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map of Grayson County
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Physical Features: North Texas county; level, some low hills; sandy loam, blackland soils; drains to Red River and tributaries of Trinity River; Lake Texoma, Ray Roberts Lake, Valley Lake, Randell Lake.

Economy: A manufacturing, distribution and trade center for northern Texas and southern Oklahoma; nature tourism, mineral production.

locator map for Grayson County

History: Caddo and Tonkawa area. Preston Bend trading post established 1836-1837. Peters colony settlers arrived in the 1840s. County created in 1846 from Fannin County, organized the same year; named for Republic Attorney General Peter W. Grayson.

Race/Ethnicity: (In percent) Anglo, 76.2; Black, 6.2; Hispanic, 13.4; Asian, 1.4; Other, 1.9; Two or more races, 2.7.

Vital Statistics, annual: Births, 1,579; deaths, 1,461; marriages, 907; divorces, 251.

Recreation: Lakes, fishing, hunting, water sports, state park, cultural activities, Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge, Pioneer Village, railroad museum.

Minerals: Oil, gas, gravel, sand.

Agriculture: Wheat, corn, hay, beef cattle, horses. Market value $92 million.

Education: Austin College in Sherman and Grayson County College located between Sherman and Denison.

SHERMAN (41,556) county seat; varied manufacturing, processors and distributors for major companies; Austin College; hospital.

DENISON (23,695) health care, manufacturing, retail center; hospital; Eisenhower birthplace, air force base museum; Main Street Fall festival in October.

Other towns include: Bells (1,452); Collinsville (1,732); Dorchester (161); Gordonville (165); Gunter (1,460); Howe (2,772) distribution, varied manufacturing, museum, Founders’ Day in May; Knollwood (478); Pottsboro (2,308) lake activities, marinas, education, Frontier Days in September; Sadler (341).

Also, Southmayd (1,037); Tioga (840) Gene Autry museum, festival in September; Tom Bean (1,065); Van Alstyne (3,658) real estate/financial services, electronic refurbishing, manufacturing, museum, Fall Der All in October; Whitesboro (3,928) agribusiness, tourism, manufacturing, library, Peanut Festival in October; Whitewright (1,618) manufacturing, retail, farming, museum, skydiving, Wine & Rose tour in May.

Eisenhower birthplace in Denison

The Eisenhower birthplace in Denison. Photo by Robert Plocheck.