Arlington was known as a small agricultural marketplace and a destination with “medicinal” mineral waters for health-seekers up until the early 20th century. When the Bankhead Highway was built through Arlington in the 1920s, it provided a direct connection between two larger cities, Fort Worth and Dallas. Ease of access for travelers triggered rapid growth and the development of the tourism industry. Manufacturing also boomed when General Motors built a plant in Arlington in 1954. The construction of the interstate highway north of the city in the late 1950s led to a dramatic increase in population, as Arlington became one of the fastest-growing areas along the Bankhead. Take some time to explore the Bankhead’s old routes along Abram and Division Streets before indulging in Arlington’s more modern pursuits.
Top O' Hill Terrace, 3001 W. Division St.
Top O’ Hill Terrace is located on the campus of Arlington Baptist College, but its history tells a spicier story. When it opened in the late 1920s, its restaurant and tea garden operated legitimately, while a casino and brothel operated illegally. Rest assured that you can visit Top O’ Hill Terrace safely (and legally!) on your Bankhead road trip.