Originally known as Bell Plain Baptist Church, this congregation was organized in 1879 at the home of J. A. Lindsay. The first services were conducted in the Bailey Junction Schoolhouse by the Rev. Isaac Reed. In 1884, soon after the school . . . — — Map (db m204515) HM
Burial site for early settlers of Fannin and Grayson counties. Commonly called "Jenkins Cemetery"—as access was through John J. Jenkins' farm. First usage date is unknown; oldest stones have had lettering erased by weather. Earliest dated stone is . . . — — Map (db m204507) HM
As a result of late 1920s legislation in Texas and Oklahoma, the two states cooperated on a project to build free highway bridges spanning the Red River to accommodate rapidly increasing highway traffic. One of these bridges was near Colbert . . . — — Map (db m212088) HM
October 14, 1890
Dwight David Eisenhower
President of the
United States of America
Presented to the People of Texas
Eisenhower Birthplace Foundation
Amon G. Carter • Sid W. Richardson
Web Maddox • . . . — — Map (db m72845) HM
Thirty-fourth President of the United States; born here Oct. 14, 1890, third son of David J. and Ida Elizabeth Stover Eisenhower.
Dwight Eisenhower graduated from the U.S. Military Academy, 1915; in 1943, during World War II, was appointed . . . — — Map (db m215133) HM
While David Harman Coffman (1827-1888) served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War (1861-1865), his wife Harriet (Jones) and four sons came to North Texas from Missouri. After the war David joined the family and they bought this land. . . . — — Map (db m183315) HM
Established about 1853 by Benjamin F. Colbert. Across it came thousands of immigrants into Texas in the fifties. The stages of the Southern Overland Mail Line, which provided mail and passenger service between St. Louis and San Francisco, crossed . . . — — Map (db m212089) HM
Pioneers, who were camped near a spring on property of William S. Reeves (1794-1879) while waiting for their land grants, built this one-room schoolhouse about 1855. The leader of the group was William L. Holder (1820-1876), who migrated to . . . — — Map (db m183820) HM
Blacksmith Micajah C. Davis (1790-1860), one of the founders of Grayson County, erected this cabin about 1840at Iron Ore Creek settlement near present Denison. The Pioneer home was built of hand-hewn oak logs with a plank floor. Sold in 1870 to . . . — — Map (db m183430) HM
The Presbyterian Board of home missions commissioned Reverend Josiah Milligan to oversee Presbyterian outreach in Texas. Rev. Milligan chose to office in Denison and began holding services in his living room. On December 22, 1872, he organized the . . . — — Map (db m184498) HM
The city of Denison's first public park was established in 1872. The town was founded in that same year as a terminus for the Missouri, Kansas, and Texas (Katy) Railroad and began as a melting pot for many different cultures. Originally conceived . . . — — Map (db m174958) HM
World famed grape culturist. Earned second degree ever given at Kentucky A. & M. College (1870). Moved to Denison 1876; Became a civic leader and had nurseries for wide varieties of plants.
In 1880's helped France save vineyards from root . . . — — Map (db m184107) HM
In 1874 this church was founded to serve the Black community of this growing railroad town. Ministers from several Baptist churches in the county helped organize the new fellowship. Some of the charter members transferred from St. John Baptist . . . — — Map (db m215114) HM
Pioneer home of James Kinsey Miller and wife Orrena (Tabor), who came to Texas from North Carolina in 1852, settling in 1860 in area of later Denison. About 1866 Miller and his sons built 2-room dogtrot house of oak logs over stone cellar with gun . . . — — Map (db m215121) HM
A Native of Missouri, Jesse Elvis Hendricks (1837-1920) cane to Grayson County in 1846. In 1863-64, he built this log home five miles southeast of this site. It was originally a one-room cabin with a loft, but Hendricks and his wife, Susan Matilda . . . — — Map (db m183614) HM
This monument commemorates the restoration in the year 1985 of the original Katy Park, built in the early 1900's and honors the many dedicated Denisonians and others who made the achievement possible. Their names appear here along with these . . . — — Map (db m72895) HM
Completed 1944, Texoma is today the second largest lake in Texas and the eleventh largest reservoir in capacity in the United States. Its main purposes are flood control, power generation, and recreation. Lake Texoma was promoted largely through . . . — — Map (db m212090) HM
Architect Donald Mayes (1914-1966) designed and lived in this house with his wife, Rose Marie (Riddle) (1918-2008), whom he married in 1940. In addition to this home, he designed several others in the Edgewood addition, as well as banks, schools, . . . — — Map (db m183994) HM
On homesite bought Oct. 15, 1866, by J. K. Miller (1826-1908), this spring supplied his household, neighbors, travelers on nearby ferry road. Civic -minded Miller gave alternate business area lots to the city of Denison; also sites for each early . . . — — Map (db m215120) HM
In 1865 the Union Pacific Railway Southern Branch was incorporated to build a railroad from the St. Louis-Kansas City area to the Gulf of Mexico. In 1870, with construction completed to the border of Indian Territory, the line was renamed the . . . — — Map (db m72898) HM
On December 24, 1872, a Missouri, Kansas & Texas (Katy) Railroad train carrying 100 passengers arrived here in the newly established railroad town of Denison. Its arrival marked the culmination of years of effort by the Katy to construct a rail . . . — — Map (db m72862) HM
Oldest extant house in city. Erected in 1850's by Dr. R.L. Bullock. Built around typical "dog run" or entry hall. Had first window glass in county.
