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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 in 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, 75.0; Black, 6.3; Hispanic, 13.8; Asian, 1.5; Other, 1.9; Two or more races, 2.8.

Vital Statistics, annual: Births, 1,579; deaths, 1,461; marriages, 919; divorces, 178.

Recreation: Lakes, fishing, hunting, water sports, Eisenhower State Park, cultural activities, Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge, Pioneer Village, railroad museum.

Minerals: Oil, gas, gravel, sand.

Agriculture: Wheat, corn, hay, beef cattle, horses. Second in sales of cultivated Christimas trees. Market value $66.2 million.

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

SHERMAN (44,192) county seat; varied manufacturing, processors and distributors for major companies; Austin College; hospital.

DENISON (25,631) health care, manufacturing, retail center; hospital; President Dwight Eisenhower birthplace, air force base museum; Main Street Fall festival in October.

Other towns include: Bells (1,552); Collinsville (1,998); Dorchester (168); Gordonville (165); Gunter (1,663); Howe (3,610) manufacturing, agriculture, trucking services, library, Founders’ Day in May; Knollwood (554); Pottsboro (2,522) lake activities, marinas, education, Frontier Days in September; Sadler (345).

Also, Southmayd (1,107); Tioga (1,019) Gene Autry museum, festival in September; Tom Bean (1,150); Van Alstyne (4,658) retail center, manufacturing, government/services, museum, Grayson County College-South Campus, Fall Der All in October; Whitesboro (4,139) agribusiness, tourism, manufacturing, library, Peanut Festival in October; Whitewright (1,707) government/services, retail, manufacturing, museum, truck & tractor pull in June.

Eisenhower birthplace in Denison

The Eisenhower birthplace in Denison. Photo by Robert Plocheck.