History of North Richland Hills

The history of North Richland Hills, TX, dates back to the early 1800s, when a gentleman by the name W.S. Peters brought approximately 600 families to the region. This happened in the course of 3 years and it was part of a land grant. By the summer of the year 1848, more and more families had started trickling in, and even established permanent settlements. In 1849, Tarrant County was founded and named after its founding father, General Edward Tarrant H. Birdville, a community just next to present-day North Richland Hills Southwestern boundary, was named the first-ever county seat. For over a century, the area remained as a rural ranching and farming community.

In the year 1952, a major landowner, Clarence Jones, started subdividing his 270-acre rural dairy farm. His land was located in what is today’s Cummings Drive. One year later, a land’s committee, through the North Richland Hills Civic League, pushed for the region to be annexed to Richland Hills. Annexation was denied and they proceeded to establish their own city. Elections were held and the Jones Farm, all 268 acres of it, together with its 500 or so residents, was officially incorporated, becoming the city of North Richland Hills.

By the time it was getting to 1957, the city’s boundary was only two miles away from Smithfield. Three years later, Smithfield was annexed to North Richland Hills. By this time, the population of North Richland Hills had already started growing. It rose from around 8,000 residents in 1960 to more than double that number by 1970. The population continued growing at an incredibly rapid pace, and by the time it was getting to the 1990s, it had hit the 45,000 mark. As the city was entering the new millennium, its population had grown so rapidly and it didn’t seem to stop. Today, North Richland Hills is Tarrant County’s 3rd largest city, with a population of approximately 70,000 residents.

North Richland Hills, TX, operates under a 1964 adopted charter, providing a Council Manager system of government. The entire city council is made up of a mayor, who is the overall head, as well as 7 other public elected council members. It is the council’s responsibility to determine North Richland Hills city’s objectives and goals, establish city policies, and also adopt the city’s yearly operating budget. The council also has a city manager, who sees to it that the daily operations are met efficiently.