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GEOGRAPHY
Location:
Forney is located in the northwest portion of Kaufman County, just 20 miles east of Dallas along US 80. Forney is bordered on the south side by Interstate 20.

Climate:
Average Annual Rainfall 39.82
Average Minimum Temperature (January) 35 º F
Average Maximum Temperature (July) 95 º F

Physical Features:
Forney borders on the East Fork of the Trinity River and has terrain varying from flat blackland prairie to scenic rolling wooded hills. There are potential homesites of thousands of acres high on the ridge, overlooking the Trinity River and the Dallas skyline.


TRANSPORTATION

Air:
Dallas Love Field 35 miles from Forney
D/FW International Airport 45 miles from Forney
Phil L. Hudson Airport 5 miles in Mesquite

Bus:
Greyhound Bus Lines 10 miles in Terrell

Highways:
Interstate 20 passes within Forney’s ETJ (southern edge). US Highway 80 passes within Forney city limits (northern side). Interstate 30 passes 12 miles north of Forney in Rockwall. Interstate 635 (LBJ Freeway) is 8 miles west of Forney in Mesquite. FM RD 740 connects with Highway 175 in Seagoville through Forney to Interstate 30 in Rockwall.


UTILITIES

Electricity:
TXU Electric Delivery 888-313-6862
FEC 800-541-2662
Trinity Valley Electric Co-op 972-932-2214
For a list of retail electric providers contact the Public Utility Commission in Austin.

Gas:
Atmos Energy 800-460-3030

Water:
City of Forney 972-552-2291
High Point Water Supply 972-564-3801
Markout Water Supply 972-552-9611
Talty Water Supply 972-552-4422
Forney Lake Water Supply 972-771-1199

Telephone:
SBC Communications 800-464-7928
FEC Communications 972-772-7033

Cable Television:

Cebridge Connections 800-999-6845


CHURCHES
Fifteen Churches representing 8 denominations are located within the city and surrounding area.

GOVERNMENT
Mayor and 6 City Council members. Forney maintains 21 paid Municipal Police Officers, 2 Reserve Police Officers, 9 Dispatchers, 1 Records Clerk & 2 Animal Control Officers as well as 13 paid Certified Firefighters and 35 Volunteer Firefighters.

Outside the Forney City Limits law enforcement is provided by the Kaufman County Sheriff’s Department.

EDUCATION
Schools:
The Forney ISD is a TEA Acceptable School District. The slogan for the school district says it all: Forney ISD: Dedicated to Excellence in Student Achievement! The school district consists of 7 Elementary Schools (K-6) Blackburn, Claybon, Criswell, Crosby, Johnson, Henderson and Lewis; 1 Middle School (7-8) Forney Middle School; and 1 High School (9-12) Forney High School. In the fall of 2008 there will be two additional K-6 schools and a second Middle School opened.

Higher Education:
Several universities and colleges are located within a 60-mile radius of Forney, including SMU, TCU, UNT, TWU, UTA, Texas A&M-Commerce, Trinity Valley Community College, as well as many others.


AREA ATTRACTIONS

Begun in 1969, Forney’s antique industry grew so much that in 1987 the State Legislature officially designated Forney “Antique Capital of Texas.” Nowadays the dealers number better than 375 with over 380,000 square feet under roof to browse through and buy. There are several areas of antique stores to shop in as shown on the map. Some visitors come for the day and find so much they need to spend the night to enable them to finish the next day! Many choices abound in restaurants and other shopping venues in town. Forney is easily accessed by U.S. 80 and I-20 (to the south).


“ANTIQUE CAPITAL OF TEXAS” Forney
Lake Ray Hubbard -Forney
Layden Senior Citizen Center -Forney
Creekview Golf Club - 10 miles in Crandall
Buffalo Creek Golf Club -10 miles in Rockwall
Tanger Factory Outlet Mall -10 miles in Terrell
Town East Mall - 10 miles in Mesquite
Championship Rodeo -10 miles in Mesquite

HISTORY
Forney has its earliest beginnings in the mid-1800’s as the village of Brooklyn. In 1873 it was renamed Forney in honor of John Wein Forney for being instrumental in bringing the railroad to town. Agriculture, which had always been our main industry, exploded during this time and again in the early 1900’s with the development of US 80 (The Dixie Highway). In 1969 Glenn “Red” Whaley opened the first antique business in the area. State resolution #101 declared Forney as “The Antique Capital of Texas”. Throughout the years, Forney has maintained a quality balance of industry, agriculture and quiet, clean rural living all within 10 minutes of one of the most vibrant metropolitan areas in the United States. Welcome to our community and feel free to contact the Chamber for further information.
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