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Named in honor of Robert E. Lee’s hometown in Virginia, Arlington claims a colorful and varied heritage, beginning with Native Americans and continuing through the explorations of the first Europeans and the earliest days of the Texas Republic.
By the 1920s, the city gained a number of businesses, including the city’s second banking institution, the Arlington First National Bank. The first public library and first city park were established, and population growth necessitated a new high school, built in 1922.
With the opening of Six Flags Over Texas in 1961, Arlington entered a new era as a regional amusement park and sports center. In 1972 Turnpike Stadium, now known as Arlington Stadium, became home to the Texas Rangers Major League Baseball Team. By the mid-1980s, the city’s population had soared to 250,000.
Julie Fuller (Lee's sister) is buried in the Moore Memorial Cemetery in Arlington, Texas, off North Davis Drive and Randol Mill Road, which is not far from the baseball stadium.
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Blooming Grove, also known as Gradyville, is on State Highway 22 and Farm Road 55 ten miles west of Corsicana in northwestern Navarro County. The town originated in a store established by R. J. Grady and Sam Andrews shortly after the Civil War. When a post office was established there in 1871, citizens met at the White Church Cemetery to choose a name for the community. The town was named either for a grove of blooming trees or for the son–Blooming Davis–of a Doctor Davis. After 1881 the community moved a mile north to be on the Cotton Belt rail line (officially known as the St. Louis Southwestern Railway) and merged with the community of White Church.
By 1900 Blooming Grove was a shipping and trade center for the surrounding area and depended mainly on agriculture for its economy. At that time the town had four gins, four churches, several grocery stores, several independent cotton buyers, two gristmills, two lumberyards, two restaurants, two hotels, and a community fair. The town declined in the mid-1930s due to falling cotton prices and the onset of the Great Depression. Railroad service to the community was discontinued in 1931. Many stores and gins closed, and banks failed. Farmers were unable to borrow money and moved away. The town's population dropped from a high of 1,500 in 1933 to 821 in 1936. After World War II some residents left to work in nearby factories and cities. In 1990 the town had a population of 847 and eight businesses.
Lee's grandfather (Sam Houston Fuller) was born in Blooming Grove where his family owned a cotton farm.