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It became an industrial city, attracting workers from Texas, the South, and the Midwest.

The Praetorian Building of 15 stories, built in 1909, was the first skyscraper west of the Mississippi and the tallest building in Texas for some time. A racetrack for Thoroughbreds was built and their owners established the Dallas Jockey Club.

Dallas and nearby Fort Worth were developed due to the construction of major railroad lines through the area allowing access to cotton, cattle, and later oil in North and East Texas.

The construction of the Interstate Highway System reinforced Dallas' prominence as a transportation hub with four major interstate highways converging in the city, and a fifth interstate loop around it.

Overall, the Dallas–Fort Worth metro area had the second largest population increase among metro areas in the U.

S., which recorded a population of 7,233,323 as of July 1, 2016, an increase of 807,000 people since the 2010 census.

With the construction of railroads, Dallas became a business and trading center and was booming by the end of the 19th century.The area remained under Spanish rule until 1821, when Mexico declared independence from Spain, and the area was considered part of the Mexican state of Coahuila y Tejas.In 1836, Texians, with a majority of Anglo-American settlers, gained independence from Mexico and formed the Republic of Texas."Hot spots" in this area include Uptown, Victory Park, Harwood, Oak Lawn, Dallas Design District, Trinity Groves, Turtle Creek, Cityplace, Knox/Henderson, Greenville and West Village.East Dallas is home to Deep Ellum, a trendy arts area close to Downtown, the homey Lakewood neighborhood (and adjacent areas, including Lakewood Heights, Wilshire Heights, Lower Greenville, Junius Heights, and Hollywood Heights/Santa Monica), historic Vickery Place and Bryan Place, and the architecturally significant neighborhoods of Swiss Avenue and Munger Place.

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