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Garland Heritage Celebration Features Historical Tours

The City of Garland and the Garland Landmark Society will celebrate the city’s history on Saturday, May 31 with a full day of events, entertainment and family fun. The day will begin with the re-dedication of the Landmark Museum and the dedication of Heritage Crossing, at Sixth and Walnut Streets.
After the official ceremonies, the Landmark Museum will be open for visitors to enjoy photos, stories and artifacts from Garland’s rich history. Garland’s heritage is closely tied to the railroad. The city itself came into being in the late 1800s because of the economic inspiration of two intersecting rail lines. More than a century later, the DART Light Rail brought new opportunities to Downtown Garland when it arrived in 2002.

Today’s Downtown Garland has deep roots in those early years. During the Garland Heritage Celebration walking tours will give patrons a chance to discover the magic of Downtown Garland’s historic and modern-day treasures. The tours will begin at the Landmark Museum, 393 N. Sixth St in Heritage Crossing (behind the Central Library). Participants will receive tickets that can be punched at key points throughout the walking tour and returned to be entered in prize drawings.

Many Downtown Garland businesses will be part of the tour and will have discounts and refreshments for tour participants. Other businesses will not be on the historical tour, but will welcome Celebration patrons with special coupons and giveaways.

The following Downtown Garland businesses will participant in the tour and punch card tickets: Bakers Furniture; Dos Banderas; Generator Coffee Shop; Ivy Cottage; Main St. Deli; Resurrected Designs; Roach Feed & Seed; Rowlett Florist; and Salvage Pub & Grill. The latest and most complete list will be available during the event at the Landmark Museum.

The Garland Heritage Celebration begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 31 and will include free musical entertainment, kiddie train rides, festival food and much more. For a schedule of events and activities, visit the event web page on the City of Garland website. For more information about the Landmark Museum and the Garland Landmark Society, visit www.GarlandHistorical.org.