Mon, Dec 10 – Wed, Dec 12, 2012
Hyatt House Hotel
Dallas is a name that's characterized by cowboys and cheerleaders, oil barons, black gold and silicon chips. As a name, it is renowned throughout the country. As a city, it's relatively youthful and modern, innovative and entrepreneurial, yet its deep reaching roots exude an eventful history and Old West heritage like few others.
The ninth largest city in the United States began life in 1841 as a trading post and small town of 20 streets sketched out among 640 acres of land. In the years that followed, Dallas would establish itself as a frontier post of the "Wild West." In the 1870s it became the central meeting point for Midwestern and Pacific railroad lines furthering the city's progression as a base for travel and trade.
In the early 20th century a succession of key developments that included opening the first Neiman Marcus department store in 1907, the establishment of a Federal Reserve Bank in 1914, the development of the East Texas Oilfield in 1930, and hosting the Texas Centennial Exposition in 1936 all fueled the city's rapid advancement. Three decades later, it became the birthplace to the integrated-circuit computer chip, and the advent of what would become the Texas version of California's Silicon Valley. Today, the Dallas CVB cites the city as the number one visitor destination in Texas and the Southwest's leading business and financial center.
Mon, Dec 10, 2012 – Wed, Dec 12, 2012