Pleasant Grove is an area located in the southeast portion of Dallas.
The Pleasant Grove area is unofficially bounded by: Bruton Road to the North, Elam Road to the South, Prairie Creek (physical creek, not the road) to the East, and the Great Trinity River Forest to the West.
A number of surrounding neighborhoods, (including Piedmont, Parkdale, Pleasant Hills, Pleasant Mound, Scyene, Urbandale, Buckner Terrace, etc.) although their own separate neighborhoods, are often considered apart of Pleasant Grove.
The first settlers in the Pleasant Grove area, during the 1840s, included W. B. Elam, who held one of the original land grants, Richard Bruton, and Cornelius Cox. By 1875 a wooden building was used as a union church and school. An early teacher at one of the schools built in the 1880s was Don Lebow, who named the school Pleasant Grove after its location in a grove of cottonwood trees. The name was then applied to both the school and the community.
In 1900 Sam Street's map of Dallas County showed Pleasant Grove as a small community with a store. In 1916 the first brick schoolhouse was built. In 1937 Pleasant Grove formed its own school district.
Due to a post-World War II housing boom the population grew from 120 to 3,500 between 1943 and 1952. By the late 1940s Pleasant Grove had seven businesses, including a new bank. Businesses remained less important than the residential areas, but in 1952 Pleasant Grove Shopping Center, a major retail center, was built.
Pleasant Grove twice fought incorporation movements and remained unincorporated till June 1954 when Pleasant Grove was annexed by Dallas and the Pleasant Grove school district merged with the Dallas Independent School District.
In 1962 the Greater Pleasant Grove Chamber of Commerce was formed to promote business in the area. This organization was later expanded to cover surrounding communities, and became the Southeast Dallas Chamber of Commerce.
In the 1990s Pleasant Grove continued to be known as a separate community, although it was officially part of Dallas and received all its city services from Dallas.
It is within the Dallas Independent School District.
Middle Schools that serve Pleasant Grove area students:
High Schools that serve Pleasant Grove area students:
The Pleasant Grove area is served by two public libraries.
Pleasant Grove Library Branch - Dallas Public Library located on 7310 Lake June Rd.
Prairie Creek Library Branch - Dallas Public Library located on 9609 Lake June Rd.
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