Colleyville, TX – This former farming community has recently evolved into a region known for its meld of small town quaintness and big city conveniences. When national magazines like Money and Newsweek include a city in is “Best of” lists, as in“100 Best Places to Live in America,” people take note. In addition, Dallas’s D Magazine ranked Colleyville #6 overall on their July 2006 list of “Best Places to Live.”
According to Tarrant’s Historic Preservation Council, settlements in the Tarrant area began in the 1850’s when Samuel C.H. Witten came to Texas from Missouri and established his farm along Little Bear Creek. He also co-founded the Spring Garden community, which flourished in the 1860’s, as well as a well-renowned school. The area finally declined in the 1870’s as Bedford rose to prominence.
Other prominent settlers around the time of the Civil War were Jonathan A. Riley, who came to Tarrant from Kentucky and settled near the Spring Garden community, and Civil War veteran Ryan Harrington, who settled near the community of Pleasant Glade. William B. Cheek migrated to northeast Tarrant County from Kentucky in 1969, eventually also settling near Pleasant Glade.
Farmers arriving later in the 19th century included William Dunn, the James R. Forbes family of Bedford County, Tennesee, who established a farm in 1887, and the French native Anthelm Bidault, who began cultivating his renowned orchards and vineyards near the Pleasant Run community. Pleasant Run and Pleasant Glade were hamlets situated in clearings of the Eastern Cross Timbers. Schools, churches and stores served the rural population. Pleasant Run Baptist Church, organized in 1877, was the first church in Colleyville.
The St. Louis & Southwestern Railway extended its tracks between Fort Worth and Grapevine in the late 1800’s, passing through the Colleyville area in 1888. The nearby town of Bransford, clustered around the general store and post office of Felix G. Bransford, disappeared that same year when the store and post office were moved to Red Rock, which was then renamed Brandsford.
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Colleyville was officially incorporated in 1956, and its city limits are now contiguous with Grapevine and Euless on the east, Bedford and Hurst on the south, Keller and North Richland Hills on the west, and Southlake on the north. The area has grown from a population of 1500 in 1960 to 6700 in 1970 and 23,000 in 2007.
The Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School District (GCISD) serves most of Colleyville and includes three high schools. Colleyville Heritage is one of the highest ranked in the country, and Grapevine High School has been achieving recognition for 100 years. A small number attend Keller High School as well. The northwestern-most part of Colleyville lies inside the Keller Independent School District. KISD has one campus, Liberty Elementary, within the city of Colleyville.
For more information regarding the GCISD Independent School District, please visit their website at: www.gcisd-k12.org
Colleyville’s population is approximately 20,000 people, with about six thousand households. White collar professionals make up a high percentage of the population. 43% of the population has household incomes above $100,000 and 20.8% have incomes over $200,000. According to a 2007 estimate, the median income for a household was $148,789, and the median income for a family was $154,948. Males had a median income of $90,834 versus $42,455 for females. The per capita income for the city was $50,418.
The racial makeup of the city is as follows: White 93%, Asian 3%, Hispanic/Latino 3%, African American 1%, Other <1%. The average household size is 3.06, and the average family size is 3.24. The population spread is as follows: Under 18 (32%), 18 – 24 (18%), 25 – 44 (26%), 45 – 64 (32%), 65+ (6%).
Colleyville is home to more than 45 restaurants, offering residents and visitors a wide variety of culinary experiences. Some of Colleyville’s most popular restaurants include: Amore Pizza & Pasta, Bellisimo Italian Restaurant, Celebrity Café and Bakery, Costa Vida, Cowby’s Barbeque & Rib Co., Expressions, Gloria’s Restaurant, The Green Pepper, Hall’s Deli, J.R.’s Steakhouse, LaHacienda Ranch, Life Café, Mac’s Steaks & Seafood, Main Street Chop & Fish House, Marble Slab Creamery, Marquee Dining & Spirits, Nestle Toll House Café, Pacific House Chinese Cuisine, Palio’s Pizza Café, Quick Thai Bistro, Red Barn Bar-B-Que, Reposados Mexican Grill, Rio Mambo, Ruggeri’s Italian Ristorante, Shelly’s Tea Room and Bistro.
Most of Colleyville’s dining establishments are conveniently located near major thoroughfares such as Texas 26 (Colleyville Blvd.), Texas 121, and FM 3029 (Precinct Line Road).
Colleyville’s top amenities include: Luxurious homes, lush lawns and well-planned development, developers who are committed to preserve and work with the region’s natural resources, carefully preserving older trees even in the newest neighborhoods, a stellar public education system, a low crime rate, 11 award-winning parks and greenbelts, full service recreational facilities and activities programs, a full service library, Colleyville Center – cultural programs and special events, beautiful parks and recreational facilities, easy proximity to the large employment sectors of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, 5 miles from the airport, a “town and country” lifestyle noted by national publications, with its combination of big-city sophistication and friendly, small town ambiance, residential areas built for social interaction and visual appeal including short looping streets/meandering trails/short cul-de-sacs with plenty of open green space, architectural features such as embellished gateways in front of grand homes, picturesque covered bridges, restored barns, numerous retail and dining options.
Notable Residents Born, Raised and/or Residing in Colleyville:
• Musician Bryce Avary of The Rocket Summer
• Voice actress Colleen Clinkenbeard
• Roy Williams, NFL player
• John Rollins, PGA Golfer
• Speller Samir Patel
• Former MLB player, Rafael Palmeiro
• Texas Ranger/MLB catcher, Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez.
• Grant Pierce, professional skateboarder
• Chad Campbell, PGA golfer
• Football Player Alan Davis from the Oklahoma Sooners
• Robert Marting: Men’s Fitness Cover Model/Producer of the Great Form Equals Great Results fitness DVD
• Musician Eric Michener of Fishboy grew up in Colleyville and references the Colleyville library in “Halftime at the Propername Spelling Bee,” a song off of Albatross: How We Failed To Save The Lone Star State With The Power Of Rock and Roll.
• Jeffry A. Dyson and Michael G. Dyson (father and son), Grammy award-winning record producers and founders of the internationally recognized non-profit organization The Blue Shoe Project
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