Published on June 18, 2020, Updated on September 24, 2022
About The Colony, Texas
The Colony is a city located in Denton County, TX and is home to over 36,328 residents as of 2010. As a suburb of Dallas, The Colony is rich in scenic views of the Lewisville Lake, acres of wildlife, and several outdoor activities like fishing, hiking, cycling, camping, swimming, boating, and picnicking. The Colony is also home to numerous exceptional golf courses such as The Tribute, The Old American, and Stewart Peninsula. The City also houses big amenities like an advanced art athletic complex called The Colony Five Star and the Blue Sky Sports Center which is a 43,000 sq ft indoor soccer facility. Due to it being a host of many local athletic leagues as well as regional, state, and national competitions, The Colony has ranked 1st place in the “Sportstown for the State of Texas” by Sports Illustrated Magazine and the National Parks and Recreation Association.
The Colony is also home to one of the highest acres of parks per capita (about 3,000 acres) in Texas and the Nebraska Furniture Mart of Texas – the biggest home furnishings retail and warehouse growth in the country. The Hawaiian Falls, a popular family-friendly water park, can also be found in the area as well as the Topgolf – The Colony.
Due to the City’s high education, well-maintained parks, tree-lined streets, abundance in nature, friendly neighborhood, and special community events, The Colony has been designated as a Tree City USA as well as a Playful City USA. Not only that but it is also just 35 minutes away from Downtown Dallas.
History of The Colony, TX
The Colony derives its name from the original Peters Colony. The Peters Colony headquarters was located within the current boundaries of The Colony in the historical community of Stewartsville and the site of the Hedgcoxe War. The Colony is also the site of Bridges Settlement (established during the years of the Republic of Texas and the oldest community in Denton County), Stewarts Creek, Rector, Stoverville and Camey, also known as Camey Spur.
One of the oldest portions of The Colony is Bridges Cemetery, established in 1857 on land owned by the Bridges family, is found on Morningstar Lane. The cemetery gates stand closed to the public except during certain dates when it is open to visitors by the local history committee.
The Colony did not exist before 1973, when home developers Fox and Jacobs (which became part of Centex) purchased 3,000 acres (1,200 ha) located around State Highway 121 and Farm to Market Road 423. The name “The Colony” was chosen by Fox and Jacobs because they wanted its new development to share a sense of kinship with Texas’ early history and “to create a living monument to the spirit and courage of the Peters Colonists … those men and women who braved considerable hardships to begin new lives, in new homes, on new land.” They planned the development to be a new “dream city” consisting primarily of single-family homes grouped as a “colony” and based on the city of Dallas’ infrastructure specifications. In 1973, Fox and Jacobs negotiated an agreement with the city of Frisco to begin construction in its extraterritorial jurisdiction. In 1974, street construction began with many streets being named after early settlers and members of the construction crews. The first model homes were completed in August 1974 and the first families moved into their homes in October that year. The homes were served for water services by The Colony Municipal Utility District formed in 1974, electricity via Texas Power and Light, cable television via Lakeside CATV and telephone service via Southwestern Bell.
In 1977, the homeowners associations’ petition to disannex the development from the city of Frisco’s extraterritorial jurisdiction was approved. The Colony voted to become an incorporated city in January 1977 and became a Home Rule City in 1979. Residents of The Colony participated in two polls to select a name for the new city. Both polls chose the name “The Colony” and the name was ratified by the City Council in May 1977. In 1987, The Colony voted to merge with the small lakeside community of Eastvale.