Geologist Will Give a History Lesson on Dallas

Professor’s Lecture to Show How Overlooked Factors Play Role in Founding

April 21, 2008

How did Dallas grow from a one-room log cabin to the ninth-largest city in the nation?

City boosters tout the sheer grit of its founding citizens for Dallas becoming the home of one in every four Texans.


Lecture: “Why is Dallas Here? One Geologist’s Perspective” a free public lecture

Who:  Robert J. Stern, Ph.D., UT Dallas geologist

When: 5-7 p.m. April 24

Where: Old Red Museum of Dallas County History & Culture, 100 S. Houston St., Dallas

Beyond the usual answers of ambitious founders and great opportunities for wealth, UT Dallas geologist Robert J. Stern sees reasons that have to do with several subtle but important natural advantages.

He will describe five of them in a free public lecture on Thursday evening, April 24.  The talk, called “Why is Dallas here: One Geologist’s Perspective,” will be at the Old Red Museum of Dallas County History & Culture in downtown Dallas.

“I cannot disagree that determined citizens were extremely important in moving Dallas and the rest of the Metroplex forward,” Stern said.

“But there are other reasons – subtle natural advantages – that need to be considered if we are to fully appreciate the past and prepare for the future.”

Media contact: Office of Media Relations, UT Dallas, (972) 883-2155, [email protected]

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Dr. Robert J. Stern believes that Dallas owes its existence to more than the ambition and determination of its forefathers.

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