Saturday, December 2, 2023

Panel to Discuss How Aviation Changed Southlake

On August 15, as part of the “Taking Flight: How aviation changed North Texas and Southlake” exhibit displayed currently in Town Hall, a panel of key figures of Southlake and its history will be exploring the economic impact that aviation has had on the City of Southlake.

The discussion will mainly be over the effects of D/FW International Airport on the city of Southlake, its businesses and residents. Panelists are set to include, Mayor Laura Hill, Former Mayor and current Tarrant County Commissioner, Gary Fickes, former Southlake Economic Development Director, Greg Last, President of Cooper and Stebbins, Frank Bliss, Longtime area residential realtor, Lou Hillman, and D/FW International Airport VP of Commercial Development, John Terrell. The event will take place from 6:30 PM to 8 PM, Monday, Aug. 15, in the City Council chambers, also in Southlake Town Hall.

The panel is free and open to the public.
The exhibit in the lobby of Town Hall and the Southlake Library is open to the public 10 AM – 8 PM,
Monday through Thursday and 10 AM – 6 PM Friday and Saturday. The library is closed on Sunday.

For more information go to or call Connie Cooley at 817-223-9606.

Southlake Historical Society Seeking Stories About Aviation in Southlake

The Southlake Historical Society is gathering information about the upcoming exhibit TAKING FLIGHT. The exhibit will include panel discussions on private airstrips in Southlake and on the impact of D/FW International Airport on Southlake. Dates and the names of participants will be announced soon.

Did you fly in and out of small airstrips in rural Southlake during the ’50s, ’60s, ’70s or later?

Do you have a story about an airstrip in Southlake, Colleyville, Grapevine, Westlake, Keller, any other nearby?

Come to the Feedstore BBQ, 530 S. White’s Chapel, between 5 and 7 p.m., Monday, May 23, to share your stories with the Southlake Historical Society. You can also mark on a map the location of airstrips you remember.

For more information visit the Southlake Historical Society website.