The very first store was originally opened in Oak Cliff, Dallas (corner of Edgefield and 12th) in 1922 . An resourceful employee of the Southland Ice Company decided to start selling eggs and milk on Sundays and evenings at a time when other stores had closed for the day. The original name given to the store was Tote'm which was then changed in 1946 to 7-Eleven which related to the stores operating hours.
Facts on the 'BIG D' :
Dallas has more shopping centres per capita than any other major U.S. City.
Dallas Market Centre is the worlds largest wholesale merchandise market.
Dallas has the largest Urban Arts District in America.
Dallas/Ft Worth Intl Airport is larger than the island of Manhattan and one of the busiest in the world.
Dallas is #16 city in America for overweight people (Houston is #1).
Dallas lays claim to having invented the Frozen Margarita Cocktail and the Chicken Fajita.
The Dallas Public Library in downtown Dallas has on permanent display one of the original copies of the Declaration of Independance printed July 4,1776.
The legal drinking age in Dallas is 21. Many nightclubs have all-ages or 18 and over shows, but you'll have to show ID at the bar. If you are in a dry area and at a restaurant, you will need a Unicard. Ask the waiter and he can give you a temporary one - just fill out the info. I got one without having to produce any ID, I guess I looked over 18:-)
The legal blood alcohol limit in Texas is .08.
Dallas is the eighth-largest city in the United States, yet it has more restaurants and more shops per capita than New York. It combines the traditional flavour of the Southwest with the sophisticated, contemporary corporate and cultural amenities of one of the country's key business centres.
Local culture and customs
Dallas is a sophisticated city where you will see designer clothes alongside casual clothing, much like the rest of the country.
When Texans say 'Barbecue' they mean grilled meat with a spicy sauce slowly cooked on an outdoor grill.
A night out for authentic Tex-Mex cuisine is a favourite pastime, especially when accompanied by a frozen Margarita – a tequila-based cocktail.
Dallas Cowboy football games at Texas Stadium are an all-day social affair, beginning with brunch and often concluding late in the evening with dinner.
Locals enjoy a variety of year-round outdoor activities, from sports events to water sports, running, hiking and golf – taking advantage of the area's naturally temperate climate.
A POW camp was operated at White Rock Lake in Dallas between November 1944 and October 1945. 'Camp White Rock Lake' housed about 300 German POWs reportedly captured from General Rommel's Afrika Corps. The POWs were 'imprisoned' in a collection of old CCC barracks at Winfrey Point on the lake.
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