|In 1841, John Neely Bryan, a lawyer from Tennessee laid claim to 640 acres and sketched out a town, designating a courthouse square and 20 streets. Dallas was incorporated as a town in 1856 and as a city in 1871. In 1930, C.M. "Dad" Joiner struck oil 100 miles east of Dallas. Commerce and industry have followed suit, adding to the city's success and progress. Often called "Big-D", ninth largest city in the U.S., Dallas is the hub of the oil, finance, insurance, distribution and industrial business of the entire southwest. With numerous museums, galleries, cultural events and over 7,000 restaurants, Dallas is an exiting place to experience and enjoy the cosmopolitan life.