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August 11, 2011 / Gaston Today Magazine

Gaston Town Spotlight: Dallas, NC”Gaston’s First Town.”

Dallas, NC


Old folklore tells of a popular saying that “All roads lead to Dallas.” In the heart of Gaston County in North Carolina’s Piedmont region, you’ll find the small, residential town of Dallas. As a family-oriented, quiet town close to numerous big city amenities, Dallas has the best of all worlds. Dallas is approximately three miles north of the City of Gastonia, and within 20 miles of the Queen City of Charlotte.

Geography: Dallas
It is approximately three miles north of the City of Gastonia. lies within the Long Creek watershed. Long Creek is a right tributary of the South Fork Catawba River.

History: The community was named for Vice President George Dallas under James K. Polk.

Dallas was officially incorporated in 1863 and is the oldest incorporated town in Gaston County. It served as the original county seat for Gaston County from 1846 until 1911. The old Gaston County courthouse, renovated in 1868 after a fire, still stands in the main square of the town and serves as the Dallas Police Department.

Dallas began to decline in importance when the town commissioners refused to appropriate money for construction of bridges over several creeks for theAtlanta and Richmond Air-Line Railway in the 1872. The commissioners said the reason was because residents thought that trains would wake them during the night and frighten their livestock. After this the county seat was relocated to Gastonia in 1911.

The Dallas Historic District, bounded by Holland, Main, Gaston and Trade Streets, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The District consists of eight buildings, including the former Gaston County Courthouse (built in 1848), former Gaston County Jail (1848), the Smyre-Pasour House (1850), Rhyne Store (1850), and the Hoffman Hotel (1852). The Hoffman Hotel is now home to the Gaston County Museum.

What To Do/Where To Go: North Gaston High School in Dallas was the location for filming of the 1999 movie Carrie 2.


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  1. Melanie / Sep 27 2011 5:23 am

    just an FYI, the Dallas police department has moved to 207 W. Church Street and the old courthouse is going to be renovated.

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