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Books About Grayson County, Sherman, Pottsboro, Denison and Ghost Towns.
Fascinating Stories about Amazing People and Places in Sherman, Pottsboro, Denison, Van Alstyne, Preston Bend and Ghost Towns in Grayson County

Books about Grayson County Texas

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The Old Country Store in NW Grayson County Texas

Remember the old country stores. and, some in-town "mom-and-pop" neighborhood stores? Revisit those nostalgic days in this book about the Old Country Stores in northwestern Grayson County from the earliest days until now . . . Read more Look inside

Red River Hauntings - TRUE Ghost Stories of Grayson County Texas....and Southern Oklahoma and Other Strange and Scary Tales Volume 2: Including North Texas and Southern Oklahoma

by Natalie Clountz Bauman

The ghost stories and strange tales in this book and the previous volume, are not just fun scary stories, they are also part of our history. Many of these true ghost stories also contain a great deal of this area’s past. While we are reading and enjoying the interesting tales, we are learning about the past. Who said history has to be boring, right? . . . Read more Look inside

The Life and Times of Grayson County, Texas

by R. C. Vaughan

Quantrill's Raiders In North Texas and Grayson County Texas: Including Bloody Bill Anderson And The James Younger Gang

by Natalie Clountz Bauman

When one thinks of William Quantrill, Bloody Bill Anderson, and men like the James and Younger Brothers, they may automatically think of Missouri and Kansas. But Quantrill’s Raiders are a fascinating part of Grayson County and North Texas history as well. This book will attempt to explore their activities in North Texas, both during, and after the Civil War . . . Read more Look inside

The Poor Farm: of Grayson County, Texas

A place vanished from many record books was a home to many residents of Grayson County, Texas...it was, The Poor Farm. Follow the colorful history of this eventful place from its beginning to its end. The County Farm of Grayson County, like other County Poor Farms, provided a home for the needy and less fortunate. From times of peace, prosperity and production, to Edna Gladney's famous march on the dire circumstances that surrounded the county farm of Grayson County. Trace the intimate history of many of the residents . . . Read more Look inside

Texoma Tales - Volume One: Stories of the People of Northwestern Grayson County

Cattlemen, Farmers, Sailors and Pioneers - CONTENTS -Erwin Smith, Texoma’s Own Western Photographer Pg 4- 8 - Cattle Ranching Pg 9-10 - Hudgins Ranch Pg 11-17 - Edward Younger E.Y. Goode, Cowman Pg 18-44- Bill Goode, Deputy and the Sherman Riot Pg 45-59- Kimberlin Ranch Pg 60-66 - Olive Ann Oatman, Emigrant, Indian Captive, Rancher’s Wife Pg 67-82- Memories of Indian Territory in 1887 Pg 83-84- Pioneer Holder Family Pg 84-91- Pottsboro Postmaster Pg 92-93 - Pottsboro Man on USS Indianapolis Pg 94-96- Stories About the Good Ole Days in Pottsboro in the 40s by Connie Bedgood . . . Read more Look inside

Red River Women (Women of the West)

During the Victorian era (1837-1901), many women took the best and worse of Texas and not only endured, but thrived. Author Sherrie McLeRoy profiles eight of these women who shared a simple link of geography by living on the bawdy, brawling Red River for at least some critical part of their years . . . Read more

When the West Was Wild in Delaware Bend - Volume 5: Horse Theft and Murder on the Red River Bend in Grayson & Cooke County Texas

by Natalie Clountz Bauman

Horse Theft and Murder on the Bend of the Red River in Grayson and Cooke County, Texas. When The West Was Wild in Delaware Bend, Orlena, Coesfield and Dexter. A lot of people think Denison or Sherman were wild towns in the Old West days, but the area this book covers may have had them beat. Out in extreme northwestern Grayson County, and northeastern Cooke County, a war was being waged just south of the Red River between outlaws and the lawmen trying to keep order: Delaware Bend, Orlena, Coesfield and Dexter . . . Read more Look inside

A Lone Star Cowboy: Being Fifty Years’ Experience in the Saddle as Cowboy, Detective and New Mexico Ranger

"In the early 1870s the State of Texas had made a deal with Gunter and Munson, of Sherman, Texas, to survey most of the Texas Panhandle. Their pay being a deed to every third section (640 acres) of land. There being about twenty-five counties in the Panhandle, you can imagine the number of sections these two Sherman lawyers owned  . . . " Read more Look inside

The Trail Drivers of Texas: Interesting Sketches of Early Cowboys

These are the chronicles of the trail drivers of Texas those rugged men and, sometimes, women who drove cattle and horses up the trails from Texas to northern markets in the late 1800s.

