Details for Dalworthington Gardens (Atlas Number 5507016543)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5507016543

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Marker Number 16543
Atlas Number 5507016543
Marker Title Dalworthington Gardens
Index Entry Dalworthington Gardens
Address 2600 Roosevelt Drive
City Dalworthington Gardens
County Tarrant
UTM Zone 14
UTM Easting 672909
UTM Northing 3619754
Subject Codes federal programs; cities and towns
Marker Year 2010
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark No
Private Property No
Marker Location Dalworthington Garden, 2600 Roosevelt Drive
Marker Condition In Situ
Marker Size 27" x 42"
Marker Text THE CITY OF DALWORTHINGTON GARDENS BEGAN AS A RESULT OF PRESIDENT FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT’S DEPRESSION-ERA POLICIES. ROOSEVELT SUPPORTED THE “BACK-TO-THE-LAND” MOVEMENT, ENCOURAGING URBAN WORKERS TO LIVE ON AND CULTIVATE RURAL PROPERTY. ROOSEVELT SIGNED THE NATIONAL INDUSTRIAL RECOVERY ACT INTO LAW IN 1933; IT AUTHORIZED THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A SUBSISTENCE HOMESTEAD PROGRAM. WHILE VISITING THE ARLINGTON AREA, FIRST LADY ELEANOR ROOSEVELT SAW THIS AREA AS A POSSIBLE SITE FOR THE HOMESTEAD PROJECT. IN DECEMBER 1933, A CORPORATION WAS FORMED FOR A STATE CHARTER AND TITLED DALWORTHINGTON GARDENS, INC. (COMBINING THE NAMES OF NEARBY DALLAS, FORT WORTH, AND ARLINGTON). EARLY THE NEXT YEAR, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT BOUGHT PROPERTY SOUTH OF ARKANSAS LANE NEAR ARLINGTON. BY JUNE, CIVIL WORKS ADMINISTRATION WORKERS ARRIVED TO CLEAR THE AREA FOR 80 DEVELOPMENT SITES. ONLY PEOPLE FROM THE DALLAS OR FORT WORTH AREAS WOULD QUALIFY TO LIVE IN DALWORTHINGTON GARDENS. BY MAY 1935, MOST OF THE CONSTRUCTION WAS COMPLETE. HOWEVER, APPLICANTS THAT MOVED INTO THE HOMES HAD TO DEAL WITH MANY ISSUES, INCLUDING LACK OF GAS, FAULTY WATER AND SEWAGE PIPING, AND UNFENCED PROPERTY. RESIDENTS, HOWEVER, WORKED TOGETHER TO BUILD A TIGHT-KNIT COMMUNITY. THEY SOON ESTABLISHED A COMMUNITY HOUSE THAT BECAME A CENTER OF ACTIVITY. IN 1949, RESIDENTS PETITIONED TO HAVE THE COLONY INCORPORATED INTO A TOWN. TODAY, THOUGH SURROUNDED BY ARLINGTON AND PANTEGO IN THE THRIVING DALLAS-FORT WORTH METROPLEX, DALWORTHINGTON GARDENS REMAINS THE ONLY SUBSISTENCE HOMESTEAD PROJECT EXISTING AS AN AUTONOMOUS COMMUNITY IN TEXAS.