Welcome to the City of Champions!
On behalf of our city council and staff, I would like to welcome you to our great city. We are part of the Best Southwest Partnership, Dallas’ best kept secret!
Duncanville is a community with a hometown feeling, a unique quality that distinguishes us from the rest. Yet, we are ideally located in one of the nation’s strongest economic epicenters, located less than 20 minutes from Dallas and Fort Worth. Each day we continue to build a vibrant, inclusive community, driven by a commitment to democratic principles and service above self.
We are one of the most beautiful cities in the metroplex, known for being a warm and friendly community. Nestled between I-20 and Highway 67, the City of Duncanville offers quality shopping and fine dining. Duncanville also offers 17 parks including our centrally located Armstrong Park which hosts multiple events throughout the year such as the Christmas parade and tree lighting ceremony, Fourth of July parade and festivities, summer concert series and much more.
Excellence in education is the standard in Duncanville. We are proud to be home to one of the largest high schools in the nation. The Duncanville Independent School District has been recognized by the Texas Education Association for its exemplary schools in the district and numerous state athletic championship titles. After all, we have a history of housing one of the best Girls Varsity Basketball Teams and Coaches in the nation! The Pantherettes have won the Texas State Championship in consecutive years: 2012, 2013, 2016 and 2017, while being led by Head Coach Cathy Self-Morgan.
These are just some of the reasons why people call Duncanville home. As you can see, it is easy to fall in love with our city. I am proud of our city and know that you will be too!
Welcome to the City of Duncanville
Duncanville is a highly successful & proud community, conveniently located just nine miles from Downtown Dallas and within 20 minutes of Fort Worth. Abundant with parks and recreational amenities, restaurants and cafes, access to great medical facilities and a thriving business community, Duncanville is a great place to live, learn, play, work and do business. Accessible from I-20 and Highway 67 is a small “hometown” Texas atmosphere that is close enough for your to take advantage of everything that the booming Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex has to offer.
Nicknamed the “City of Champions” based on its long tradition of academic and athletic excellence, Duncanville boasts high-quality educational opportunities and tremendous learning facilities within the school district and other regional establishments. With a history of basketball supremacy in the state, Duncanville has become the basketball capital of Texas with several tournaments throughout the year including the Sandra Meadows Classic and Great American Shootout.
In Duncanville you will find clean, safe neighborhoods plus affordable housing and a business community that encourages entrepreneurship and is conducive to “small business” development. The minute you walk into any store or business, you will immediately sense the warm, friendly community atmosphere found only in Duncanville!
At every corner in town, you will also see gorgeous flower beds and beautiful trees welcoming residents and visitors alike. Named a “Tree City USA” community, there are 17 parks, miles of biking and walking trails, state of the art recreational facilities, a five-minute ride to Joe Pool Lake and a number of nearby golf courses. Outdoor enthusiasts have plenty to keep them busy in or around Duncanville.
Together, the school district, City of Duncanville and Duncanville Chamber of Commerce have built a community that we can all be proud of for years to come and a town that lives up to its name … the City of Champions.
Duncanville Chamber of Commerce
The mission of the Duncanville Chamber of Commerce is “to promote business and community prosperity.” We offer various membership services such as advertising on our LED sign, Constant Contact email blasts and a variety of networking events. We offer the Morning, Meet & Munch” Business Interchange, Networker’s Luncheons and Fun After Five to accommodate everyone’s schedule. Our monthly membership luncheons are another popular way to network and to stay informed of all Chamber activities.
We work hard and we play hard to accomplish great things for our members, our schools, our citizens and the City of Duncanville.
In spring 1881, the Chicago, Texas & Mexican Central Railroad was completed, connecting Dallas with Cleburne. In the summer of that same year, Charles P. Nance stepped off the train into a field of sunflowers at a place known as Duncan Switch.
In October 1881, the U.S. Postal Service gave Nance authorization to create a post office, and he called it “Duncanville.” Within a few months, mail would begin to arrive by rail.
By 1883, the Gulf Colorado and Santa Fe Railroad purchased the Chicago, Texas & Mexican Central Railroad and constructed a two-room depot at the rail switch. The community now had two general stores, a congregational hall and a post office – and plans for a cotton gin and a new schoolhouse were being discussed.
