The Western Frontier
Established in 1873 as a depot town for the Texas and Pacific Railroad, Mesquite has grown into a modern suburban city. Mesquite’s past as part of the western frontier can be relived through several historic sites and tours.
The homestead is a step back in time to the late 1800s. It is open for tours every second Sunday of the month; special tours may be scheduled by calling Historic Mesquite. Donated to the City of Mesquite by the Florence family, the homestead is restored and furnished with items historically important to the community. One of the buildings serves as a gift shop.
Recently bequeathed to the City of Mesquite for restoration, the Lawrence family farm on East Kearney has served as a working facility since its construction in 1876. In 1885, the majority of the home (as it is seen now) was finished, and several generations of Lawrences have lived in the three-story home. A distinctive feature of the home is its tower room, and legend has it that outlaws used to hide in it because it offered a long-range view.
Other historical sites around Mesquite include Brickyard Cemetery, First Methodist Church of Mesquite, Galloway Farmstead, Motley Cemetery and Potter Cemetery.