DeSoto 75th Anniversary

countdown to DeSoto's 75th Anniversary!
And, We're celebrating ALL. YEAR. LONG!
DeSoto 75 Logo MAROON (1)

Upcoming Events

75th Anniversary Gala - April 5, 2024
Von Miller Day - April 2024
4th of July Celebration - July 2024:
  6:00pm - 9:30pm

DeSoto's 75th Anniversary Truck Wrap Art Contest!!
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Here are the contest details:
The kiddos can draw their favorite people, places or things in DeSoto. Their design may include images that reflect our city, capturing events from the past and present, as well as important people. Their design may also include words but must be mostly images.

For Submission:
1. All submissions must be complete and in full color

2. Submit all artwork in one package
3. Separate by class/grade
4. Artwork will be returned in 3-6 months

Use the assigned template below to create a design:

1. K-2: Hood
2. 3-5: Tail
3. 6-8: Driver Side
4. 9-12: Passenger Side

Use city logo and brand colors throughout the design. (Brand colors are green, maroon and orange and coral).
1. Do not write their name on the picture.
3. Write on the BACK of the picture: Student Name, Grade, School, Teacher or Principal

Submission Deadline: Friday, June 7, 2024, at 5 pm.
Submission Email:

DeSoto's dynamic history

early years
DeSoto is one of the oldest settlements in North Texas. It was in 1847, just eleven years after Texas won its independence from Mexico, that families first settled in the area that is now DeSoto. Curtis Parks, one of the first settlers in the DeSoto area, built his home in 1847. He came from Indiana with his wife Amelia.  A few of the other early settler families to the area were Thomas Cheshier, Zebedee Heath, Otway B. Nance, Allen Q. Nance, F. M. Hamilton, and John P. Voorhies. 

Around the year 1848, T. J. Johnson, fresh from Tennessee, built a tiny general merchandise store near the "crossroads." This crossroads was located where one road (just a wagon trail in those days) went from Dallas to the Shiloh community in Ellis County. Another trail crossed the road, running east and west, from Lancaster to Cedar Hill. This crossroads is now the Belt Line and Hampton roads intersection.

In 1881 a post office was established and the settlement was given the name of DeSoto in honor of Dr. Thomas Hernando DeSoto Stewart, a beloved doctor dedicated to the community. During those early years, DeSoto remained a farming community and not much changed until the 1940s.

city growth
After World War II the area began to grow, as did all of the towns and cities in Dallas County. Because of the growth that the community was experiencing, the people felt the need to incorporate in order to improve an inadequate water distribution system. On February 17, 1949, a petition signed by 42 eligible voters was presented to Dallas County Judge W. L. Sterrett, requesting an election for incorporation. The election was held on March 2, 1949, with 50 votes in favor of incorporation and 2 opposed. On March 3, 1949, the results of the election were entered into the records of the Commissioners Court of Dallas County, thereby creating the City of DeSoto. On March 15, 1949, a City Officers election was held. Wayne A. Chowning was elected mayor, and T.O. Hash, Malcolm Hamm, S.I. Vaughn, Roy E. Spurgin and A. P. Bagby were elected councilmen (aldermen at that time).

The first called City Council meeting was held at the schoolhouse on East Belt Line Road on March 17, 1949, with C. H. Estes appointed as City Secretary. It was determined that the City of DeSoto had a population of approximately 400. DeSoto thus became the nineteenth organized municipality in Dallas County. The City of DeSoto celebrated the 50th anniversary of its incorporation on March 3, 1999.

Since its incorporation, many mayors have served DeSoto including:
W.A. Chowning

Willis Dawson
Floyd Huffstutler
J.B. Wadlington
E.G. Anderson
John Campbell
L.C. Zeiger
L.C. Moseley
H.H. Chandler
Roy Orr
Dr. Robert Nunneley
Charles Harwell
Durward Davis
Willis Russell
Ernest Roberts
David Doyle
Richard Rozier
Michael Hurtt
Bobby Waddle
Carl O. Sherman
Curtistene S. McCowan
Rachel Proctor