Seniors Stop In Mesquite


Senior travelers discover Mesquite, a city in north central Texas that is located only 12 miles east of Dallas. The population runs right at 140,000 making it the seventeenth most populous city in Texas. Home of the Mesquite Championship Rodeo, the city is generally known as the “Rodeo Capital of Texas”.

First established by the Texas and Pacific Railway in 1873, Mesquite was named after nearby Mesquite Creek. Incorporated in 1887, the city grew very slowly with cotton as one of its primary industries.

Then between 1950 and 1970, the city’s population exploded, growing from less than 2,000 to upwards of 50,000 residents. Senior visitors will discover that Mesquite’s reputation as a retail, restaurant and entertainment destination is well deserved.


Seniors Enjoy the Rodeo

For more than 50 years, the Mesquite Championship Rodeo has entertained families with thrilling rodeo events such as saddle bronc riding, bull riding and barrel racing. The rodeo includes jumbo video boards to highlight all of the action, a private club and lots of children’s activities like pony rides, free face painting, the Dash for Cash, and Mutton Bustin.

The local Chamber of Commerce notes that If there’s one attraction that carries the Mesquite brand, it’s the Mesquite Championship Rodeo.  Started in 1958 by Neal Gay, it blends America’s original sport and the ultimate Texas cowboy experience. So yank up your boots, tighten your belt buckle, put on that big cowboy hat and have a fun time in Mesquite at the Rodeo.


From symphony to drama to art exhibits, a wide variety of cultural activities can be found at the Mesquite Arts Center. Bring your clubs along and play a round or two at the Mesquite Golf Club. For an opportunity to enhance your appreciation for nature, take a hike down the Butterfly Trail at Paschall Park.

 Senior Enjoy City of Awards

Keep Mesquite Beautiful and the City of Mesquite have joined in an effort to beautify an existing hike and bike trail in the Travis Williams Park Trail System. TripAdvisor provides information on restaurants and things for senior visitors to see and do. 


Mesquite has piled up several awards that include the Governor’s Community Achievement Award, Texas Urban Forestry Award, and the National League of Cities Award of Excellence. It has also been designated a Tree City U.S.A. and for you birders, a bird sanctuary. Mesquite received a national City Livability Award and was named a finalist for the All American City Award in 1995.

Ten years ago the Mesquite Arts Center opened with two weeks of ceremonies, arts events, and celebrations. The center provides arts to Mesquite residents and senior visitors with concerts theatrical plays, visual arts, and children’s programming.

So stop by Mesquite the next time you’re near Dallas and enjoy! -jeb

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