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Colleyville, one of the most beautiful and sophisticated cities in Texas, began as a small, rural community. Its fertile soil attracted early pioneers that sought free land for farming. Colleyville's first settlers in the 1850's included William Dunn, Samuel Cecil Holiday Witten, Jonathan A. Riley and Dr. Lilburn Howard Colley. The most familiar and influential of the early settlers was Dr. L.H. Colley. Serving as the local physician as well as a key civic leader, the town of Colleyville was named on his behalf as a tribute to his dedication to the community. Originally, Colleyville was a passing way between Grapevine and Fort Worth with only a wagon trail running through the town. Like most rural communities in the 1800’s, residents’ lives centered heavily on church, small commerce and school. Colleyville’s first church, Pleasant Run Baptist Church, was established in 1877. Situated off of Pleasant Run Rd., the church is still in service to this day.

Colleyville’s first store, the Webb Store, opened in 1914 as a small grocery market, carrying only basic essentials. George W. Couch also opened a store the same year. Couch and Siler Store, a two-bedroom home donated to the community from the generous Dr. L.H. Colley, served as a small drug emporium to the Colleyville community. Eventually, a small elementary school, a farming store and a post office would be built. With only a few basic amenities available, there was little indication that the small town would eventually progress into an upscale community recognized for its lavish dining and shopping centers and executive real estate.

In 1956, Colleyville was incorporated, adopting neighboring communities and expanding its city limits. Colleyville’s first mayor, Ernest R. Eudaly, was elected at this time. As a small city government began to form, visions for improvements for the farming town also developed. By merging with local communities, Colleyville’s population increased to around 1,500 but the small farming community sustained its rural atmosphere with minor developments and infrastructure. The community did not anticipate Colleyville’s transformation into an urban city despite the rapid expansion of Dallas and Fort Worth and Colleyville's emergence as a central location of the Metroplex.

By the late 1970’s, Colleyville still lacked developed roads, water systems and sewage that were prevalent in larger communities. In an effort to legitimize the area, the community voted in 1972 to change the title of Colleyville from “The Town of Colleyville” to “The City of Colleyville”. With only one elementary school and a single public building, rapid growth for the town did not seem likely; however, with the opening of Dallas Fort Worth International Airport in 1974, the town began to see immediate increases in population and development.

Situated only eight miles from the international airport, Colleyville began attracting more educated residents with a strong desire to advance the city. By the early 1980s, the population had increased to 6,700 residents. This generation of Colleyville citizens were persistent advocates for the development of shopping and community centers, improved recreation programs and a higher standard of living for local residents. As Colleyville’s population continued to expand in the 1980s, the city’s infrastructure also advanced significantly.

Colleyville began to see recreational improvements within the city with the establishment of The Colleyville Nature Center on Glade Road, a 46 acre park featuring a playground, 3.5 miles of nature trails, a fishing pier, a covered pavilion with a grill and several ponds. The City Park spans over 40 acres and is equipped with baseball fields, tennis courts, a pond and nature trails. These recreational areas are great for family leisure time, exercise, relaxation and social events.

In 2003, the residents of Colleyville were ecstatic for the opening of two mixed-use regional centers in the city. Town Center Colleyville, located at Hall Johnson Road and Colleyville Boulevard (SH26), is an upscale shopping center home to various local businesses and popular chains. Tenants include: Market Street gourmet grocery store, posh boutiques, day spas, fine salons and several world-renowned restaurants. The Village, located at Main Street and Colleyville Boulevard, is a chic, mixed-use town center offering a unique blend of upscale boutiques, day spas, full service salons, fantastic restaurants, city offices, luxurious living condominiums, a fitness center and local business offices.

Colleyville is also highly recognized for its exceptional educational programs and facilities. Colleyville Heritage High School topped Newsweek magazine’s list as the highest ranked school in Tarrant County and one of the top high schools in the nation. Colleyville Heritage was established in 1996 and has sustained great success in its scholastic and athletic activities since it’s opening. Colleyville Heritage’s first graduating class consisted of approximately 85 students. Today, there are more than 2,200 students attending the high school.

Located directly in the heart of the Dallas/Fort Worth/Arlington Metroplex, Colleyville is ranked as one of the top cities to reside in the nation. Colleyville is highly acknowledged for its executive realty. The stunning homes of Colleyville continue to flourish in the housing market, despite market fluctuations. Colleyville homes are a great investment for property investors, as well as families searching for a safe and friendly community to become apart of. With more than 22,550 residents, old-world charms, numerous executive estate homes, one-of-a-kind boutique shopping, more fine spas and salons per capita than any other city in the nation, Colleyville truly has transformed from an under developed farming community to a trendy, highly-acclaimed city.