During the early 1940s, World War II came to Duncanville, and began a new period of change and growth in the area. The Army Air Corps leased land in southwest Dallas County for use as a landing field for flight training. In 1943, the federal government constructed a military complex.
By the war’s end, many local farmers had begun to sell off parcels of land for subdivisions and the City of Dallas began to expand its boundaries.
When Dallas annexed land within two miles of the city, local residents voted to officially make Duncanville a city on Aug. 2, 1947.
During the 1950s, the majority of newcomers who came to Duncanville arrived as government dependents. The Duncanville military base was now a command site for North American Air Defense, as well as a NIKE missile launch site for North Texas. Duncanville had grown to 3,000 residents.
A new subdivision, Fairmeadows, was built, and it featured reasonably priced homes that adjoined two shopping centers. By 1964, Fairmeadows helped the population of Duncanville grow to 10,000 residents. Today the population is 39,457.
Strategically bound by Interstate 20 and Highway 67, Duncanville offers convenient access to the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, while remaining peacefully sheltered from big-city congestion.
The city sits just to the west of Interstate 35 (a primary north/south route), while Interstate 20 borders the north side of the city. Highway 67 runs directly along the city’s east side.
Within minutes of downtown Dallas and Fort Worth, Duncanville is convenient to two large airports: Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (20 miles) and Love Field (15 miles).
Rail service is also nearby for quick connections to downtown Dallas and Interstate 35 – the NAFTA gateway from the south.
Duncanville is home to a host of entertainment and cultural attractions that will keep the family busy all year-round.
Duncanville Community Theatre, located at 106 S. Main St., brings independent, quality live theater to Duncanville and all of the Best Southwest area. Founded in 1988, DCT produces a variety of shows annually; the season runs June 1 to May 31. To find out what is currently in production, visit www.dctheatre.org.
Music lovers will enjoy the annual Summer Concert Series in the Poe Hobden Amphitheater in Armstrong Park, compliments of the City of Duncanville.
The Museum of International Cultures is a rarity in its category, and captures the imagination of children as well as adults. Dioramas, both life-size and miniature, give a glimpse of far-flung areas from Papua, New Guinea in the South Pacific to Ecuador and Peru. Its colorful gift shop contains items from exotic corners of the world.
Olden Year Musical Museum is an amazing experience for the whole family. Recently opened in June 2018, its 16,000 square feet house over 500 pieces of vintage music boxes ranging from pocket size to table size classic phonographs, Hurdy-gurdy pipe organs, early jukeboxes and much more. The collection has pieces from 1790 to today, including a Thomas Edison phonograph and light bulbs.
Red Bird Skateland offers the Summer Social Skate and roller hockey, and is available for birthday parties. Red Bird Bowling Lanes offers league play and is great for birthday parties. It is also the site of the Chamber’s annual “Burgers, Bowling & Business” event. In addition, the city and local civic clubs offer a number of city-wide special events and activities there throughout the year.
Of course, every Christmas in Duncanville is kicked off by the Christmas parade and tree lighting ceremony. In February, the Lions Club holds its annual Las Vegas Night featuring entertainment, door prizes, auction, food, faux gambling and a chance to hold fellowship with friends.
The Duncanville Lions Club hosts two popular annual events in July and October. The Fourth of July Parade, which is held in conjunction with the City’s Fourth of July Stars and Stripes Celebration, and the Smokin’ Blues & BBQ Festival the third weekend in October.
Fall is the time for the annual Duncanville Rotary Club Fish Fry and the annual Lions Club Pancake Breakfast. Both are time-honored community events with great food.
The Duncanville Chamber of Commerce hosts a concert/auction in September and this year it will be an Elvis Tribute with Kraig Parker and the Royal Tribute Band at Eddie Deen’s Ranch.
Every third Saturday of the month
Lion’s Club Las Vegas Night, last Saturday of the month
Flavor of Duncanville, held during spring break
Memorial Day Celebration
Chamber Golf Classic
Burgers, Bowling & Business
Lion’s Club Parade & City Stars & Stripes Celebration
Concert Series in the Park
Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting