Eagle Ford, Dallas facts for kids
|Elevation||126 m (413 ft)|
|Area code(s)||214, 469, 972|
Eagle Ford is located at(32.7848517, -96.9008376).
- Ledbetter Gardens (east)
- Westmoreland Heights (east)
- Trinity River (north)
- City of Irving (northwest)
- City of Grand Prairie (west & southwest)
- Singleton Industrial Area (southeast)
- Oak Cliff (south)
- Turnpike Distribution Center (southeast)
The Eagle Ford community developed just east of an important early crossing on the west fork of the Trinity River. The area was first settled by the family of Enoch Horton, who moved there from Missouri in November 1844. When Horton found an eagle's nest in the area, he named the crossing Eagle Ford. Soon after, several families from the nearby community of La Réunion settled in Eagle Ford. Enoch's son James built the Eagle Ford Grist Mill and donated land in 1857 for the Horton Cemetery. He also gave land for the Texas and Pacific Railway right-of-way and depot. In 1858, a post office opened in Eagle Ford and it remained in operation until 1866.
The community did not begin to develop until the depression of 1873 halted construction of the Texas and Pacific Railway, which made Eagle Ford its western terminus until 1876. It became a major cattle-shipping point between the larger cities of Dallas and Fort Worth. During that period, Eagle Ford grew into a community of several thousand people with a number of businesses. Another post office was secured and remained in operation until 1918. Construction on the Texas and Pacific resumed in 1876 and was completed to Fort Worth in 1878. The community declined as a cattle-shipping point, but evolved into an agricultural shipping point for the surrounding region. Eagle Ford's population hovered around 200 in 1882, but had decreased to fifty by the 1890s and remained at that level through the early twentieth century. In 1907, William Foster Cowham and Associates came to the area from Michigan and began buying property, including some of James Horton's original land holdings. They established the Southwestern States Portland Cement Company and built two villages in the area to house their employees, many of whom were Mexican immigrants.
It wasn't until the 1940s that Eagle Ford began to experience significant growth. Approximately 150 people lived in the community in 1941. After World War II, the return of war veterans spurred housing developments in the area. The demand was so great that many residents lived in temporary shelters until their houses were completed. A large segment of Eagle Ford's new residents were African-Americans who came to the area in search of jobs. Home choices were limited due to rigid racial segregation policies present in most local neighborhoods. Black families were encouraged to settle in Eagle Ford and ads for properties in the community were listed in local newspapers under "Colored Lots." Living conditions were substandard and consisted of small "shotgun" homes without sewers or drains on dirt roads with trash blowing in the streets. The poor sanitation conditions led to typhoid outbreaks and a high rate of infant mortality. Even with all of these problems, may African-Americans who had come to the area with very little valued the opportunity to own their own homes.
Housing conditions in Eagle Ford improved after the community was annexed into the city of Dallas in the mid-1950s. Over the next few years, home construction was accompanied by industrial growth and infrastructure improvements. Many of the modest homes constructed during this period remain in use, although most have been remodeled, updated, altered, or expanded in some way.
By 1990, Eagle Ford had a population of 7,924. That figure rose 2.26 percent to 8,103 by the 2000 census. Today, Eagle Ford is a predominately Hispanic, working-class neighborhood.
Eagle Ford is divided into two census tracts, 106.01 and 106.02, by the United States Census Bureau for statistical purposes.
As of the census of 2000, there were 8,103 people, 1,964 households, and 1,719 families residing within the neighborhood. The racial makeup of the neighborhood was 34.43% White, 8.07% African American, 0.65% Native American, 2.30% Asian/Pacific Islander, 50.23% from other races, and 4.32% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 85.72% of the population.
The median income for a household in the neighborhood was $25,757, and the median income for a family was $29,776. Males had a median income of $23,688 versus $17,944 for females. The per capita income for the neighborhood was $9,176.
The Eagle Ford community overlies rocks of the Eagle Ford Shale. The Eagle Ford shale consists of organic-rich, pyritic, and fossiliferous marine shales.
- Eagle Ford from the Handbook of Texas Online
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