The area known today as Grand Prairie was originally named Dechman after town founder Alexander McRae Dechman. Dechman was a farmer who traded oxen and wagons for land in Dallas County in 1863. The post office was opened in 1874 and Dechman's son operated a trading post there. In 1877, Dechman traded half his land to the T&P Railroad to ensure it came through town and the railroad named the depot "Dechman." The city of Grand Prairie was incorporated in 1909.
Today, Grand Prairie enjoys a robust economy fueled by its premier location in the Metroplex with major employers such as Lockheed Martin, Poly-America, Inc., Bell Helicopter-Textron, Vought Aircraft Industries, Inc., Southwest Airlines and Siemens Energy & Automation calling Grand Prairie home. During "off" hours, residents enjoy recreational opportunities second to none. Besides all the interesting diversions in the Metroplex, Grand Prairie is home to Joe Pool Lake, Lynn Creek Park, Lloyd Park and Lynn Creek Marina. Tangle Ridge Golf Course is one of the area's best and Prairie Lakes Golf Course is also popular with local golfers.
In addition to Six Flags Over Texas, professional sports in Dallas-Fort Worth, the Fort Worth Stockyards and more, Grand Prairie offers several exciting local attractions. Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie is a Class I thoroughbred racetrack. Trader's Village is a massive "flea market," which attracts three million visitors a year. The Palace of Wax and Ripley's Believe It Or Not, Next Stage Performance Theater, Bonnie and Clyde's hideout—the Goodwin log cabin—and the internationally known Greenhouse Spa are other fun area attractions. Prime location, prosperous economy and affordable housing make Grand Prairie a hotbed of economic development.
Grand Prairie's students go to school in the Grand Prairie Independent School District, which serves more than 21,000 students on approximately 33 campuses. There are numerous colleges and universities in the area for those seeking higher education.