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.
Things to do in DeSoto TX
- Visit the DeSoto Veterans Memorial – a memorial honoring local veterans and their service to the country.
- Explore the nearby Cedar Hill State Park – a park with hiking trails, fishing opportunities, and camping.
- Go shopping and dining at the nearby Uptown Village at Cedar Hill – an outdoor shopping center with several shops, restaurants, and a movie theater.
- Attend a performance or event at the nearby DeSoto Arts Commission – an organization promoting arts and culture in the community.
- Go on a scenic drive or hike through the nearby Joe Pool Lake – a scenic lake with several parks and recreational areas.
- Visit the nearby Dallas Zoo – a large zoo with a variety of animals from around the world.
- Enjoy a round of golf at the nearby Thorntree Country Club – a private golf course with beautiful views and challenging holes.
- Go bowling or play arcade games at the nearby Bowlmor Dallas – a family entertainment center with bowling, laser tag, and other activities.
- Visit the nearby African American Museum – a museum showcasing the history and contributions of African Americans in the Dallas area.
- Take a trip to the nearby Six Flags Over Texas – a large amusement park with rides, shows, and other attractions.