Pantego, Texas

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Town of Pantego
Town
Location of Pantego in Tarrant County, Texas
Location of Pantego in Tarrant County, Texas
Coordinates: 32°42′55″N 97°09′17″W / 32.71528°N 97.15472°W / 32.71528; -97.15472Coordinates: 32°42′55″N 97°09′17″W / 32.71528°N 97.15472°W / 32.71528; -97.15472
Country United States
State Texas
County Tarrant
Incorporated (city) May 22, 1952
Government
 • Mayor Melody Paradise[1]
Area
 • Total 1 sq mi (2.6 km2)
 • Land 1.0 sq mi (2.6 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 571 ft (174 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 2,394
 • Density 2,400/sq mi (920/km2)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 76013
Area code(s) 817
FIPS code 48-55020[2]
GNIS feature ID 1343518[3]
Website http://www.townofpantego.com

Pantego is a town in Tarrant County, Texas, United States. The population was 2,394 at the 2010 census.[4] It is entirely surrounded by the cities of Arlington and Dalworthington Gardens. It is in the middle of the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex, a metropolitan area spanning several counties.

History[edit]

Originally incorporated in 1949, the town dissolved in February 1952 and re-incorporated on May 22, 1952.

The earliest Europeans in the area are thought to be the members of the De Soto Expedition under Luis de Moscoso, in 1542. The expedition is thought to have camped near what is now Village Creek.

In 1841, during the time of the Republic of Texas, troops under the command of General Edward H. Tarrant skirmished with local Indians in the area.

Settlement of what would become Tarrant County started in the early 1840s. Early settlers included Colonel Middleton Tate Johnson and Colonel Frederick Forney Foscue. According to local tradition, Colonel Foscue had an Indian friend named Pantego. In 1883, Colonel Foscue donated land for a school. Tradition holds the school was named Pantego in honor of Colonel Foscue's Indian friend.

Additional history can be found on the town website's history page.

Geography[edit]

Pantego is located at 32°42′55″N 97°9′17″W / 32.71528°N 97.15472°W / 32.71528; -97.15472 (32.715183, -97.154845)[5].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.0 square miles (2.6 km²), all of it land.

The town's southern border adjoins Dalworthington Gardens; both towns are completely surrounded by the city of Arlington.

Recreation[edit]

Bicentennial Park opened in 1976 and expanded in the 1990s.

Law and Government[edit]

Funding[edit]

Pantego is well know speed trap and derives 1/3 of it revenues from motor vehicle infractions. Since 2008 the town has added police and warrant officers in order to increase this source of revenue. Speed limits at the town border drop 10 mph which ensnares many unsuspecting motorists. Cell phone use in school zones are a major source of tickets.

Due to the large numbers of tickets issued, Pantego's traffic court is held in the City Council Chambers where Defendants are brought before the Prosecutor to plead their case. Pantego offers six-month payment plans for fines.

Local government[edit]

Pantego is a General Law city. It has a City Council consisting of 5 members elected at large for staggered 2-year terms and a Mayor elected for a 2-year term.

Pantego has a council-manager form of government. It has a full-time police department and fire department and several citizen committees.

Residents can obtain a library card from Arlington's library system. With an Arlington library card, they can check out books at most public and state-university libraries in Texas through the TexShare program.

Federal representation[edit]

The United States Postal Service operates the Pantego Post Office in Arlington.[6]

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 2,318 people, 920 households, and 720 families residing in the town. The population density was 2,331.0 people per square mile (904.0/km²). There were 951 housing units at an average density of 956.3 per square mile (370.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 87.06% White, 8.58% African American, 0.22% Native American, 1.90% Asian, 0.22% Pacific Islander, 0.73% from other races, and 1.29% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.67% of the population.

There were 920 households out of which 26.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.0% were married couples living together, 12.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.7% were non-families. 18.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 2.84.

In the town the population was spread out with 22.3% under the age of 18, 6.1% from 18 to 24, 21.8% from 25 to 44, 27.6% from 45 to 64, and 22.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females there were 91.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.5 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $68,571, and the median income for a family was $71,938. Males had a median income of $55,227 versus $37,969 for females. The per capita income for the town was $30,471. About 5.7% of families and 6.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.7% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

No colleges or universities are present in this small community, but the town lies within driving distance to Arlington and the rest of the Dallas/Fort Worth metropolitan area, which contains a number of colleges and universities including the University of Texas at Arlington and the Tarrant County College system.

Pantego lies within the Arlington Independent School District. Pantego is zoned to Hill Elementary School, Bailey Junior High School, and Arlington High School.

In Texas, school district boundaries do not always follow city and county boundaries because all aspects of the school district government apparatus, including school district boundaries, are separated from the city and county government. In the case of Pantego, no Independent School District was ever established. The proximity of the already established Arlington ISD led to the entirety of Pantego being served by the AISD since the middle of the 20th century.

Pantego Christian Academy's Arlington Campus has facilities within the city limits of Pantego and Arlington.[7][8] Around 2008, the school bought a 57,000-square-foot (5,300 m2) building at 2221 West Park Row Drive to use as a high school campus.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1], Pantego, TX Official website, retrieved 2013-04-22
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. ^ "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Pantego town, Texas". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved December 1, 2011. 
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  6. ^ "Post Office Location - PANTEGO." United States Postal Service. Retrieved on May 15, 2010.
  7. ^ "Academy Information." Pantego Christian Academy. Retrieved on January 27, 2009.
  8. ^ "Pantego town, Texas." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on January 27, 2009.
  9. ^ "Pantego academy takes giant step forward." Fort Worth Star-Telegram. July 28, 2008. B02 Metro. Retrieved on January 27, 2009.

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