38% African American
, 0.07% Pacific Islander
, 4.58% from
, and 1.69%
from two or more races. Hispanic
of any race were 11.56% of the
There were 15,712 households out of which 42.1% had children under
the age of 18 living with them, 58.9% were married couples
living together, 9.4% had a female
householder with no husband present, and 28.0% were non-families.
22.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.7% had
someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average
household size was 2.66 and the average family size was 3.14.
In the city the population was spread out with 29.2% under the age
of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 36.6% from 25 to 44, 21.9% from 45 to
64, and 4.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was
34 years. For every 100 females there were 100.5 males. For every
100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.4 males.
According to a 2007 estimate, the median income for a household was
$75,995, and the median income for a family in was $89,632. Males
had a median income of $53,786 versus $38,844 for females. The
per capita income
for the city was
$31,549. About 3.1% of families and 4.8% of the population were
below the poverty line
, including 4.7%
of those under age 18 and 7.2% of those age 65 or over.:
Braniff Place, the final world headquarters facility for Braniff International Airways,
was built in what is now Grapevine, on the grounds of Dallas/Fort
In 1982 Braniff went bankrupt, so the
facility became GTE
Place; as of 2009 it is
Most of Grapevine is served by the Grapevine-Colleyville
Independent School District
. Other parts are served by Carroll
Grapevine High School
named both a National Blue
and a New
American High School
. It was ranked by Newsweek
as the 41st-best high school in the nation
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- Miller, Robert. " THEIR INSPIRATION OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP WINS
HONORS." The Dallas Morning News.
November 8, 1985. Retrieved on August 17, 2009.
- " Hotels." City of Grapevine. Retrieved on August
- " Resorts for rent: Once mainly for top executives,
some private conference and training centers with high amenities
now welcome outside business as their owners seek ways to break
even." Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
February 13, 2006. Retrieved on August 17, 2009.