The community was moved near the railway, which is no longer in use, for more attraction. Greenway named it Crystal City because he thought that one day it would become a city - but it never did. The local school its named after him: Thomas Greenway Middle School(TGMS). TGMS has grades 5-8, and the Crystal City Early Years School (CCEY) has grades K-4.
The community has a very rich heritage as a thriving agricultural service centre. Over the years since the 1960s, Crystal City has had to adapt to changes brought about by the trend toward larger farms and an aging population.