Sherman in Grayson County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
In the mainstream of Texas history for more than a century, this area was, in 1837, the site of Colonel Holland Coffee's trading post, a landmark structure at the Preston Bend crossing of the Red River.
It was a focal point, beginning in 1842, for settlers of the important Peters' Colony. In 1846 the county was created from part of Fannin County by the 1st State Legislature. It was named for Peter W. Grayson, who immigrated to Texas in 1830, served in the Texas Revolution, and was attorney general in the Republic.
Also in 1846 the county was organized and Sherman was made county seat. The original townsite was 5-1/4 mi. W of here. It was moved to its present location, 1848. Honoree of the town name was Colonel Sidney Sherman, a hero of the Battle of San Jacinto. The place is distinguished for having had at least five courthouses and for its superior schools of the 19th century. It was once known as the "Athens of Texas."
In 1858 the famous Butterfield Trail crossed the county and in the same period and later, a number of cattle trails and early railroads traversed the area.
Today Lake Texoma, created 1939-1944, is a county tourist attraction. The Sherman-Denison region was named a Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area, 1967.
[Incise on back reads] Erected by Grayson County Historical
Erected 1969 by Texas State Historical Survey Committee and Grayson County Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 7376.)
Location. 33° 38.169′ N, 96° 36.57′ W. Marker is in Sherman, Texas, in Grayson County. Marker is on Travis Street south of Houston Street (Texas Highway 56), on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is on the northeast grounds of the county courthouse. Marker is at or near this postal address: 101 West Houston Street, Sherman TX 75090, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ninth Texas Cavalry (here, next to this marker); Eleventh Texas Cavalry (here, next to this marker); The First Confederate Monument Erected in Texas (here, next to this marker); Home County of Conservationist Allison Mayfield (here, next to this marker); Peter W. Grayson (a few steps from this marker); President Roosevelt's Visit to Grayson County (within shouting distance of this marker); Gold Star Mothers (within shouting distance of this marker); Japanese Model 92 (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sherman.
Also see . . .
1. Grayson County, Texas. (Submitted on April 26, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Grayson County TX Official Website. (Submitted on April 26, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 26, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 311 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on April 26, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.