"I was born in Sherman, Grayson County, Texas January 29th, 1865, and left home in Sherman in the spring of 1881, when a lad sixteen years of age, and worked for Suggs Brothers on the IS Ranch, near the mouth of Beaver Creek, in the Chickasaw Nation, about 25 miles north of Montague ." . . . Read more Look inside

The Ranger Ideal Volume 2: Texas Rangers in the Hall of Fame, 1874-1930

"Horse theft was already rampant in Grayson and the adjacent counties by the spring of 1873, when Hall faced a notorious practitioner of that trade and two comrades, all heavily armed, on the banks of the Red River. The two companions threw down their weapons and fled, while the horse thief surrendered rather than test Hall's marksmanship. on On May 15, Hall, already known as " . . . Read more Look inside

Remembering Mattie: A Pioneer Woman's Legacy of Grit

Traveling in covered wagons and by train, young Martha Jane Smith and her family left Texas in the early 1900s. Determination was ignited early in Mattie's life-beginning with a rattlesnake bite that meant almost certain death in those days. When Mattie was eleven, her mother died. When Mattie was 22, her husband died from the Spanish Flu. A second marriage produced three sons; the first died one day before his first birthday.

" Savanna and husband, Levi Edge, had come to Grayson County The Edges' had five daughters -- Margaret, Nancy, Sallie, Harriet and Martha (Mattie) Levi Edge died when Mattie was about a year old" . . . Read more Look inside

Legendary Ladies of Texas

This is an exploration of Texas women and the conflicting images and myths that have grown up about them.

Found Inside: "Not far from Warren was the home to which Coffee had brought his bride and it was hardly her idea of a honeymoon cottage. It was more fort than home--a hundred-foot-square building of logs that served both as house and trading post. Located not far from present town of Denison in Grayson County, it overlooked the Red River. The trading post had prospered because it was near a cut in the bluff that formed a natural chute for herding cattle . . . " Read more Look inside

Texas Cowboys: Memories of the Early Days

The thirty-three Depression-era interviews presented here were culled from the WPA-Federal Writers' Project. They faithfully show how old-time Texas cowhands lived and how they felt about their glamour-less existence. "About the first thing I done in the line of work after I reached the Turkey Track was to go with some other cow puncher over to the T-Anchor, Colonel Jot's other ranch in Elm Flats in Grayson County " ... Read more Look inside

Cow Boys and Cattle Men: Class and Masculinities on the Texas Frontier, 1865-1900

"Henry Sanborn arrived in Sherman, Texas in 1875 and set up a demonstration ranch in Grayson County. He only sold a small amount of wire at first, but anticipating a large market among ranchers, he ordered more shipped to Texas and imported an additional salesman, Jud Warner, based in Austin. The following year Sanborn and Warner began to push . . . Read more Look inside

The Encyclopedia of Lawmen, Outlaws, and Gunfighters

"Quantrill's raids made him as feared and as despised the South as the North. His querrillas rode into Sherman, Texas, killing Confederates as well as Unionist, an act that on March 31, 1864 got him arrested by Gen. Henry McCulloch. Quantrill broke out of confinement . . ." Read more

Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves. Texas Narratives, Part 2

"Betty Farrow, 90.. "bout three years 'for de war marster sol' his plantation for to go to Texas. I 'members de day we'uns started in three covered wagon, all loaded. "Twas celebration day for us chillun. We travels from daylight to dark, 'cept to feed and res'' the mules at noon. I don' rec'lec' how long we was on de way, bet 'twas long time and 'twarn't no celebration towards de las'. After wile we comes to Sherman, in Texas, to our new farm . . . Read more

The Texas Calaboose and Other Forgotten Jails

Found Inside: " Larger cages were also used as mobile jails. One example is a metal cage on the grounds of the Grayson County Frontier Village in Denison that was used to transport road gangs to and from work  ... " Read more Look inside

Grayson County Ghost Towns
Ghost Towns of Texoma - Georgetown, Fink and Reevesville: The Lost Towns of Grayson CountyTexas

274 pages of information, maps, stories, pictures and newspaper articles found nowhere else concerning the Ghost Towns of Georgetown, Fink and Reevesville in northwestern Grayson County . . . Read more Look inside

Ghost Towns of Texoma - Hagerman

by Natalie Clountz Bauman

This book has the history of the town of Hagerman, and the subsequent Hagerman Wildlife Refuge from the late 1800s to the present . . . Read more Look inside