Family home of Confederate Col. T.C. Bass since 1867. His daughter Nettie, born here 1868, . . . — — Map (db m183762) HM
A noted watering place on pioneer trails, known as early as 1840 to settlers and prospectors who camped near the strong currents of water boiling up at the foot of a rocky bluff. The sandstone of the bluff's face became an inscription rock, in . . . — — Map (db m183906) HM
Churches and private schools provided early educational training for African American students in Denison until 1886, when Anderson Public High School opened at 530 W. Bond Street. To meet the need for improved and centralized facilities, district . . . — — Map (db m215118) HM
Denison's oldest house of worship and oldest Episcopal Sanctuary in Grayson County.
Site given by Denison Town Company and visitation by the Rt. Rev. Alexander Gregg, first Bishop of Texas, in May 1873.
Cornerstone was laid in 1875 by . . . — — Map (db m184648) HM
Grayson County officials became aware of a growing need for a public recreation facility for the area's approximately 65,500 residents in 1930. Three years later the federal government agreed to create a small lake on land provided by the county. . . . — — Map (db m215130) HM
Ernst Martin Kohl (1857-1935), former German Navy captain who came to Denison in 1885, built the first floor of this structure in 1893 to house a grocery store and saloon. He added the top three floors in 1909-11 as his family's residence. In . . . — — Map (db m72853) HM
Built on 800-acre farm near Bells by Geo. S. Fitzgerald, who moved with family from Virginia to Texas in 1857. He cut building timber on his farm in 1859. On return from Confederate army he erected this house in 1866. He was prosperous and . . . — — Map (db m183656) HM
Built by world-famed scientist. Munson (1843-1913) was born in Illinois; educated in Kentucky; married Ellen Scott Bell, 1870; had eleven children.
Settled in Denison 1876, and developed extensive nurseries.
Built this Victorian home . . . — — Map (db m201911) HM
Built by Judge G. Thompson in the early 1840's on the south bank of the Red River at Presto Road.
