When John Neely Bryan laid claim to this area and built a single log cabin, he envisioned a commerce center that capitalized on the land and its river. With the arrival of the railroad, Dallas became a thriving business and market center. An influx of highly skilled and cultured immigrants gave Dallas a cosmopolitan air unmatched on the frontier. Neiman Marcus was founded here, followed by a Federal Reserve Bank, Southern Methodist University and Dallas Love Field Airport. "Dad" Joiner struck oil nearby on the East Texas Oil Field in 1930, and the Texas Centennial Exposition was held here in 1936. With DFW International Airport's opening, Bryan's dream of a major inland port was accomplished. Dallas boasts more shopping centers per capita than any other U.S. city and is home to America's oldest shopping center, Highland Park Village. Other shopping centers include Galleria Dallas, NorthPark Center, West Village and Mockingbird Station. The Dallas Farmers Market, open daily in downtown, is one of the largest open-air markets in the country. At least a dozen entertainment districts can be found near downtown, each offering its own mix of culture, shopping and dining: Dallas Arts District, Fair Park, Deep Ellum, Main Street, Greenville Avenue, Knox-Henderson, Uptown, West Village, West End, Oaklawn, Mockingbird Station and the Bishop Arts District. Six professional sports teams make their homes in the Dallas area: The Dallas Cowboys (NFL), Dallas Mavericks (NBA), Dallas Stars (NHL), Dallas Desperados (AFL), FC Dallas (MLS) and Texas Rangers (MLB). The Dallas Area Rapid Transit System and the Trinity Railway Express commuter line provide service to the area. www.dart.org and www.trinityrailwayexpress.org.
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