History

The Peters Colony and Little Elm were chartered in 1841 as part of the Republic of Texas. The area was inhabited mostly by Indian tribes who lived along the several creeks that traversed the area, providing abundant water for springs and associated wildlife for food.

As settlers discovered, the area also had a rich source of timber which provided fuel in the harsh winters and fertile soil for crops. Little Elm remained a quiet lakeside community until growth by surrounding communities began to have a profound affect on our sleepy town.

As growth discovered Little Elm in the late 1990’s, residents began to prepare for the flood of new residents that were learning about our beautiful lake setting that had been enjoyed so much by a small number of the local residents for decades.

Little Elm was incorporated in June 1966, adopted the Council/Manager form of government and its Home Rule Charter in May of 2001, and currently has approximately 9,012 acres or 14.08 square miles within the corporate limits.

A large portion of the original downtown is currently below the waters of Lewisville Lake as a result of the Corp of Engineers raising the lake level by relocation of an impoundment dam, which replaced and covered an earlier lake known as the Garza/Little Elm Reservoir. If you are drawn to town culture, rich in history that goes back to the birth roots of the great State of Texas, you will love Little Elm!

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