City of Denison, Grayson County, Texas

City of Denison, Grayson County, Texas

City of Denison in Grayson County, Texas. Photograph by Renelibrary.

Denison is on U.S. highways 75 and 69 seven miles north of Sherman in northeastern Grayson County. In the early 1870s William Benjamin Munson, Sr., and R. S. Stevens bought land in the area and prepared for the arrival of the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railroad (the Katy). The townsite was laid out in the summer of 1872 and named for the vice president of the Katy, George Denison. The first train arrived on Christmas Eve. The town had over 3,000 residents by the summer of 1873, when it incorporated. Although Main Street appeared to be an orderly collection of businesses, the surrounding area consisted of a tent city, inhabited by bars, gambling halls, and houses of prostitution.

Adapted from the official Handbook of Texas, a state encyclopedia developed by the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA). It is an authoritative source of trusted historical records.

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Population Counts

Pop. Year Source
25,631 2019 Texas Demographic Center
22,682 2010 Texas Demographic Center
22,773 2000 Texas Demographic Center
21,505 1990 Texas Demographic Center
23,884 1980 Texas Demographic Center
24,923 1970 Texas Demographic Center
22,748 1960 Texas Demographic Center
17,504 1950 Texas Demographic Center
15,581 1940 Texas Demographic Center
13,850 1930 Texas Demographic Center
17,065 1920 Texas Demographic Center
13,632 1910 Texas Demographic Center
11,807 1900 Texas Demographic Center
10,958 1890 Texas Demographic Center
3,975 1880 Texas Demographic Center