Legendary Locals of Arlington

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The people of Arlington have always had a can-do spirit. There's Carrie Rogers, the society matron who became marshal; Tillie Burgin, who changed the face of social services in Arlington; and Tom Vandergriff, the boy mayor who stayed on the job for 26 years. When educational opportunities were deemed inadequate, Edward E. Rankin and other leading citizens founded and supported a school that grew into the University of Texas at Arlington. Before there was the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act, Jim Hayes opened the eyes of Arlington leaders to the difficulties of navigating the University of Texas at Arlington and the city in a wheelchair. Never willing to be overshadowed by Dallas or Fort Worth, their larger neighbors to the east and west, Arlington residents embraced industry and progress, and their enterprising spirit attracted the notice of the nation. Today, the city boasts major businesses and attractions—General Motors, Six Flags, the Texas Rangers, and the Dallas Cowboys—and continues to grow thanks to the aspirations of its people.
ISBN: 9781467100588
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Texas
Series: Legendary Locals
Images: 156
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Lea Worcester and Evelyn Barker have mined the rich visual collections of the University of Texas at Arlington Library Special Collections to bring Arlington's past and present to life. Photographs included are from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and Arlington Citizen-Journal collections, as well as from private sources.
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