Heath is a community of more than 7,400 residents. The City of Heath is committed to preserving a special way of life where rolling hills and the sparkling lake provide a serene backdrop for beautiful neighborhoods and distinctive homes.
While this pastoral setting offers a sense of being removed from the bustle of city life, residents enjoy spectacular views of the Dallas skyline and easy access to the business, cultural and entertainment amenities of the Metroplex.
Heath’s growing trail system and two municipal parks, including one along the lake, contribute to an enjoyable lifestyle. First-class recreational opportunities are also offered by Rush Creek Yacht Club, home to Olympic Gold Medalist sailors, and the award-winning Buffalo Creek Golf and Country Club.
Exemplary schools include the state-of-the-art Rockwall-Heath High School. The City welcomes the advent of low-impact businesses to provide goods, services and entertainment to its growing population.
In 1840, the Texas Congress ordered a central government road to be built from Austin to the mouth of the Kiamichi Creek at its intersection with the Red River. This road crossed the east fork of the Trinity River in what is now known as Heath. Immigrants and settlers who were attracted by the rich black soil of the area began to travel this road. In fact, the first name for the Heath area was Black Hills.
The first settlers were mostly farmers. In addition to the rich soil, they found an abundance of wild turkeys, deer, geese and ducks. There also was plenty of timber and water. The many willow trees that grew around the springs gave rise to the second name of Willow Springs for the area.
The first post office was established for the community, which by then was known as Heath in 1880. During this period, Texas was evolving from an independent territory to a state. Counties were divided and re-divided. Heath was originally part of Henderson County, then Nacogdoches County, then Kaufman County. In 1873, a petition was circulated requesting that Rockwall be made a separate county. This petition was granted, and Heath was thus situated within the boundaries of the smallest county in Texas.
The town of Heath was devastated by fire in 1916; the first of three fires that destroyed many businesses and set the City’s growth back significantly. After the 1920s, the population declined as young people left to find work in bigger cities such as Dallas. Farming revenue was not sufficient to support a family unless the farm was very large.
When the town population was 200 in 1949, the Heath school closed and merged with the Rockwall Independent School District. The town was incorporated in 1959.
Lake Ray Hubbard became a reality in 1969. The old Barnes Bridge Road was covered by its waters. The first revenues of the City, a sum of $100, were generated by its franchise with Texas Power & Light.
By 1970, the population was 520 and homes were being built throughout the City. Newcomers were attracted to the openness of rural living and proximity to Lake Ray Hubbard.
As families continue to choose to live in Heath, the town has grown and thrived and in 2007 had a population of more than 6,900 residents.
Things To Do
A mosquito sample taken along Terry Drive this week tested positive for the West Nile Virus. As a result, ground-based spraying for mosquitoes will occur in the area shown on the map below on Friday, July 10 after 9 p.m., weather permitting. The City will continue to test for the West Nile Virus at locations throughout the City and conduct additional spraying as necessary. To date, no cases of West Nile Virus infection have been reported in the City.
You do not need to do anything special or differently. If you want to take extra precautions, you can refer to these suggestions:
- Remain indoors with children and pets and cover any ornamental fish ponds, beehives or organic gardens. Stay indoors at least an hour after spraying has concluded.
- Close windows and doors, and turn off window-unit air conditioners or set to recirculate indoor air only.
- Do not let children play near or behind truck-mounted applicators when spraying is taking place.
- Drive cautiously around the spray vehicle and pass it with care.
- Avoid eye or skin contact with the spray if you are outside, and wash any exposed skin with soap and water if you come in contact with the spray.