The Crossroads of Gaston County.
Noted as the “Crossroads of Gaston County,” the small, historic Town of Dallas (named after George 
Mifflin Dallas, the eleventh vice president of the United States) is located near the county’s geographic 
center and immediately north of the Interstate 85 and US 321 interchange. 

Established as the first seat of Gaston County government in 1846, Dallas would go on to officially 
incorporate as a town on February 11, 1863. Fast-forward to 2015, and the 4670 residents of 
this postcard-like oasis of southern charm and hospitality have honored their sesquicentennial 
anniversary by completing the comprehensive restoration and enhancement of the nationally registered 
(1848) historic courthouse building and traditional downtown public square. The area still serves as the 
town’s focal point for family-oriented gatherings and events and will continue to do so long into the future. 
One of Dallas’ most accomplished and revered residents, the late Dr. William C. Friday, grew up in 
a small frame house only blocks from the square. His distinguished career in higher education was 
hallmarked by his service as the longest-tenured president (1956-1986) in the University of North 
Carolina system. The university system’s growth, prestige and status as one of the nation’s premier 
institutions were largely defined by Dr. Friday’s active presence. Today, the William C. Friday Middle 
School reflects his legacy of educational service and leadership. 

The Gaston County Museum of Art and History is located in Dallas opposite the Courthouse Square 
in the 1852-vintage former Hoffman Hotel where visitors to the preserved structure can tour two floors of 
extensive, changing exhibits on local and regional art and history, including the state’s largest collection of 
horse-drawn vehicles and the permanent Carolina’s textile exhibit. Just up the road, beyond a burgeoning 
commercial and retail center at the US 321 Interchange, lies the campus of Gaston College, where nearly a 
half-million square feet of classroom, laboratory and support buildings allow some 16,000 students annually to attend classes toward degree and certificate programs as part of the North Carolina Community College System. 

With a highly successful municipal electric utility providing reliable, low-cost power; a water and 
wastewater system growing in capacity and quality; well-equipped and trained public safety departments and family-oriented recreational facilities and programming Dallas is poised for a sustainable future, where 
progress is respected and actively pursued while legacies are acknowledged and honored.
"Come rock on the porch with your friends in Dallas".
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