Sherman, Grayson County, Texas

Sherman, Grayson County, Texas

City Hall in the City of Sherman, seat of Grayson County, Texas. Photograph by Michael Barera.

Sherman is in central Grayson County seventy-five miles north of Dallas on U.S. Highway 75. The city is also intersected by U.S. Highway 82, State highways 11 and 56, and the tracks of the Missouri, Kansas and Texas, Southern Pacific, and Burlington Northern rail lines. The community, which is in the center of the county, was designated as county seat by the act that established the county on March 17, 1846. Thomas J. Shannon was one of the first settlers in the area. The town was named for Gen. Sidney Sherman, a hero of the Texas Revolution and one of the state's earliest railroad promoters. A log courthouse was among the first buildings constructed in Sherman, and settlers soon began moving into the new community, which grew rapidly as a merchandising center. A post office began operating in 1847. The town originally was on a hill just west of its present location. In 1848 Sherman was relocated to a site three miles east of the original location. By 1852 400 people lived in Sherman, which "consisted of a row of clapboard business buildings along the east side of the public square," and, among other things, two saloons, a district clerk's office, a doctor's office, and a church. By the end of the decade the town had incorporated and was a stop on the Butterfield Overland Mail route through Texas.

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
43,645 2020 United States Census Bureau
44,192 2019 Texas Demographic Center
38,521 2010 United States Census Bureau
35,082 2000 United States Census Bureau
31,584 1990 United States Census Bureau
30,413 1980 United States Census Bureau
29,061 1970 United States Census Bureau
24,988 1960 United States Census Bureau
20,150 1950 United States Census Bureau
17,156 1940 United States Census Bureau
15,713 1930 United States Census Bureau
15,031 1920 United States Census Bureau
12,412 1910 United States Census Bureau
10,243 1900 United States Census Bureau
7,335 1890 United States Census Bureau
6,093 1880 United States Census Bureau
1,439 1870 United States Census Bureau