Lake Dallas' vision is to be a proud community with unique charm, built on strong family and community values, with exciting lake side, recreational and tourism assets supported by a diverse and profitable business base.
What's old is new again in the charming lakeside community of Lake Dallas, just north of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. A new bridge linking Lake Dallas’ Swisher Road and Little Elm’s Garza Lane allows motorists to get from I-35E to the Dallas North Tollway and vice versa.
The bridge has once again provided a vital transportation link between Lake Dallas and Little Elm. The ability to span the waters of Lewisville Lake along with a revitalizing downtown is bringing attention from developers, business owners and residents alike.
In the 1920’s, a bridge over Lewisville Lake once provided a vital transportation link between Lake Dallas and Little Elm. That bridge was removed in the 1950’s to make way for the expansion of the lake. Much of the land leading up to the Lake Dallas side of the bridge has prime development potential for retail and commercial venture and will be just minutes from I-35E. A six-lane thoroughfare will handle the traffic from I-35E to the bridge.
A revitalized downtown area is in the works with a new urban zoning classification that allows the newly popular concept of commercial space on the first floor and residential lofts upstairs. While other cities are just beginning to embrace the idea, it's been going on in Lake Dallas for decades in the historic and recently renovated 1908 Woodman of the World building that now houses the community newspaper, The Lake Cities Sun, on the first floor and residential lofts above.
Several new developments are planned for the downtown area including Market Street Square, another similarly designed concept of commercial/residential spaces. Phase One will include 8,000 square feet with another 16,000 square feet to be built.
The city is encouraging and helping to develop its downtown area into a tree-lined, thriving area of historically accurate brick buildings filled with shops, restaurants, offices and living spaces.
Lake Dallas is a resort community on the shores of Lewisville Lake ten miles south of Denton in southeastern Denton County. The site was occupied in 1852. The area offered water, timber, and farmland, and the community that developed in the vicinity was originally called French Settlement, after the family named French who settled there.
In 1881 the community was more formally constituted and adopted the name Garza, the origin of which is in dispute. Garza may have been the chief of a crew that laid track for the Dallas and Wichita Railway, which built through the area in 1881. In 1926 or 1929, after the impoundment of Lake Dallas, the residents of the town renamed their community Lake Dallas.
The community's population increased from 489 in 1940 to 1,431 in 1970, reflecting the additional use of the Garza-Little Elm Reservoir (now Lewisville Lake), the waters of which covered the original lake. In 1965, after a nine-year legal struggle among its residents, Lake Dallas was finally incorporated. By 1980 its population had grown to 3,177, largely because of the economic growth in the area between Dallas and Denton. The 2010 Census estimated a population of 7,100.
Additional history on the Lake Cities area was produced by The Lake Cities Legacy organization in 1986 as a Sesquicentennial Edition in recognition of the 150th anniversary of the State of Texas. The document contains information about Corinth, Hickory Creek, Lake Dallas (formerly Garza) and Shady Shores.