5 Dallas Facts: From Margaritas to Microchips, Fun Big D Trivia You May Not Know

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As a large metropolitan city with a rich history, Dallas claims many interesting records and cultural accolades. Drawing on a multicultural heritage that celebrates diversity and entrepreneurship, Dallas’ history is as unique as it is bold.

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As a large metropolitan city with a rich history, Dallas claims many interesting records and cultural accolades. Drawing on a multicultural heritage that celebrates diversity and entrepreneurship, Dallas’ history is as unique as it is bold. The following are some intriguing Dallas facts.

1. The nation’s largest arts district is in Dallas.

Zoned and developed in 2009, the Dallas Arts District is the largest in the nation. In the heart of Downtown Dallas, the district is made up of 19 city blocks and nearly 70 acres. Here, you’ll find museums, venues, and galleries celebrating various cultures and genres of fine art.

2. The first margarita machine was invented in Dallas.

Over four decades ago, a local restaurateur invented the frozen margarita machine. While the frozen margarita itself had been a staple cocktail in the Southwest, it was quite difficult for bartenders to make in a timely manner. Inspired by the Slurpee machine at 7-Eleven, restaurateur Mariano Martinez modified a used soft-serve ice cream machine to ensure the drink’s frozen consistency when produced in large volumes. Martinez’s invention helped make the frozen margarita the most popular alcoholic drink in the United States.

3. German chocolate cake isn’t from Germany — and it owes its fame to Dallas.

As one of the most popular cakes in the United States, many people assume that German chocolate cake is a dessert that draws on German cuisine. Although Texas is home to many German-Americans, this cake is not Germanic in origin. Rather, it’s named after Sam German, who created a type of dark baking chocolate for the American Baker’s Chocolate Company. The dessert’s widespread popularity can be traced to 1957, when the Dallas Morning Star published it as a “Recipe of the Day.”

4. The microchip was invented in Dallas.

Texas Instruments employee Jack S. Kilby invented the microchip in 1958. This integrated circuit was revolutionary, its technology paving the way for personal computers and mobile phones. Kilby also helped invent the thermal printer and the handheld calculator.

5. The Galleria mall is home to America’s tallest indoor Christmas tree.

The Galleria, a popular Dallas mall, goes all-out for the holiday season. Every year, the Galleria puts up the nation’s tallest indoor Christmas tree in the middle of the mall’s indoor ice rink. Boasting almost 250,000 lights and over 10,000 ornaments, the Galleria’s Christmas tree is a popular holiday sight for locals and tourists alike.

These Dallas facts only touch on a few facets of the city’s unique attributes and interesting history. As Dallas homeowners can attest, the Metroplex offers endless opportunities for exploration — there’s always something new to learn about DFW.

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