Lewisville is a city in
Denton County, Texas in the U.S.
state of Texas.
of the 2000 census the city had a total population of 77,737. With
strong population growth continuing into the new millennium, the
U.S. Census Bureau
gives a 2008 population
estimate of 101,624. Lewisville is one of the oldest incorporated
cities (incorporated in 1925) in the northern area of the Dallas-Fort
Worth Metroplex, but it remained a
small rural town with just a few thousand people as late as the
Old Town Lewisville, undergoing a
revitalization with several original buildings still in
One of the earliest paleo-indian sites in North America is found in
Lewisville, TX, dating back to 1100 B.C.
The earliest white settlement in what is now Lewisville occurred in
the 1840s. Basdeal Lewis purchased the land around which Lewisville
would be formed and named the town after himself.
Growth was very slow during the 19th century, with population
rising to only about 500 by 1900. The settlement did boast several
agriculture-related industries, including a grist mill
, a cotton
, and a livery stable
mill. In 1885 the building currently housing the Greater Lewisville
Community Theater was constructed on the city's principal
thoroughfare, Main Street. It remains Lewisville's oldest standing
Lewisville High School opened in 1897, and in 1909 the first
in Denton County history
occurred at the First National Bank of Lewisville. In 1925
residents voted to incorporate the area as a city. Lewisville
slowly grew with its first automobile dealership
and traffic light
appearing over the next two
decades. The single signal light, at the intersection of Main and
Mill Streets, remained the only one in the city until the 1970s.
Another notable bank robbery occurred in 1934 at the First National
Bank, this time engineered by Raymond
of the Barrow gang (minus leaders Bonnie and Clyde
, who had visited the city
earlier that year).
Construction of the Lewisville Dam began in
1948 and concluded six years later, which expanded the Garza-Little
Elm Reservoir into the current 30,000-acre Lewisville Lake.
Population growth began to accelerate, and
the 1970 census counted 9,264 residents. In 1963 Lewisville became
one of the first Texas cities to integrate its school system, with
the first two African-American graduates from Lewisville High
School in 1965 and a third in 1966. The growth was mainly west of
Downtown Lewisville and kept moving further west with houses
In September 1969 the city hosted the Texas International Pop
on Labor Day weekend, with Janis Joplin
performing. Just 13 days after Woodstock the festival drew over 250,000 rock and jazz
In 1962, an episode of the television series "Route 66," Love
is a Skinny Kid
(2/25), starring Tuesday Weld
was filmed on location entirely in
Lewisville. The plot of the story revolved around a town that was
"evil" so the show's legal department advised a change of the name.
In this episode, Lewisville became "Kilkenny."
Worth International Airport opened in 1974, and the population of cities like
Lewisville and Flower Mound, north of the airport, began to explode.
census figures tell the story: 24,273 in 1980, 46,521 in 1990, and
77,737 in 2000. Rapid growth continues, though the city has tried
to maintain a small-town ambiance. Recently town home developments
have started to become popular with limited space west of
Interstate 35. Now that most of West and South Lewisville is
filled in with development all the way to Flower Mound and Coppell now the
development is looking East towards Carrollton and The Colony where
development is still sparse but quickly growing as the
higher-income Castle Hills addition is being developed.
However, most of East Lewisville is in the Little Elm Fork flood
plain so development will be more limited.
In 2008 Lewisville politicians began debating the idea of declaring
as the official language of
Lewisville's city hall that opened in
2003, replacing the former building on Main Street
Lewisville is located at (33.038316, -97.006232) , at an elevation
of about 550 ft (165 m).
According to the United
States Census Bureau
, the city has a total area of
42.3 square miles (109.7 kmÂ²), of which, 36.8 square
miles (95.3 kmÂ²) of it is land and 5.5 square miles
(14.3 kmÂ²) of it (13.08%) is water. It is bounded to the
east mainly by Carrollton, to the south by Coppell, to the west
Mound and to the north by Highland
Village and Lewisville Lake.
physical geography is not extremely varied in North Texas, significant geographical features
include Lewisville Lake itself, the Elm Fork of the Trinity
River and two local tributaries of the Elm Fork, Prairie
Creek and Timber Creek.