In 1942 it was bought by Ms. Nellie Chambers and moved east of Denison to save it from the advancing waters of the newly formed Lake Texoma. . . . — — Map (db m183566) HM
In memory of
the men and women of
who have served
Knights of Columbus
Denison County 830
May the souls of the
dearly departed, through
the mercy . . . — — Map (db m72894) HM
William Benjamin Munson (1846-1930) was born in Fulton County, Illinois. He was the first graduate of Kentucky’s Agricultural and Mechanical College (later, University of Kentucky) in 1869. He had moved to Texas by 1871, settling in Sherman and . . . — — Map (db m215125) HM
Established 1880's by Jot Gunter, developer of Texas real estate, prominent Grayson County businessman. In mid-1890's his ranch exceeded 20,000 acres. Gunter, born in North Carolina in 1845, came to Texas to practice law after he served in . . . — — Map (db m194779) HM
In the 1840s, settlers moved to this area as part of the Peters Colony. In the early 1870s, plans for the Houston and Texas Central Railroad coming through the settlement brought new residents to the community, known as Summit. Renamed for railroad . . . — — Map (db m194745) HM
Located on land patented by Anderson White (1801-85), on certificate issued April 23, 1850, by Peters Colony, an immigration project which had received a large land grant in this region from the Republic of Texas. Burial plot was begun Jan. 6, 1857, . . . — — Map (db m194769) HM
Jabez Haning (1827-1883) came to Grayson County with his family in 1846. In the 1850s Jabez Haning obtained a grant of 320 acres of land from the Peters Colony. His land was located about nine miles south of the town of Sherman. Harriet Campbell . . . — — Map (db m194778) HM
The daughter of James M. and Martha Sue (Baxter) Roberts, Mame Roberts lived her entire life in or near the community of Howe. Largely self-taught, she worked as a substitute teacher in the lower grades at the Howe Public Schools in the early 1900s . . . — — Map (db m194747) HM
William Whitley Wheat (1820-1890) was born in Alabama to Samuel and Cynthia (Stinson) Wheat. He married Cynthia Ann Maynard, and the couple came to Texas in 1842 to Peters Colony. They moved three years later to what is now Grayson County, settling . . . — — Map (db m194771) HM
A community grew up near Fort Johnson on the Texas Military Road (also known as the Shawnee Trail) in the 1840s. Earlier called Georgetown and Reevesville, the settlement became known as Fink when a post office (500 feet north) was established in . . . — — Map (db m223629) HM
Established by William G. Cooke in 1840 as a part of the defense of the Military Road from Red River to Austin. Named in honor of Colonel Francis W. Johnson (1799-1888). Commander of the Texas Army at the capture of San Antonio, December 10, 1835. . . . — — Map (db m223628) HM
Established about 1837 for trade with the Indians of the Red River region and the western plains. Here many white captives of the Red Men were redeemed. From its vicinity the Snively Expedition set out for New Mexico on April 25, 1843. Abandoned . . . — — Map (db m223626) HM
Settled 1839 at Glen Eden, a site now under Lake Texoma (N of here). Her husband, early trader Holland Coffee, built fine home. Guests included Robert E. Lee, Ulysses S. Grant, other army officers, 1845-60.
During Civil War, wined and dined . . . — — Map (db m223627) HM
Travis Lodge No. 117, A.F. & A.M., was chartered in 1852. This site was acquired in 1916, although this classical revival temple was not built until 1924. Designed by local architects John Tulloch and the firm of Clyce & Rolfe, the building features . . . — — Map (db m223640) HM
In the mid-19th century, mail traffic between the eastern United States and the western states and territories was accomplished via Panama and Cape Horn. In 1857, Congress authorized the postmaster to contract a new overland mail service. The . . . — — Map (db m73214) HM
This congregation traces its beginnings to the late 1850s, when pioneer minister Benjamin Franklin Hall came to this area to preach and organize a church. Early meeting places included a brush arbor and a Union meeting house at the local Masonic . . . — — Map (db m223635) HM
From pioneer log cabins to a native Texas limestone structure, Grayson County courthouses have taken many shapes and sizes since the county's establishment in 1846. The first courthouse, a frame building on bald prairie a few miles west of the . . . — — Map (db m73211) HM
After training in the mortuary sciences in Chicago, John C. Dannel moved with his new wife, Flossie Louella Wade, to Sherman, Texas, where he purchased the Sherman Undertaking Company. John’s father had owned and operated an undertaking parlor in . . . — — Map (db m223652) HM
In May 1861, a frontier unit was organized at Camp Reeves in Sherman. Drawing volunteers from Cooke, Grayson, Hopkins, Red River, Fannin, Collin, Titus and Bowie counties, the regiment began with nearly 900 men and officers. Initially led by the . . . — — Map (db m73248) HM
After the Sherman Division of the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Texas was established in 1902, plans were made to construct this building to serve the court and the postal service. U. S. Treasury Department Supervising . . . — — Map (db m73399) HM
First congregation of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South in Sherman. Established in 1859 with the Rev. J. M. Binkley, pastor, the church was born of labors of circuit riders who braved this frontier area even before the county was organized. The . . . — — Map (db m223636) HM
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 . . . — — Map (db m73242) HM
Military, defense and supply center in the Civil War. 11th Tex. Cav. Regt. raised in this and area counties, May 1861. Removed immediate danger from North by capture [of] Forts Washita, Cobb, Arbuckle in Indian Territory. Beef for these posts . . . — — Map (db m223632) HM
Former Missourian and Civil War veteran Rufus Gaines Hall established a Sherman dry goods store in 1868. The company prospered, in part because it sent 30 notion wagons to sell supplies to settlers on rural farms across 13 counties in North . . . — — Map (db m73390) HM
Opened law practice here, 1884. Became an assistant attorney general of Texas, 1893. Won election, 1897, to Railroad Commission; served 26 years — 16 years as
chairman. The commission had been created in 1891 to regulate shipping rates and . . . — — Map (db m201821) HM
Used extensively throughout WW2
468# Gross Weight
Range: 3,075 Yds.
