Sherman, Texas

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Sherman, Texas
City
Sherman in 1891
Sherman in 1891
Motto: "Classic Town. Broad Horizon"
Location of Sherman, Texas
Location of Sherman, Texas
Country United StatesUnited States
State TexasTexas
County Grayson
Founded 1846
Government
 • Type Council-Manager
 • City Council Mayor Cary Wacker
Ryan Johnson
Jason Sofey
Joe N. Smith
Robert G. Softly
Deputy Mayor Pamela L. Howeth
 • City Manager George Olson
Area
 • City 38.6 sq mi (100.0 km2)
 • Land 38.5 sq mi (99.8 km2)
 • Water 0.1 sq mi (0.2 km2)
Elevation 735 ft (224 m)
Population (2010)
 • City 38,521
 • Density 977.5/sq mi (384.8/km2)
 • Metro 120,030
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 75090-75092
Area code(s) 903
FIPS code 48-67496[1]
GNIS feature ID 1368131[2]
Website CityOfSherman.com

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". Britannica.com. Retrieved 2011-12-01. 
  4. "Grayson County, Texas". Proagency.tripod.com. Retrieved 2011-12-01. 
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  6. "Communities KTEN Serves - KTEN.com Sherman Denison Ardmore News Weather Sports". Kten.com. Retrieved 2011-12-01. 
  7. "Sherman, TX Tornado, May 1896 - Death Rode the Gale, part 1 | GenDisasters ... Genealogy in Tragedy, Disasters, Fires, Floods". .gendisasters.com. 2007-11-15. Retrieved 2011-12-01. 
  8. "Tornado decimates Texas town — History.com This Day in History — 5/15/1896". History.com. 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.