Grapevine FAQs & Fun Facts
Ever wondered how Grapevine got its name? or who's the man who graces the dome on Grapevine's City Hall? Well, read on and find out all the trivia!
A: From the wild mustang grapes that grew abundantly here. They still grow wild on the fence rows. Grapes today grow to produce Texas wines!
A: Bonnie & Clyde.
A: A jail - the Spanish slang word -- Grapevine's old calaboose Is on Main Street and is open so people can get inside and take pictures!
A: Cotton - Cotton Belt Railroad
A: B&D Mills - visible for miles!
A: To shield them from the "rougher" aspects of 19th century society.
A: Because it was free from such popular vices as saloons and billiard halls! Grapevine is still a great place to live and visit...very safe with lots of entertainment venues where you can wet your whistle and play some games!
A: He burned them into the door of the shop.
A: To turn the Grapevine Vintage Railroad's trains around. Join us for a ride on the Grapevine Vintage Railroad! Tickets can be purchased online for all rides.
A: Marigolds. Visit the Grapevine Botanical Gardens to learn more about the flowers and plants of Grapevine!
A: Grapevine was founded in 1844, one year prior to the Republic of Texas becoming the State of Texas.
A: Grapevine got its name from the wild Mustang grapevine that flourishes throughout the area.
A: Grapevine first became known for transportation in 1888 when the Cotton Belt Railroad opened its railroad depot in Grapevine. Grapevine was a stop between Missouri and Fort Worth.
A: Seven stars represent the Mayor and City Council Member and seven stars represent the planning and zoning commissioners.
A: Members of Bonnie and Clyde's gang made a significant withdrawal.
A: Just shy of 8,000 acres of land were donated to help build the airport.
A: Grapevine's Night Watchman stands proudly atop City Hall. The Night Watchman was the front-runner to Grapevine's modern day police force.
A: Grapevine has two sister cities: Krems, Austria and Parras de la Fuente, Mexico. Each city was given the Night Watchman Statue as a gift from the City of Grapevine.
A: The Palace Theater, now the Palace Arts Center, was built in 1939 as a movie house. It was restored for $5 million and reopened in 2001. It is home to many performing arts events.
A: Willhoite's opened in 1919 as a dry good store. It became Grapevine's first full service gas station in the 1920's. Today, it's known as a place that will still fill you up since Willhoite's is now a quaint restaurant and honky tonk
A: The Grapevine Sun first rolled its presses in 1895.
A: The Wallis Hotel opened in 1891 and stood just north of the Cotton Belt Depot where A.J.'s on Main is now located.
A: The Sidewalk Judge sits on the park bench and monitors everyone's comings and goings. He commemorates Grapevine's old-timers who could determine if a stranger who had come to town was in trouble or down on his luck.
A: The Torian Cabin was built in 1845, out on Lonesome Dove, which is part of Grapevine, and is the oldest building in Tarrant County. The cabin is original and was saved from demolition by Grapevine's Historical Society who had only 24 hours notice to save it.
A: The Texas Wine Industry, based in Grapevine, is the 5th largest wine producing state in the country.
A: The world would have succumb to phylloxera, a root rot disease. T.V. Munson discovered that Texas' hearty vine stock, when grafted to other vines throughout the world, strengthened the vines to withstand the disease.
A: 13 of 16 varietals are native to Texas soil.
A: Dallas and Fort Worth.
A: About 50 species. Grapevine's Heritage Garden was designed to attract butterflies...and in October Grapevine celebrates the migration of the Monarch Butterflies through town on their way from Canada to Mexico with a special one-day festival - the Butterfly Flutterby!
A: Ghosts will move in! Stop by Grapevine's newly restored Palace Theatre - ca. 1940. Originally built for $25,000...it has had a $5 million redo.
A: Conestoga wagons. Stop by the Heritage Center and check out a genuine wagon used on Texas' Sesquicentennial wagon train ride.
A: The Chisholm Trail.
A: Built in 1888! The Depot is the home of the Grapevine Historical Museum...come check out everything from real dinosaur footprints to the nightwatchman's pistol.
A: Masks/Face Coverings Required
Ten. Grapevine is proud of its American Indian heritage. The Walking To Texas Fountain in Liberty Park lists the tribes; and the four horse heads on the fountain symbolize the four directions and honor Grape Vine Prairie's earliest inhabitants as well as the pioneers.
A: The wine industry - Grapevine is home to several wonderful winery tasting rooms.
A: On the National Register of Historic Places. There are a number of historic markers along Main Street area which make strolling through town very interesting reading!
A: Lake Grapevine! Built by the US Army Corp of Engineers in 1948 - it attracts over 1 million visitors each year!
A: Because the Night Watchman was also the occasional "dog catcher" in town, the first prisoner was rumored to be a dog!