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Best Local Trivia About DFW

February 8, 2014 7:00 AM

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Sure, there are factoids that everyone domestic and abroad know about the DFW metroplex, but even those of us who have called this area home can learn a few new tricks about our fascinating abode. Trivia that satisfies the eyes, the intellect, the heart and the palate abound. Let’s take a break to learn a few fun facts about DFW.

Dallas Public Library-Original Documents
J. Erik Johnsson Library
1515 Young St.
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 670-1400
www.dallaslibrary2.org

The main branch of the Dallas Public Library, the Erik Johnsson Library, is not only a place of literature, but also fascinating historical finds. One of the original copies of the “Declaration of Independence” is kept here, the only one in the Western United States, and it is in good condition. There is also one of the only 250 existing copies of Shakespeare’s first folio, “William Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories & Tragedies,” printed back in 1623. Hidden treasures galore sit on the seventh floor of this exceptional library.

Mariano’s Hacienda
6300 Skillman St., Building J
Dallas, TX 75231
(214) 691-3888
www.laharanch.com

Dallas may not be the birthplace of the first margarita ever, but don’t let that detail steal Mariano Martinez’ thunder. Back in 1971, at Mariano’s Hacienda restaurant, Mr. Martinez created the first ever frozen margarita machine. Having been inspired by a Slurpee machine, Martinez combined the deliciously slushy iciness with the stress-numbing effects of a standard margarita. Margaritas have never been the same since.

Dallas Arts District
N. Pearl St. and Flora St.
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 744-6642
www.thedallasartsdistrict.org

Loaded with attractions, what many might not know is that currently, the Dallas Arts District is recognized as the largest arts district in the nation. With its expressive architecture, fine arts and performance arts flowing out into the streets, visiting every museum and locale here, like the Dallas Museum of Art, the Perot Museum, the Windsor Opera House and others, would require a few days at least. The express option to see this mammoth arts center would be one of the Dallas Center for Architecture’s public tours.

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I. M. Pei Designed Architecture
Dallas City Hall
1500 Marilla St.
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 670-3738
www.dallascityhall.com

Back in the day, Dallas definitely had a flair for the Art-Deco style, as reflected in many local buildings. However, at some point, I.M. Pei, renown as the last “modern architect,” seemed to stage a take-over of Dallas of architecture, designing some of the city’s most prominent landmarks including Dallas City Hall, Fountain Place, Energy Plaza and the Meyerson Symphony Center.

Cowboys Stadium/AT&T Stadium
1 AT&T Way
Arlington, TX 76011
(817) 892-4000
www.stadium.dallascowboys.com

Along with its tendency to break attendance records, the Cowboys Stadium, now known as the AT&T Stadium, can boast about its size through trivia. With the roof closed, the AT&T Stadium can actually fit the entire Statue of Liberty inside of it. It was not an easy task, but Jerry Jones made it happen. Thanks, Jerry for helping the Big D outshine national monuments.

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Kena Sosa is a freelance writer in Dallas. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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