Welcome to DeSoto! This city was around in 1848, when T. J. Johnson, fresh from Tennessee, built a tiny general merchandise store near the “crossroads” — at what is today the intersection of Belt Line and Hampton Road. For the 163 years since the first store was built, DeSoto has been a meeting place where members of the community live and work together, pursuing their common dreams and goals.
Today, DeSoto is a prosperous community of over 50,000 citizens. Though the pace is faster than before, that “crossroads” where friends and neighbors meet and do their business still thrives. The natural beauty and strategic location that drew early settlers are just part of what brings people to DeSoto. Working together as neighbors is more than just a great idea — it’s a way of life!
In 2006, the City of DeSoto was named an All-America City by the National Civic League. The All-America City Award recognizes exemplary grassroots community problem-solving and is awarded to communities that identify their challenges and collaboratively work together to achieve results.