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Texas Stadium: Looking Back at a Legend

Thursday, October 21, 2021 4:00 PM by Carol Stoddard

If I asked you which football stadium had a hole in its roof so God can watch His favorite team play, would you know the answer? But, of course!

Much has been written about Irving's beloved Texas Stadium throughout the years. For almost 40 years, it housed America's team, the Dallas Cowboys, and showcased many memorable moments. It's where the Cowboys won their last Super Bowl game - all five Super Bowl games, in fact. This iconic stadium not only showcased action-packed NFL games, but it was also a hometown gathering place for graduations, high school football playoff games, concerts, and who can forget the drive-in movie theater in its parking lot? When Irving bid farewell to the Cowboys, we said goodbye to a gentle giant, a behemoth best friend, our white-topped mountain on the horizon. Join me in paying a posthumous tribute to this historic stadium during the 50th anniversary of its construction. Join me in honoring the great Texas Stadium.

Considering recent events, I have been moved to dig a little deeper into this historical day, and I’d encourage you to do the same. You’re certain to learn something new. Here’s a small serving of what I’ve discovered about the holiday and its culinary traditions, plus black culture and its contribution to some of our favorite foods.

The Irving Convention Center Turns 10

Thursday, January 28, 2021 8:00 AM by Carol Stoddard

We’re dedicating this #ThrowbackThursday to one of Irving’s biggest game-changers - the Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas, which opened 10 years ago this week. Hosting a wide variety of events from large public shows, to small meetings, to sporting events and more, the building is as flexible as it is beautiful and served as the catalyst that spurred the development of Irving’s Entertainment District.

But the road to developing a convention center in Irving took many twists and turns along the way. Join us as we travel back in time and learn the history of this architecturally stunning structure. As always, for the young and young-at-heart, we’ve included a familiar puzzle. Click on the image below to load the online puzzle. Now, let's get started.

 

We’re dedicating this #ThrowbackThursday to some of the famous people who once called Irving home. Several of these superstars you know hailed from the Big I, but a few just might surprise you. As always, for the young and young-at-heart, we’ve included a Hidden Music activity and coloring page in honor of former Irvingites who – like the city itself – keep the beat going on. Click on the image at the bottom of the page to print the color page. Now, let's get started … 

Throwback Thursday - The Story of Irving

Friday, January 1, 2021 10:00 AM by Carol Stoddard

Irving holds a rich history of people and places that helped build this area into such a vibrant and diverse place to live, work and visit. You may not know the story behind many of our attractions and historic areas, so we've created "Throwback Thursday - The Story of Irving," a weekly blog to tell you about the town we love. Also included each week is a printable activity and coloring page for your kiddos. Simply click on the image to print it out, then have fun coloring and working the activity. The answers to each activity page will

#ThrowbackThursday: The Ruth Paine House Museum

Thursday, August 13, 2020 11:00 AM by Carol Stoddard

 

       We’re dedicating this #ThrowbackThursday to a little known piece of history called the Ruth Paine House Museum. Some of you may have been living in Irving on November 22, 1963 and can remember one of the most tragic and talked about events in American history. Or you may not recognize the importance of that date.  Everyone, however, is familiar with President John F. Kennedy, who on that fateful day was assassinated in Dallas while riding in a motorcade. Our part of the story begins like this . . .