Impact Burst: 40 Yds.
Restoration completed April 2004
due to the efforts of:
Red River Valley
Chapter of the MVPA
(Military Vehicle . . . — — Map (db m73234) HM WM
Established in 1875 as North Texas Female College, a finishing school for young ladies, and operated by North Texas Annual Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. Recharted 1919 as a junior college and music conservatory; renamed in . . . — — Map (db m223637) HM
Built before 1897, this Victorian house was designed by German-born John Tollouch and occupied by hardware merchant George E. Hardwicke (1855-1923) until 1899. The property was purchased in 1902 by Dupont Lyon (1876-1946), then an officer in the U. . . . — — Map (db m223639) HM
One of the oldest banks in North Texas. Replaced Sherman's "Pecan Tree Bank"; for 22 years traders hung saddlebags filled with gold on tree's branches. Bank was founded in 1872 with $150,000 capital when city was 26 years old.
Promoted growth . . . — — Map (db m223642) HM
Edward Metz (1854-1913) came to Texas from Michigan as a young man to join his brother, Charles, in a leather goods business. In the 1870s, they built a profitable trade, buying buffalo hides and other furs from Indian tribes in Oklahoma to sell to . . . — — Map (db m223643) HM
The Ninth Texas Cavalry consisted of about 1,000 mounted volunteers from Grayson, Tarrant, Hunt, Hopkins, Cass, Red River, Titus, and Lamar counties. They gathered about 15 miles northwest of here at Brogdon's Springs on October 2, 1861, and . . . — — Map (db m73243) HM
Erected in 1875. Third meeting place for Sherman Lodge #45 since organization Sept. 27, 1854. Center of community activity; opened a school (74 students) 11 years before first city public school. At June 21, 1862 meeting all members except one . . . — — Map (db m223645) HM
A subscription library was established in Sherman in 1901 and housed in a rented room. In 1911, the city submitted a request to the Andrew Carnegie Foundation and received $20,000 for a library. This lot was purchased in 1912 for $2500 and plans . . . — — Map (db m223646) HM
Peter Wagener Grayson was born in 1788 in Bardstown, Virginia (later part of Kentucky) to Benjamin and Caroline (Taylor) Grayson, members of a politically prominent family. He served in the War of 1812 and worked in Louisville as an attorney, . . . — — Map (db m73251) HM
One of the most festive events in Sherman's early history, Theodore Roosevelt's 1905 appearance here marked the first visit of a President of the United States to Grayson County.
Traveling to San Antonio to attend a reunion of the . . . — — Map (db m73236) HM
In the early 1920s, as the Little Theater movement was developing in Texas, a group of Sherman citizens formed a community theater to present dramatic productions to local audiences. In December 1925, Sherman joined the growing ranks of Texas cities . . . — — Map (db m223649) HM
In the 1870s, a joint stock company was organized to construct a hotel in Sherman. One of the largest stockholders was Judge C.C. Binkley, a community leader for whom the hotel would be named. Binkley was also president of the Merchants and . . . — — Map (db m73402) HM
This school for boys, founded in 1871, was officially known as the Sherman Private School, but informally as "The Cap'n's. It was established and run by former Confederate Army Captain John H. LeTellier (1842-1913), who was born and educated (at . . . — — Map (db m223638) HM
Formerly a 3-story Victorian structure with twin cupolas. Built by Capt. L. F. Ely, who made the bricks in his city factory.
Lavish interior had carpeted aisle, damask curtains and red plush seats. Benches in economy section were called the . . . — — Map (db m73404) HM
The first recorded mass in Sherman took place in 1872, and three years later Bishop Claude Dubuis of the Diocese of Galveston created a parish here and sent the Rev. Louis Granger to serve as first pastor. A wooden chapel housed worship services . . . — — Map (db m223650) HM
[Millstone marker text is damaged]
Marcy's California Trail 1849
Butterfield Trail 1858
Rededicated [November 22,] 2013
Moved and restored by
Love Monument Company
in cooperation with
Judge Drew Bynum
and . . . — — Map (db m73220) HM
under the auspices of the Ex-Confederate Association of Grayson Co. Tex.
