Wilmer, Texas

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Wilmer is a city in Dallas County, Texas, United States. The population was 3,393 at the 2000 census. A July 1, 2008 U.S. Census Bureau estimate placed the population at 3,576.[3] It is part of the Dallas, TexasFort WorthArlington Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Union Pacific's Dallas Intermodal Terminal is located partly in the city of Wilmer and partly in the city of Hutchins [4]. The shipping facility, was built by AUI Contractors LP, Prime Rail Interests Inc. and Halff Associates, Inc. is a 70 million U.S. dollar project.

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Geography

Wilmer is located at 32°35′27″N 96°40′57″W / 32.59083°N 96.6825°W / 32.59083; -96.6825 (32.590743, -96.682619)[5]. It is situated along Interstate 45 in southeastern Dallas County, approximately 14 miles south of downtown Dallas.[6]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.3 square miles (16.3 km²), all of it land.

History

The area was initially settled by Andrew K. Gray before 1850. The settlement was originally known as Prairie Valley when the Houston and Texas Central Railroad arrived in 1872.[7] In 1884, the post office in Prairie Valley was renamed Wilmer, after A.J. Wilmer, a conductor on the Houston and Texas Central line. The population was estimated at 100 in 1890, with several stores and businesses operation in the community. That figure had risen to over 200 by the World War I commenced. A fire destroyed most of Wilmer's business district on July 4, 1929. The community's shallow wells were unable to pump the adequate amount of water needed to extinguish the blaze.

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