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!
1. How did "Grapevine" Texas get its name?
From the wild mustang grapes that grew abundantly here. They still grow wild on the fence rows. Grapes today grow to produce Texas wines!Learn more about Grapevine and find visitor information, here.
2. Two "infamous" outlaws killed two of Grapevine's motorcycle patrolmen in 1934. Who were the outlaws?
Bonnie & Clyde.View our Bonnie and Clyde historical tour.
3. What is a "calaboose"?
4. What crop grew so abundantly around Grapevine that a railroad was built to the city in 1888?
5. What is the most visual historic landmark in Grapevine?
B&D Mills - it is visible for miles and located at 702 S. Main Street.Explore historic downtown Grapevine and other attractions on Main Street.
6. Why did the 1891 Brick Hotel have a separate entrance for Ladies?
To shield them from the "rougher" aspects of 19th-century society.
7. In the late 1880s, why was Grapevine touted as being a good place to live?
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!Explore Grapevine's nightlife and entertainment options.
8. How did Grapevine's blacksmith test the precision of his branding irons?
He burned them into the door of the shop.
9. What is Grapevine's railroad turntable used for?
10. What type of flower is planted in a garden to keep away unwanted insects?
11. What year was the City of Grapevine founded?
Grapevine was founded in 1844, one year prior to the Republic of Texas becoming the State of Texas.Learn more about Grapevine's history.
12. How long has Grapevine been known for transportation?
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.View modern transportation information for Grapevine, here.
13. What couple's gang members robbed Grapevine's Home Town Bank?
Members of Bonnie and Clyde's gang made a significant withdrawal.Check out Grapevine's Bonnie and Clyde historical tour.
14. What do the 14 stars on Grapevine's City Hall mean?
Seven stars represent the Mayor and City Council Member and seven stars represent the planning and zoning commissioners.Learn more about Grapevine's history.
15. How many acres of land did Grapevine donate to build DFW International Airport?
Just shy of 8,000 acres of land were donated to help build the DFW airport.View transportation to and around Grapevine here.
16. Who is the man who graces the dome on Grapevine's City Hall?
Grapevine's Night Watchman stands proudly atop City Hall. The Night Watchman was the front-runner to Grapevine's modern-day police force.Check out the Grapevine Night Watchman Ghost Tour.
17. What other cities have Grapevine's Night Watchman prominently displayed?
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.Learn more about Grapevine's sister cities.
18. What year was the original Palace Theater built?
19. What year did Willhoite's Garage open?
Willhoite's opened in 1919 as a dry good store. It became Grapevine's first full-service gas station in the 1920s. Today, it's known as a place that will still fill you up since Willhoite's is now a quaint restaurant and honky-tonk.Willhoite's is stop #56 on the Grapevine walking tour.
20. What year did the Grapevine Sun newspaper begin publishing?
The Grapevine Sun first rolled its presses in 1895. The 1888 Keeling House was the family home of the owner of the long-running Grapevine Sun Newspaper. The museum inside the home chronicles how Grapevine developed from a pioneer settlement into a world-class city and visitor destination. Guests will also discover a working 1881 Chandler & Price printing press and even try their hand at printing with living historians.View more Keeling House Museum information.
21. What year did the original Wallis Hotel open?
The Wallis Hotel opened in 1891 and stood just north of the Cotton Belt Depot where A.J.'s on Main is now located.
22. When was the Wallis Hotel rebuilt and reopened? What organization calls it home?
23. Who is the man who sits on the bench on the Wallis Hotel's porch?
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.See the Wallis Building and current home to the Messina Hof Grapevine Winery
24. What is the cabin that sits to the north of the Wallis Hotel and where did it originally stand?
25. What place does the Texas Wine Industry hold in wine production?
The Texas Wine Industry, based in Grapevine, is the 5th largest wine-producing state in the country.View Grapevine wineries, vineyards, wine trains and more.
26. What disease would have wiped out wine production in the world had it not been for T.V. Munson discovering the cure?
The world would have succumbed 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.Learn about Texas wines
27. How many grapevine varietals are native to Texas?
13 of 16 varietals are native to Texas soil.Explore Grapevine's wineries
28. What cities are Grapevine's famous suburbs?
Dallas and Fort Worth.
29. What do people who live in Grapevine call themselves?
Grapevinians.Learn about Grapevine's history
30. How many species of butterflies can be seen in North Texas?
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!Learn more about the annual Butterfly Flutterby festival
31. What will happen if a theatre ever becomes pitch dark?
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.
32. What type of wagon "opened the West"?
Conestoga wagons. Stop by the Heritage Center and check out a genuine wagon used on Texas' Sesquicentennial wagon train ride.
33. What famous trail passed through Fort Worth over which lots of cattle were driven?
The Chisholm Trail.
34. How old is Grapevine's railroad depot this year?
35. How many Indian tribes signed the Treaty of Birds Fort which opened North Texas for settlement?
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.
36. What is a featured industry in Grapevine?
37. Grapevine's Main Street is very old and historic. Where is it listed?
On the National Register of Historic Places. There are a number of historic markers along the Main Street area which make strolling through town very interesting reading!
38. One of the largest bait shops in the world - with over 7,000 lures -- is located in Grapevine. What is it called?
39. There is a lake in Grapevine...what is it called?
40. A grand resort hotel opened in Grapevine in 2004. There is one in Tennessee, Florida, and Maryland. What is it called?
The resort is called the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center on Lake Grapevine.
41. What is the friendliest town in Texas?