Organized July 21, 1888
Mildred Lee Camp U.C.V. May 21, 1892.
Sacred to the memory of our Confederate Dead: true patriots. They fought for home and . . . — — Map (db m73252) HM
In the late afternoon of Friday, May 15, 1896, a disastrous tornado swept Sherman, killing about 66 persons, injuring many others, and causing severe property damage. The twister touched down near here, then cut a 2-mile-long path through the city. . . . — — Map (db m223633) HM
Completed in 1920, this classical revival sanctuary first served the congregation of the Walnut Street Church of Christ. Known as Travis Street Church of Christ since 1963, when it moved to a new site, the congregation has ties to the 1850s. Members . . . — — Map (db m223647) HM
In 1875 Solon Totten (1847-1932) made two horseback trips to Texas from Quincy, Ilinois, searching for better conditions for the family blacksmith business. Finding stage companies operating out of Sherman which required blacksmith services, he . . . — — Map (db m223648) HM
The U.S. Congress chartered the Boy Scouts of America organization in 1910. Just two years later, three Van Alstyne boys, Rowland Barnett, Otis White and Rae Nunnallee, received a Boy Scout storybook. Barnett made a Christmas wish and, in March . . . — — Map (db m194740) HM
A pioneer leader of North Texas and signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence, Collin McKinney was born in New Jersey, a son of Scottish immigrant parents. In 1780 the family moved to Kentucky and in 1824 McKinney migrated across the Red River . . . — — Map (db m194697) HM
The predecessor of this church, the first Disciples of Christ congregation in Texas, was founded during the winter of 1841-1842 at McKinney's Landing in Bowie County near the Texas-Arkansas border.
Collin McKinney, pioneer settler and Signer . . . — — Map (db m73145) HM
Outgrowth of Liberty Class, formed 1847 for Bible study and worship, in log cabin of Jim Creager (1.25 mi. S) by the Rev. Joab Biggs, of the Dallas Methodist Circuit, and M. F. Cole. In 1855, after a rainstorm that detained quarterly conference . . . — — Map (db m73149) HM
Constituted on June 5, 1875, this lodge was organized in the early Grayson County community of Farmington (5 mi. SW). Members voted to move the lodge to Howe in 1887, after the earlier settlement was bypassed by the railroad. In Howe, the first . . . — — Map (db m194721) HM
The organizational meeting for this Masonic Lodge was held on Feb.7, 1857, on the second story of H.N. Walcott's store building in the village of Mantua (2 mi. SW). With District Deputy Grand Master J.J. Harrison officiating, the first meeting was . . . — — Map (db m194731) HM
In 1889 an association composed of merchants and landowners from the Van Alstyne area saw the need for quality education and established Columbia College. The school served all grades through college level, emphasizing vocational training as well as . . . — — Map (db m194732) HM
The town of Mantua was established about 3 miles southwest of here in 1854. Mantua prospered but was unexpectedly bypassed in 1873 when the Houston and Texas Central Railway (H&TC) extended its track through this area instead. That year a depot . . . — — Map (db m73151) HM
Founded 1850 by James R. and John Diamond, joined later by their brother George, who had founded paper that today is Houston "Post." Station, 1858-1861, on Butterfield Stage Line. The Diamond brothers were political leaders and active in Texas . . . — — Map (db m96726) HM
The Diamond Station was a stop along the nearly 700 mile stretch across the Lone Star State for the Butterfield Overland Mail Stage Line Company. The Butterfield Overland Mail Company held the U.S. Mail contract for the first cross-country trek from . . . — — Map (db m96733) HM
Diamond Cemetery purchased in 1998 by Carroll and Billie Hagan Brown and restored as Pioneer Park. With the assistance of George Rains, the Browns developed this site as a tribute to the founding pioneers of Whitesboro. Maintained as a park and . . . — — Map (db m96742) HM
Settlers moved to this site after Ambrose B. White (1811-83) camped here on his way west from Illinois in 1848. His inn here was on the Butterfield Stage route after 1858. The post office, opened in 1860, was named for White, who surveyed (1869) the . . . — — Map (db m96694) HM