Get to know Rowlett, TX

The growing city of Rowlett is a bedroom community and northeastern suburb of Dallas.  It began in the 19th century as colonies for two two immigration companies, the W.S. Peters Colony and the Charles Mercer Colony.  In the 1840s, American settlers began to populate the area, followed by French and German settlers the following decade.  In 1880, a post office was set up and the community called itself Morris, after Postmaster Austin Morris.  It was later named Rowlett after nearby Rowlett Creek.  The town was driven by the cotton industry and then the railroads, when the Greenville & Dallas Railroad came in 1889.  It had become a booming farming community by 1900.  In 1921, the Bankhead Highway reached Rowlett and brought more residents.  The city incorporated in 1952.  In 1971, Lake Ray Hubbard Reservoir was completed, making Rowlett a lakefront community and setting off a building boom.

Quick Facts

Population: 57,532

Median Household Income: $83,442

Median Property Value: $159,400

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