Carrollton, Texas sits just Northwest of Dallas with a population of about 120,000 of Texas’ most fortunate people. They have GREAT land, a GREAT location all nestled in The GREAT State of Texas. The Official History of Carrollton, as told by the City of Carrolton website says, in part:
An early settler who came to scout the area before bringing his family to this area. He was so impressed with what he saw that he scooped up a handful of dirt to take back to his family to show them how rich the soil was for farming.
That was fertile soil. Since then, it’s got nothing but better for the good folks of Carrollton. Carrolton is self-contained for most everything, but, in case you’re looking for something special, it’s good to know that Dallas, the World’s Shopping Mecca, is only minutes away. In Carrollton, residents have the best of both worlds.
The weather in Texas can be surprising. One guy told me that if you don’t like the weather here, just wait. The friendly folks of Carrollton wait for nothing. Rain or shine, there’s always something incredible going on. They have outdoor events, open to the public, scheduled throughout the year.
Carrollton Favorite Festivals are:
The Festival at the Switchyard honors the critical role the railroad played in putting Carrollton on the map, and its continued importance to the community. The event is held in the streets of Downtown Carrollton, situated off I-35E at Belt Line Road, just steps away from the DART Green Line Downtown Carrollton Station. It boasts FREE admission, FREE parking, FREE rides, FREE games, and FREE concerts, and unlimited fun. The Festival at the Switchyard happens in November of each year.
TexFEST – March 2, 1836, is the Day that Time Stood Still. That’s right… it’s Texas Independence Day. Rest assured Carrollton takes note. In March there’s a full-blown celebration of Texas Independence. It’s as if Sam Houston and Stephen F. Austin were right there with you. Before attending any Texas Independence Day Celebration, Native Texan recommends that you read Texian Colonel William Barret Travis’ last communication from the Alamo. Victory or Death! Click Here!
Concert’s on The Square – Beginning in March Carrollton Begins their Concerts on the Square program. This FREE program gives Carrollton “Cause to Pause” and enjoy the music, the community, the weather and all that is Carrollton. There are tons of artists to choose from throughout the season. You’ll hear and support aspiring new artists and have an outstanding time while you’re doing it. We’ll see you there.
In addition to everything else, Family Movie Night entertains on The Square from May to October.
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The only thing better than visiting Carrollton is living in Carrollton. When you’re ready to step up to Carrollton, you’re going to need an insightful Realtor that can help you navigate through the Real Estate Rapids to safe harbor in your new Carrollton home. That Realtor is Becky Neal. Becky has helped families for more than 20 years in North Texas. She’s ready to help you too. Click Here!
Carrollton Children are educated by the Carrollton-Farmer’s Branch Independent School District. The District serves more than 26,000 students. These thousands of students are presently accommodated by 24 Elementary Schools, 6 Middle Schools and 5 High Schools in addition to night school and summer school programs. Parents are also supported with an assortment of adult education courses. Carrollton Farmer’s Branch does an incredible job.
There are amazing places to work in Carrollton. Our friends at Carrollton City Hall are hard at work to make certain that it stays that way. From the Carrollton Economic Development site we learn:
Carrollton is a vibrant corporate and residential community that has the ‘home advantage’ because of its prime location. Businesses and neighborhoods flourish throughout the City’s approximate 37 square miles, and the surrounding major highways, rail freight lines, and Foreign Trade Zone designation ensure continued success.
A business-friendly City, Carrollton ranks in the top cities in the region in creating the highest number of new jobs, the total new development square footage, and the number of businesses moving to Carrollton, including the expansion of current businesses.
Their hard work is paying off. Some of Carrollton’s most prominent employers include:
- Halliburton Energy Services – Employees More Than 1,300
- McKesson Corp – Employs More Than 1,000
- Western Extrusions – Employs More Than 900
- Baylor Medical Center – Employs More Than 550
- Hilton Reservations – Employs More Than 400
- Thomson Reuters – Employs More Than 300
There are many more that could easily become the career you’ve been looking for right here in Carrollton, Texas. For a current list, check out what our friends at Carrollton City Hall have put together. Click Here!
