The Southlake area was settled by pioneers in the 1840s but was not incorporated as Southlake until 1956, 4 years after Grapevine Lake was finished. Before incorporation, the following settlements made up present day Southlake:
The area remained rural until the completion of the DFW International
Airport in the 1970s. Due to the close proximity to the airport,
Southlake became a boom-burb throughout the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s.