You might have heard through the grapevine that Grapevine, Texas, is a terrific place to live, work and raise a family. This tight-knit community of about 46,000 includes wineries and picturesque Grapevine Lake. And the history of Grapevine is equally colorful.
The Grapevine story begins with the legendary Sam Houston. In 1843, General Houston traveled from Austin to the part of Texas called Grape Vine Springs, in order to sign a peace treaty with several local Indian tribes. Houston waited around a few days for the representatives of those Native American nations to show up, but due to some confusion, they did not. Fortunately, the treaty was later signed at Bird’s Fort. In any event, as a result of that pivotal agreement, Texas homesteaders were allowed to move to this part of the state. And the town that subsequently sprung up was named Grape Vine, as many grapevines grew in and around this settlement. Perhaps those plants were harbingers of future success.
For roughly half a century, Grape Vine was more wilderness outpost than full-fledged town. Yet growth, if slow, was always steady. By the mid-1890s, Grape Vine had a public school, train station, post office, hotel and two hometown newspapers – the “Advocate” and the “Sun” – to call its own. In January 1914, the town’s population having increased considerably, locals decided to simplify matters and alter the name of their community. Grape Vine was now Grapevine.
Around the time of this name change, Grapevine was experiencing something of an economic boom, and it had the cantaloupe, in part, to thank for it. This juicy, delicious melon became a leading Grapevine agricultural product, and thousands of acres of farmland became devoted to the fruit. In fact, until around 1970, the town’s unofficial nickname was “Cantaloupe Capital of the World.” Even so, there’s no record that anyone proposed changing the name of Grapevine to Cantaloupevine.
The year 1974 marked a turning point in the life of Grapevine. On January 13 of that year, Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport opened adjacent the city; American Airlines Flight 241 was the first commercial airplane to arrive. The airport would help fuel Grapevine’s economy for decades. It brought in travelers and new residents, and made necessary improvements to the region’s infrastructure.
Today, Grapevine actively seeks to preserve its heritage. To that end, the town began, in 1991, designating certain places as historical landmarks or districts. If you’re ever passing through the area, you might want to stop and take a look at some of these beautiful places. Of course, you might discover that Grapevine is a place where you’d like to stay for a long time.
Max Air is Proud to Be Part of Grapevine
We may not have been around quite as long as the city of Grapevine, but Max Air has been proudly meeting Grapevine air conditioning needs for 20 years. We have enjoyed learning about Grapevine’s history and if you would like to know more, visit the official Grapevine Texas website.
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