Sherman, Texas

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Sherman, Texas
Sherman in 1891
Sherman in 1891
"Classic Town. Broad Horizon"
Location of Sherman, Texas
Location of Sherman, Texas
Coordinates: 33°38′28″N 96°36′36″W / 33.64111°N 96.61000°W / 33.64111; -96.61000Coordinates: 33°38′28″N 96°36′36″W / 33.64111°N 96.61000°W / 33.64111; -96.61000
CountryUnited StatesUnited States
 • TypeCouncil-Manager
 • City CouncilMayor Cary Wacker
Ryan Johnson
Jason Sofey
Joe N. Smith
Robert G. Softly
Deputy Mayor Pamela L. Howeth
 • City ManagerGeorge Olson
 • City38.6 sq mi (100.0 km2)
 • Land38.5 sq mi (99.8 km2)
 • Water0.1 sq mi (0.2 km2)
735 ft (224 m)
 • City38,521
 • Density977.5/sq mi (384.8/km2)
 • Metro
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP codes
Area code(s)903
FIPS code48-67496[1]
GNIS feature ID1368131[2]

Sherman is a city in northern Texas near Dallas and Oklahoma. It is the county seat of Grayson County.[3][4]

History[change | change source]

Sherman was created in 1846 by the Texas legislature.[5] The city got its name from General Sydney Sherman.[6] He was a military hero during the Texas Revolution.

The city of Sherman had some human and environmental problems over the years. For example, a huge tornado happened in 1896.[7][8] A race riot, which is a type of violent protest, happened in 1930 after a black man was accused of raping a white woman. People from the town burned the man in his jail cell and took his body into the streets. The people also burned down the black business district.[9]

However, Sherman continued to grow, especially when an Army Air Field for pilot training, Perrin Air Force Base, was built there in 1941. Perrin Field was closed in 1971.[10]

Present[change | change source]

Sherman is about 65 miles north of Dallas at the intersection of U.S. Highway 75 and U.S. Highway 82. It has a number of public schools and colleges. It even has its own symphony orchestra, which is not common for a city of its size. Manufacturing is a big part of the local economy. Also, several national companies have plants in Sherman. It is a good city for tourism and international students.

References[change | change source]

  1. "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  2. "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. "Sherman (Texas, United States) - Britannica Online Encyclopedia". Retrieved 2011-12-01.
  4. "Grayson County, Texas". Retrieved 2011-12-01.
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  6. "Communities KTEN Serves - Sherman Denison Ardmore News Weather Sports". Retrieved 2011-12-01.
  7. "Sherman, TX Tornado, May 1896 - Death Rode the Gale, part 1 | GenDisasters ... Genealogy in Tragedy, Disasters, Fires, Floods". 2007-11-15. Retrieved 2011-12-01.
  8. "Tornado decimates Texas town — This Day in History — 5/15/1896". Retrieved 2011-12-01.
  9. "A Painful Present as Historians Confront a Nation's Bloody Past". World History Archives. 2000-02-22. Retrieved 2011-12-02.
  10. "Brief History of Perrin Air Force Base". Perrin Field Historical Society. 2004-07-01. Retrieved 2011-12-02.