Vista Ridge, in the southeast corner
of Lewisville, is a small plateau upon and around which a bustling
retail area has grown.
Lewisville voted to become a member of the Denton County
in September 2003. It is currently served
with Commuter Express coach service to Denton and downtown
2010 Old Town Station
and Hebron Station
will open as commuter rail
stations on DCTA's A-train
As of the census
of 2000, there were 77,737
people, 30,043 households, and 19,828 families residing in the
city. The population density
2,112.8 people per square mile (815.8/kmÂ²). There were 31,764
housing units at an average density of 863.3/sq mi
(333.4/kmÂ²). The racial makeup of the city was 77.2% White
, 7.4% African American
, 8.3% from other races
, and 2.5% from two
or more races. Hispanic
of any race were 17.8%
of the population.
There were 30,043 households out of which 36.2% had children under
the age of 18 living with them, 52.3% were married couples
living together, 9.6% had a female
householder with no husband present, and 34.0% were non-families.
25.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 2.9% had
someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average
household size was 2.58 and the average family size was 3.13.
In the city the population was spread out with 26.6% under the age
of 18, 11.8% from 18 to 24, 41.2% from 25 to 44, 16.1% from 45 to
64, and 4.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was
30 years. For every 100 females there were 99.9 males. For every
100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.1 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $54,771, and the
median income for a family was $63,719. Males had a median income
of $41,058 versus $31,705 for females. The per capita income
for the city was
$24,703. About 3.9% of families and 6.0% of the population were
below the poverty line
, including 6.8%
of those under age 18 and 9.2% of those age 65 or over.
According to the cityâ€™s most recent Comprehensive Annual Financial
Report, the cityâ€™s various funds had $147.2 million in Revenues,
$95.7 million in expenditures, $673.6 million in total assets,
$134.5 million in total liabilities, and $153.6 million in cash and
The structure of the management and coordination of city services
||Claude E. King
|Assistant City Manager â€“ Development
||Steven L. Bacchus
|Assistant City Manager â€“ Administrative Services
|Budget and Research Director
|Community Development Director
|Community Relations and Tourism Director
|Economic Development Director
|Human Resources Director
|Information Technology Services Director
|Parks and Recreation Director
|Public Services Director
According to the City's 2008 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,
the top employers in the city are:
||# of Employees
||Vista Ridge Mall
||Lewisville Independent School District
||EMC Mortgage Corp.
||Lewisville Medical Center
||City of Lewisville
Most of the city is served by the Lewisville Independent
. Portions are served by the Coppell Independent School
. Four private Christian
are also located in Lewisville.
Lewisville's growth is due in part to its
proximity to Dallas-Fort Worth International
Airport, a few miles to the city's south.
served for a time as the corporate headquarters for food
distributor Fleming Foods, before the company ran into financial
problems and relocated, as well as for Grandy's
. Vista Ridge Mall is an important and expanding shopping center for
Lewisville and surrounding communities. Lewisville
Lake borders the city to the north; Lake
Grapevine is located
near its southern boundary.
well-known natives of the city are Walt
Garrison, former Dallas Cowboys
fullback, Chad Campbell of the PGA
Tour, Sports expert Bob Sturm of KTCK 1310 AM's The BaD Radio
Experience, young actor Cody Linley, a
professional Mixed Martial Artist for the WEC Marcus Hicks and Dave
Mitchell, Miami radio personality. GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing
professional sports car racing team in the Grand-Am
Rolex Sports Car Series, is based in
Lewisville. Mayday Pest Control is also based in Lewisville. In
2006 the city received local bus service for the first time as a
member of the Denton County
- Handbook of Texas Online - LEWISVILLE SITE
- " Lewisville to debate English as the city's official
language." The Dallas Morning News.
October 6, 2008.
- City of Lewisville CAFR Retrieved
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