Brief History of Rowlett, TX
Until 1836, the settlement that became Rowlett was referred to as the "German Settlement." Daniel Rowlett led a small immigrant company of several families from Kentucky to Texas in 1835. Rowlett earned a land grant for military service performed during the Texas revolution. Daniel Rowlett soon became a leading citizen and after his death in the 1840s, American settlers began arriving in the area that bore his name.
Dallas County was organized in 1846. Railroads began to spread and with them, the population of Rowlett. The city grew along the railroad lines during its operation. By the turn of the century, Rowlett was a thriving farm community with many stores and services along with its own school and churches. The city was incorporated in 1952 with a population of 84 citizens. In the seventies and eighties, Rowlett experienced rapid population growth spawned partly by the completion of Lake Ray Hubbard. Such rapid population growth keeps Rowlett among the leaders in the Metroplex in housing starts. From a population of 5,100 in 1978, Rowlett has boomed to its current population of almost 55,000.
Rowlett is served by two school districts: Garland Independent School District and Rockwall Independent School District. Rowlett's ACT and SAT scores in both districts are consistently above national averages and a large percentage of graduating seniors in both school districts enroll in post-secondary education. Excellent colleges and universities are nearby including: Amber University, three Collin County Community College campuses, seven Dallas County Community College campuses, Southern Methodist University, Texas Christian University, Texas Women's University, University of Dallas, University of North Texas, University of Texas at Arlington and the University of Texas at Dallas to name several.
Waterview Golf Club
Waterview Golf Club is a public 18-hole, par 72 course that sits near Lake Ray Hubbard across from its sister golf course, Buffalo Creek. Opened in 2000, residents of Waterview and Rowlett can take advantage of this championship course which features rolling hills, manicured fairways, chipping area, putting green, pro shop, restaurant and clubhouse. Players will enjoy the wonderful scenery with more than 15 acres of lakes and 1,500 trees dotting the landscape.
Dallas Metro Area
Dallas provides residents with a convenient mix of imagination, area talent, and top-notch attractions. Dallas provides a flourishing economy, within a short commute, amongst beautiful surroundings. The city offers some 40 professional and community theatres, 13 symphony and chamber orchestras, four ballet groups, and two opera associations. You will never find yourself bored with over 100 live performances nightly throughout the Dallas Metroplex. The Dallas Museum of Art, the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, and the Nasher Sculpture Center are part of the 60-acre Dallas Arts District.
Dallas also boasts 336 park facilities, more than 60 miles of bike and jogging trails, and 20,655 acres of green open space for recreational activity. Don't forget that Dallas is served by Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, the second busiest airport in the world, and Love Field, one of the nation's busiest in-town airports. You can shop and eat in Dallas, too, as it has more shopping centers per capita than any other major U.S. city, and four times more restaurants per person than New York City can claim.
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