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Arlington is the seventh-largest city in Texas.It is the 50th largest city in the United States. It is located in Tarrant County, between Dallas and Fort Worth.
Arlington was named for Arlington, Va., home of General Robert E. Lee. In 1875, the Texas and Pacific Railroad chose a site for a new station, which opened as Arlington Station in 1876. Located just five miles from the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, Arlington continues to serve as a transportational hub for the area.
Arlington is one of the nation's fastest-growing cities, more than doubling in population between 1980 and 2000. Its General Motors plant employs 3,000, producing automobiles and parts. The city also produces medical, electronic, and oil-field equipment, plus rubber and plastic products.
Arlington is best known for its recreational and sports attractions. In 1961, the Six Flags Over Texas amusement park opened its doors. In 1972, the Washington Senators baseball team moved to their new home at Turnpike Stadium . A new $650 million football stadium for the Dallas Cowboys was approved by Arlington voters and it was completed in 2009. The stadium has 80,000,seats making it the third largest stadium in the National Football League. Arlington College opened in 1895;and became the University of Texas at Arlingtonin in 1966.