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Garland Celebrates its Railroad Heritage on May 31

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, which is housed in a 1901 Santa Fe Depot, and the dedication of Heritage Crossing, at Sixth and Walnut Streets. The official ceremonies will begin at 10 a.m. Downtown patrons can enjoy entertainment, activities and food throughout the day and into the evening.
Afterward, 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.
The rest of the day’s activities will include live music featuring the barbershop quartet, Vocal Minority, and performers from the Garland Opry including C.B. Luce and the K3 Sisters. Children can enjoy free rides on a trackless train and receive free conductor hats while supplies last. Bounce houses, food vendors and other activities will also be available in the Heritage Crossing area and throughout the downtown area.
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. Participants will receive tickets that can be punched at key points throughout the walking tour and returned to be entered in prize drawings.

Downtown Garland’s Central Library will feature Family Train Fun at the Library all weekend, including a model train display from the Spring Creek Model Railroad Club. The display will include a H0n3 narrow gauge layout based in the 1920s. On Saturday, the Library will host activities beginning at 10:30 a.m. which will include train stories, a scavenger hunt, prizes and a whistle parade.
The celebration will continue into the evening with the Garland Square Pickers performing on the square beginning at 7 p.m. Then enjoy a free screening of “Meet Me in St. Louis,” starring Judy Garland, at 8 p.m. at the Plaza Theatre.

The Garland Heritage Celebration begins at 10 a.m. 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 http://www.garlandhistorical.org/.