City Profile

2021-2022 Annual Budget

The City of White Settlement is located at the crossroads of Interstate 30 and Interstate Loop 820 on the western edge of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex with all its culture and charm in addition to being on the "edge" of the West's wide-open spaces. White Settlement offers the best of all worlds - small town comfort, genuinely friendly people, quality public services, low crime, wonderful parks, terrific recreation, library and senior services programs, numerous restaurants, and several hotels. White Settlement affords an "edge" or advantage to businesses, relocating families and individuals, as well as visitors and conventioneers.

White Settlement is fortunate by reason of its location and its access to the great Metroplex. Residents and visitors have easy access to numerous educational institutions, world-class museums, Texas Motor Speedway, professional sports franchises, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and no end of entertainment options in nearby Fort Worth and Dallas.

The City of White Settlement was officially incorporated on May 24, 1941. However, the existence of the White Settlement community reaches back to the earliest days of the Texas Republic. Shortly after his 1836 election to the presidency of the Texas Republic, Sam Houston created a General Land Office and a generous land grant policy to encourage migration of pioneers to Texas. One such pioneer was Logan Vandiver. He took advantage of the state's homestead law, and on February 16, 1838, received a headwright certificate for a 1,476 acre tract of land just west of the Trinity River (property on which the City of White Settlement was ultimately established). Because of strife between Indians and settlers at the time, a small stockade (Bird's Fort) was built to afford a modicum of protection for new landholders and other incoming settlers. To forge peaceful relations between the Indians and settlers, a treaty was negotiated and signed in September 1843, by the Republic of Texas and area Indian tribes. This action generated increased migration to the prairie lands of what are now Tarrant and Parker Counties by both white settlers and Native Americans. Even with the peace treaty in place, the influx of new people to the area stirred old hostilities and prompted construction of a small fort at the confluence of the Clear and West Forks of the Trinity River. On November 14, 1849, the War Department named this new facility Fort Worth. This historical chain of events evolved into two settlements, one occupied by white settlers and another encompassing a grouping of seven Indian villages. The "white settlement" area became a trading post and farming community, with a road (known then and now as White Settlement Road) leading to Fort Worth for the transport and exchange of farm products, livestock, and other items. From this early economic foundation, the area weathered the difficulties of pioneer life and agrarian development, World War I, and the depression of the 1930's.

Spurred by the World War II need for military aircraft, the White Settlement area grew rapidly from 500 people to a population of over 10,000. In 1941, the City of White Settlement was incorporated and was a neighbor to a new Consolidated Aircraft Corporation plant and a new Army airfield. A new housing area, known as "Liberator Village," was built in response to escalated housing demand and in honor of the B-24 or Liberator Bombers being assembled at the adjacent aircraft plant.

Over the years, the City of White Settlement has grown into a diverse urban community of about 17,000 residents under a Council/Manager form of government. Though surrounded by Fort Worth and other urban developments, White Settlement has not lost its small town sense of community and neighborliness. Residents care about one another and their community. Parks overflow during the summer with little league games and civic meetings are well attended. Residents are actively involved in their children's schools and extracurricular activities, and voluntarily participate in a wide variety of local programs and events within the City, schools and churches.

Constant improvements in all phases of the public domain continue to be the key to the development of the City of White Settlement. Many improvements have been made through the years in the mode of life in White Settlement. These include the construction of many churches, schools, various community facilities, family fun, fitness and entertainment opportunities, commercial/industrial buildings and firms.

We are growing and moving forward and should continue to do so. The untiring efforts of our predecessors in meeting and solving problems should inspire us in our efforts to face and resolve the challenges of each day. We must grow in a progressive manner or face the prospects of stagnation. We must grow to support a vibrant community of thriving businesses and quality neighborhoods. We must grow to ensure our citizens and visitors fulfilling family, fun and fitness opportunities. We must grow to encourage others in building and planning for the future. We must grow!

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