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My Hometown

February 27, 2013

My family has lived in Argyle, TX since 2004. I was not born in Argyle, but I consider it my hometown because I lived there longer than anywhere else and spent all 4 years of high school there.

Although Argyle was originally founded in 1881, significant growth did not begin to occur until the end of the 20th century. Since 1990, the town’s population has almost tripled in size. The vast majority of this growth comes from families moving to Argyle in order to escape the congestion and environment found in metropolitan DFW.  As a result of this rapid growth, property values in Argyle have risen rapidly since 2009, which in turn  has drawn wealthier families to move to the town. This has resulted in an increasingly affluent population.

Traditionally, Argyle’s economy and culture was built around agriculture. The recent explosion in growth has significantly changed this. The incoming suburban and urban families have begun to change the culture of this rural area. Despite the growth, Argyle’s population is still under 4,000 and much of the land is still owned by native Argyle families. This is much to the dismay of developers because there is huge profit potential if these large tracts of land were opened to development. Many town hall meetings have centered around this debate: should the citizens work to maintain Argyle’s rural environment, or work to open up more land to development?

The town is deeply split on this issue, but the majority of the population and local government seems to be committed to protecting Argyle’s rural feel. The only commercial establishments in Argyle are three local restaurants, a Subway, a gas station, a veterinarian’s office, a real estate brokerage, a doctor’s office, and a couple small stores. There are only two traffic lights and no grocery store. A developer recently abandoned his attempt to develop a parcel of land into a small grocery store upon facing significant opposition from the community. It remains to be seen whether or not Argyle will open up to more development, but many think that the town’s growth will taper out in the short run.

Argyle is not what one would call a diverse community. As of the 2010 census, 95.9% of the town’s population is white. The town is relatively homogeneous in terms of beliefs and culture as well. Much of town life revolves around the school. Friday night football games routinely draw 5,000 spectators and Argyle’s “rush hour” occurs at the beginning and end of the school day. In short, Argyle was a typical small town before it began significantly changing as a result of DFW’s urban sprawl.

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The second photo is of Pilot Knob, a heavily wooded hill on the outskirts of town. It is rumored that infamous outlaw Sam Bass stowed a small fortune of gold coins there after robbing a Ft Worth bank. My friends and I spent many many hours on that hill searching and never found a thing.

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