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Grayson County, Texas Information
Grayson County, Texas has its county seat in Sherman and it was founded in 1846, and named for a Texas attorney general, Peter Wagener Grayson. As of the 2010 census, the population was 120,877.
The earliest known inhabitants of what is now Grayson County were Caddo Amerindian groups, including Tonkawa, Ionis, and Kichai. These groups engaged in agriculture and traded with Spanish and French colonists at trading posts along the Red River. Trading posts were established at Preston Bend on the Red River, Warren, and Pilot Grove during 1836 and 1837. After the establishment of the Peters Colony in the early 1840s, settlement near the Red River increased. Grayson County was created from Fannin County by the Texas State Legislature on March 17, 1846. In the 1850s, trading and marketing at Preston Bend became more important, as agriculture expanded in the county. This was helped by Preston Road, the first trail in the state. It went from Preston Bend to Austin, Texas. More growth occurred after the establishment of Sherman as station of the Butterfield Overland Mail route in 1856. Opinions in the county about secession were divided. County residents voted by more than two to one in 1861 against secession, desiring to remain in the Union. Men from Grayson County served the Confederacy at locations in the South. The Eleventh Texas Cavalry captured federal forts in the Indian Territory north of the Red River. Grayson County and much of Texas suffered economic depression in the postwar years during the Reconstruction era, based in part on difficulties in reliance on agriculture in the South, adjustments to free labor, and other problems. The driving of cattle herds north along Preston Road provided needed income for the county during this period. After the Houston and Texas Central Railroad and the Missouri, Kansas, and Texas Railroad began operating in the county in 1872, settlement in Grayson County picked up and flourished during the 1870s and 1880s. Cotton plantations were developed to cultivate this as the predominant commodity crop. Many towns, including Denison, Van Alstyne, Howe, Whitewright, Pottsboro, and Tom Bean, were founded during this time. In 1879, a group of settlers who had settled in North Texas both before and after statehood came together in Grayson County for political discussions. They formed the Old Settlers Association of North Texas. The association accepted donations and purchased 26 acres. They continued to meet on an annual basis for many years. On May 15, 1896, a tornado measuring F5 on the Fujita scale struck Sherman. The tornado’s damage path was 400 yards wide and 28 miles long, and it killed 73 people and injured 200. About 50 homes were destroyed, with 20 of them being completely obliterated.
During the Sherman Riot of 1930 (May 9, 1930), Grayson County’s 1876 courthouse was burned down by a white mob that rioted during the trial of George Hughes, an African-American man. When the riot started, Hughes was locked by police in the vault at the courthouse and died in the fire. After rioters retrieved Hughes’ body from the vault, they dragged it behind a car, hanged it, and set afire. Texas Ranger Frank Hamer was in Grayson County during this riot and reported the situation to Texas Governor Dan Moody. Governor Moody sent National Guard troops to Grayson County on May 9 and more on May 10 to control the situation. Grayson County’s current courthouse was completed in 1936. The Bridge War, also called the Red River Bridge War or the Toll Bridge War, was a 1931 bloodless boundary conflict between the U.S. states of Oklahoma and Texas over an existing toll bridge and a new free bridge crossing the Red River between Grayson County, Texas, and Bryan County, Oklahoma. In 1938, construction of a dam on the Red River was authorized by the U.S. Congress. The dam’s construction was completed in part using labor provided by German prisoners-of-war held at Camp Howze, in Cooke County, Texas, during World War II. The dam is now known as Denison Dam. Lake Texoma was formed behind it and is used for recreation, irrigation, and electrical power generation. Perrin Air Force Base was constructed in 1941. The base closure in 1971 was a blow to the county economy. The availability of skilled labor formerly associated with the base helped attract industrial plants. In addition, the base was converted to a civilian airport: North Texas Regional Airport – Perrin Field. The Eisenhower Birthplace State Historic Site, which is the birthplace of Dwight D. Eisenhower in Denison, was acquired and restored in 1952. Since 1993, the site is no longer maintained by the state, because of budget cuts, but it is maintained by a private nonprofit organization. Grayson County is the only county in Texas where “deer may only be hunted with bows, no matter the season”, according to an article by Thomas Phillips in the April 10, 2009, issue of Lone Star Outdoor News.
The total area of the county is 979 square miles, of which 46 square miles is land and three-square miles is water. The county is also home to the nationally protected Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge. Adjacent counties are:
Marshall County, Oklahoma (north)
Bryan County, Oklahoma (northeast)
Fannin County (east)
Collin County (south)
Denton County (southwest)
Cooke County (west)
Love County, Oklahoma (northwest)
Grayson County, Texas Sheriff Information
Sheriff Tom Watt
200 S Crockett St
Sherman, Texas 75090-7170
As of 2013, Grayson County ranked #83 in the state with 995 crimes reported during the year. That equates to 2,787.2 crimes per 100,000.
Thirty-six officers serve an estimated 110,595 individuals.
Grayson County Jail
200 S Crockett St
Sherman, TX 75090
Grayson County Court Information
Grayson County Judge’s Office, Honorable Bill Magers
100 W. Houston
Sherman, Texas 75090
Grayson County Clerk Information
Grayson County Clerk’s Office
Honorable Wilma Bush
Grayson County Courthouse Probation Office
100 W Houston St # 17
Sherman, TX 75090
Grayson County District Clerk’s Office, Honorable Kelly Ashmore
Grayson County Justice Center
District Clerk’s Office
200 S. Crockett Ste. 120A
Sherman, Texas 75090
Fax: (903) 870-0609
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|Grayson County Jail Population Report|
|Data Collected Fri, 24 Jan 2020 00:00:10 UTC from the Texas Commission on Jail Standards|
|Convicted Felons Sentenced County||2|
|Parole Violators New Charge||13|
|Convicted Sjf Sentenced County||0|
|Convicted Sjf Sentenced State||4|
|Percent Of Capacity||77.82|
Grayson County Texas Sheriff Office Address: 200 S Crockett St, Sherman, TX 75090, United States
Sunday, March 29th, 2020 at 9:20pm
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Monday, March 23rd, 2020 at 12:20am
DENSE FOG ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 AM CDT MONDAY…
* WHAT…Visibility one quarter mile or less in dense fog.
* WHERE…Portions of north central, northeast and south central Texas.
* IMPACTS…Poor driving conditions are expected due to reduced visibility. https://t.co/smS2VFC9C2
Thursday, March 19th, 2020 at 7:05pm
SIGNIFICANT WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SOUTHERN GRAYSON COUNTY UNTIL 530 PM
Doppler radar was tracking a strong thunderstorm near Celina, or 15 miles northwest of McKinney, moving northeast at 45 mph.
Nickel size hail and wind gusts up to 50 mph will be possible with this storm https://t.co/ltymcMs3Ua
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