Importance of Knowing History
The ability to shape the future of Benbrook is intimately tied to knowing its past. For one, knowing our history makes us aware of the planning and decisions of those who came before us. It also helps us understand these decisions. For example:
- The prior transportation and land subdivision actions establish a framework within which future development can take place, and profoundly affects our ability to make future land-use decisions.
- Prior economic activity tends to direct future economic activity along associated lines.
- Prior planning activities, whether implemented or not, directly and indirectly influence land-use decisions.
James M. Benbrook and Peter Boaz are recognized as the city's founding fathers. The full and fascinating history of the city is recounted in Chapter 2 of the 2013 Benbrook Comprehensive Plan.
In addition, in 2011, the City published "Images of America: Benbrook," a pictorial account of our history. In 2013, the City of Benbrook purchased a video documentary on the city's history, "Once Upon a Time in Benbroook."
The book and DVD both can be purchased at City Hall, 911 Winscott Road, open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. business days. For more information, please call 817-249-6990.
In 2012, the Benbrook Historical Society (BHS) was formed to seek out, preserve, properly archive, and make available to the public, items of historical value, stories, and landmarks that reflect the rich history of the city. For more information or to become a member of the BHS, contact President Jess Jordan at 817-249-7509.