Before Texas attained statehood in 1846, the Garland area was part of the vast Peters colony, a venture by W. S. Peters for the settlement of families around the present Dallas, Texas area. The area contained acres and acres of wildflowers, trees in the bottom lands only, and a few bands of wandering Indians. Settlers began arriving about 1850, and a community was launched in 1874 with a store and later a mill, built by a man named Moles. The corn mill was built on the northwest bank of Duck Creek, so the settlement took the same name.


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