A FUTURE WITH A PAST
Although called Cross Timbers, Leonardville, and Dunnville at various times during its early development, it seemed Grapevine was destined for the name it would finally adopt. The community, surrounded by place names like Grapevine Creek and Grape Vine Springs, was, in fact, located on the edge of Grape Vine Prairie. The establishment of a post office required citizens to choose a permanent and final name and Grapevine, a reference to the proliferation of wild Mustang grapes growing in the region, stuck. Grapevine, squeezed between the bigger cities of Dallas and Fort Worth, may not have felt its proximity to a merging metropolis much of an advantage in the 1800s but by mid-20th century the location had raised Grapevine’s profile (and bank account) considerably. The city has since used its prosperity to preserve its past, reviving its historic downtown with assistance from the Texas Historical Commission’s Main Street City program. Grapevine’s Historical Museum has archived the regions heritage in the restored Cotton Belt railroad depot. Nearby, Nash Farm, a Grapevine Heritage Foundation project, preserves and interprets the regions farming and agricultural history. Grapevine also maintains its own vintage railroad where locomotives guide period rolling stock (and visitors) through Grapevine’s railroad past.