Hurst History: Timeline

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1841 May 21 - General Edward H. Tarrant leads 69 volunteers at Battle of Village Creek against Caddo, Cherokee, and Tonkawa tribes, opening the region for further settlement

1841 August - Gen. Tarrant orders a military outpost built near Village Creek. Bird's Fort - named for Jonathan Bird - was built south of Euless (then abandoned in answer to the threat of Comanche attack)

1843 September - Treaty signed by Sam Houston, General Edward H. Tarrant, Ed Terrell, and several Indian tribes in the area (first Caddo, then also Anadarko, Biloxi, Cherokee, Chickasaw, Delaware, Hainai, Kichai, Tawakoni, Waco, and others). Bird's Fort reestablished

1849 December 20 - Tarrant County created from Navarro County. Named for General Edward H. Tarrant, Indian fighter, hero of the Mexican War, and member of the Texas Congress. Birdville, at the site of the present Haltom High School, named county seat.

1850 August - First county election held in log cabin at Birdville.

1853 Isaac Parker built a log cabin on land in the southwest corner of the present day City of Hurst - South of Hwy. 183 and across the railroad tracks. Cynthia Ann Parker, his niece, was captured in May 1836 by Comanche and Kiowa Indians from a fort near the present-day town of Groesbeck. After being recaptured from the Indians in 1860, she and her little daughter, Prairie Flower, were returned to relatives at this farm. She died of grief in East Texas in 1864.

1856 November - Fort Worth made the seat of Tarrant County. Fort Worth is said to have won the election by 3 votes that were later found to be illegal.

1857 Randol Mill built south of Hurst on the Trinity River. Operated by R.A. Randol until 1916.

1865 Daniel Arwine came to Texas from Indiana. In 1879 he deeded six acres for school, church, and cemetery. The school - Red Sulphur Spring (later Arwine School, and now Bellaire) - was the first in the area.

1866 Isham's Chapel Methodist Church founded (now the First Methodist Church of Hurst). 11 charter members. First one-room building also used as a schoolhouse.

1870 William L. Hurst came from Horse Show Bend, Tennessee with his wife and 7 children. First settled near Grapevine, then Bedford, then finally Hurst about a mile north of Hwy. 183. Hurst first settled.

1903 Rock Island line was built through on land donated by W. L. Hurst in exchange for the establishment of a Depot named for him. Hurst Train Depot established

1909 Community name changed from "Ormel" to "Hurst".

1900s - 1920s Sand and gravel excavation in Trinity River bottoms

1949 First Post Office

1950 Population 200

1951 Ground-breaking ceremonies for Bell Helicopter Plant.

1952 Chamber of Commerce organized at Hurst (joined by Euless Chamber in 1955, and Bedford Chamber in 1969).

1952 September 25 - Incorporated into the City of Hurst. Pop. 2,700

1955 Hurst and Euless school districts merge (joined by Bedford in 1958)

1956 City Charter adopted a Home Rule Government. Pop. 5,700.

1960 Population 10,165

1968 Tarrant County Junior College (TCJC) opens

1970 Population 27,215

1972 Northeast Mall opens

1974 January 13 - Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport opens

1980 Population 31,420

1990 Population 33,574

2000 Trinity Railway Express (TRE) begins running between Fort Worth and Dallas (stops at Hurst/Bell Station) Population 36,273

2010 Population 37,337

References:
George N. Green, "HURST, TX," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hdh04), accessed October 03, 2012. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
"HURST," Texas Almanac (http://www.texasalmanac.com/texas-towns/hurst), accessed October 03, 2012. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

 

For more about the History of Hurst, or explore these sources online:

 Portal to Texas History

 Handbook of Texas Online

 Texas Almanac

 Lone Star History Links

 Texas Beyond History

 Texas Heritage Online

 Texas Historic Sites Atlas

 Texas Historical Commission

 Texas State Library