Keller, Texas

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Keller is a affluent city located in Tarrant County, Texas (USA). It is a wealthy northern suburb of the city of Fort Worth and is part of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. The population is 37,685 at the year of 2007, but 2010 estimates have been released and been reported as the population will be reaching 40,127.[3]

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History

Establishment of Keller

The Texas and Pacific Railway between Fort Worth and Texarkana was completed in June 1881, and the first train ran on this track on 9 May 1881. With the advent of rail service, new villages were established all along the line. The Keller of today was one of them.

On 19 July 1881, H.W. Wood, a druggist of Tarrant County, set aside 40 acres (0.16 km2) out of the north end of the 62 acres (0.25 km2) deeded to him by A.C. Roberts (being a part of the Samuel Needham Survey) for a town site to be known as Athol, situated 14 miles (23 km) northeast of Fort Worth. The land was dedicated to the public for street and alleyways, but title to the remainder of the 62 acres (0.25 km2) was held by Mr. Wood.

Settlers migrated to the new village, and before a year had passed the name of the town was changed from Athol to Keller, honoring John C. Keller, a foreman on the railroad. Streets were named and those in the original 40-acre (0.16 km2) site still carry the names given to them in 1881. Streets going north and south are Lamar, Main and Elm; those running east and west are Price, Taylor, Hill, Vine, Bates, Olive and Pecan.

Modern Keller

New residential development is expanding the city in all directions. The 1980 Census calculated Keller's population at 4,555; today, about 40,000 residents call Keller home.[3] The city planned for its growth and has recently constructed a new town hall, municipal service center, recreation and aquatic center, and has expanded the police and municipal court facility and is currently working on a major expansion to the City Library [1]. Keller Independent School District has 36 campuses serving more than 30,000 students [2]. The district serves portions of the cities of Colleyville, Fort Worth, Haltom City, Hurst, North Richland Hills, Southlake, Watauga, and Westlake and the entire City of Keller. Its 51 square miles (130 km2) encompass the third-largest land area in Tarrant County, and its tax rate of $1.6080 per $100 appraised value is the one of the lowest school tax rates in the county [3]. Enrollment in the school district has doubled during the past ten years and is expected to do the same during the next decade, making it the ninth-fastest growing school district in Texas.[citation needed]

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