If any readers are desperate, be aware that The Boys in the Lotto Lab are still on the hunt for a female CEO. Their one and only criteria for acceptance remain the same. That requirement is that the successful applicant must be a female. Inexplicably, after the initial interview, The Boys are experiencing a lot of candidate pushback. The Boys don’t understand. Given the opportunity to do so, they’ll go on and on about their INCREDIBLE working conditions. Their attitude on work in general is, “Start Slow and Taper Off.”
Maybe you’re like The Boys in the Lotto Lab. Perhaps you’ve arrived and are no longer encumbered by the drudgery of a “Day Job.” If that’s the case, you’re going to need something to do to while away the many hours that you have on your hands. Carrollton is ready to help you with that. Numerous outstanding organizations are looking for volunteers willing to make a difference.
Some of our favorites are:
2000 Strong For Christ – This organization is spreading the Gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to the citizens of Texas. They regularly run youth and young adult camps that could use your help. If your desire is to spread the Word, you’ve found a home to help.
Carrollton Citizens on Patrol – You’ll work with the Carrollton Police Department to help keep Carrollton Safe. To participate, you must be at least 21 years old, have attended the Carrollton Citizen Police Academy and be able to commit at least 8 hours a month to the effort. Beyond the Academy, applicants must attend 12 hours of additional training. After completing the course, candidates must spend four hours observing Police Dispatch Operations and four hours riding with a licensed police officer. After that, you’re paired with an experienced patrol member. Subsequently, you’ll patrol with another Carrollton Citizen. There’s a lot to it, but it’s an important job with a lot of responsibility.
Carrollton Animal Services & Adoption Center – If you can’t take one home, pay them a visit. The shelter needs help with walking dogs, playing with cats, cleaning duties, assisting the front desk, and helping with customers. These homeless puppies and kitties need your immediate attention. You can make a difference by keeping them safe, happy, fed and comfortable while they wait for adoption.
There are lots of other GREAT options for fun and enjoyment when living in or visiting Carrollton.
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For example, we have:
Sandy Lake Park – This is an incredible facility that’s perfect for picnics of virtually any size. They host both corporate and family events. You can bring your own eats or get them at the park. After lunch you’ll find, swimming, paddle boats, an arcade, mini golf, volleyball, basketball, Karaoke, rides and much more. Your group can keep to itself or join the fun with other attendees.
SpaCastle – When you’re ready to relax in the lap of luxury, you’re ready to visit Carrollton’s SpaCastle. Here you can spend all day being pampered with the best massages, the most incredible dining, sauna’s, a wonderful fitness center and resting lounges when you’re ready to take it down a notch. This facility is a Carrollton must visit.
Indian Creek Golf Club – From their site, we learn the following about this outstanding facility – Indian Creek is rated among the top public golf courses in the Dallas – Ft. Worth Metroplex, Indian Creek Golf Club offers 36 holes of championship golf. The two distinctly different 18-hole courses are situated along the Trinity River in beautiful Carrollton. The Creek Course takes full advantage of its lush surrounding and thousands of mature trees. Generous fairways, steep-faced bunkers, and large undulating greens are showcased on this beautiful course. In addition to a course you’ll love to play, you’ll also enjoy a friendly and courteous staff. If you’re a golfer residing in or visiting Carrollton, Indian Creek is a must visit.
Oak Creek Tennis Center – If you’re not a golfer, there are other outstanding ways to get fit and stay that way. If tennis is your game, the place to play in Carrollton is the Oak Creek Tennis Center (OCTC). From their site we learn – Oak Creek Tennis Center is a public that opened in March 2000. The courts are fully owned and operated by the City of Carrollton. They’re conveniently located northwest of the Dallas North Tollway and President George Bush Turnpike. The courts feature 12 lighted hard courts with shaded spectator and court benches. Here you’ll find adult classes, private lessons, and leagues. It’s a great place to play and relax with friends.
Carrollton is an excellent place to work, to play and to live. This short piece only scratches the surface of one of North Texas’ premier communities. When you’re considering DFW, make certain you consider Carrollton.
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