Ghost Towns of Texoma - Locust & Mill Springs, Willow Springs & Overton

Examines the history of the Locust community and Willow Springs west of Pottsboro in Grayson County. Locust is a little-known ghost town by many people in Grayson County today. However, for the people of northwestern Grayson County, west of Pottsboro, Locust was one of those places that was small in size, but loomed large in the people’s hearts. It was “community” in the true sense of the word and everyone there, though not all related by blood, nevertheless considered each other family. People helped each other when work needed doing, or when tragedy struck or hard times were at hand. . . . Read more Look inside

Ghost Towns of Texoma - Martin Springs and Mineral Springs: The Lost Towns of Grayson CountyTexas

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Denison
Downtown Denison, Texas: A History of Denison's Commercial District

Denison, Texas has one of the most unique and historic downtowns of any city in Texas. For over a century, Main Street and the downtown core have been the civic and commercial center for the city. This work seeks to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Denison's induction into the Texas Main Street City program. The book traces the history of Denison's downtown structures and chronicles different efforts and improvements that have been made to downtown. Featuring memories from local citizens and business owners . . . Read more Look inside

When The West Was Wild In Denison, Texas

by Natalie Clountz Bauman

The second in the series "When the West Was Wild in....." The first was about Pottsboro, Texas. This one is about its close neighbor just to the east, Denison, Texas. This book will cover the days from Denison’s beginning, through the Wild West days of the late 1800s until the dawn of the twentieth century. Are you ready for some stories about swindlers, lawmen, outlaws and regular folks having a bad day? . . . Read more Look inside

Lives in Photography: Denison, Texas, 1872-1999

Photographers were among the colorful characters who populated the American West and documented its history. The small North Texas town of Denison was a crossroads where several railroads met, a place where travelers and settlers found adventure, made fortunes—and had their portraits made. Founded in 1872, Denison was the "Gate City" to Texas, carved out of the prairie just south of Indian Territory. The town grew and prospered . . . Read more Look inside

Frontier Denison, Texas

In 1872, the MK&T Railroad crossed the Red River into Texas and created the town of Denison as a railhead for a new frontier territory. Cattle drovers soon arrived with their herds, and settlers crowded onto trains bound for Texas. This book brings to life the vibrant energy of those early years—the rowdy nightlife, memorable characters, nascent cultural institutions, investment opportunities, schools, churches, and a rapidly filling cemetery. Illustrated . . . Read more Look inside

Ghosts of the Gate City: Hauntings in Denison, Texas

Denison, hailed as the Gate City of Texas, has one of the most unique and varied histories in the state. The young and wild town on the western frontier grew into one of the most important cities along the Katy Railroad. Cowboys, bandits, and murderers made their homes alongside Southern belles and professional businessmen, creating a melting pot of different cultures . . . Read more Look inside

Theater Row : Movie Palaces of Denison, Texas

As Billy Holcomb shows in this book, from the days of vaudeville to the era of mall cinemas, Denisonians have seen dozens of these theaters open and close. This book documents the progressive loss, through neglect or purposeful demolition, of Denison's cultural heritage . . . Read more

Katy's baby: The story of Denison, Texas

Fascinating history of Denison, Texas: how it was founded by the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad because of its location on the Red River, how it grew to be an important railroad junction (with the Houston & Texas Central), and has been home to notable citizens including Pres. Dwight D. Eisenhower and Sam Rayburn. Illustrated throughout with black and white photos . . . Read more

Two Schools on Main Street: The Pride of Denison, Texas, 1873 - 2007

by Mavis Anne Bryant and Donna Hord Hunt

History of Denison High School along with Class Yearbook Photographs for years 1911 - 1954 - battle to save building . . . Look closer

Red River Hauntings Volume Four - Haunted History and Ghost Stories of Denison, Texas

by Natalie Clountz Bauman

No one thinks of Denison as a ghost town. It is a vibrant city. In a way, the Denison of the old days has passed away, purged by fire; and a sleeker, more beautiful new Phoenix has always risen from the ashes, stronger than before! - So the old Denison, has a ghostly past, a past rooted in the colorful Wild West days and many of these stories start there too . . . Read more Look inside

Land, Money, Law, Tycoons: Denison, Texas, in 1900

In 1901, a book entitled INDUSTRIAL DENISON documented the finest homes, commercial buildings, store interiors, and landscapes of Denison, Texas. Just emerging from its past as a frontier railroad boomtown, Denison was on the brink of the largest growth spurt in its history  . . . Read more Look inside

Denison High School Yearbooks
Sherman
Sherman

Sherman was founded in 1846, but because of a lack of wood and water, the town moved east to its present location in 1848. The county seat of Grayson County, Sherman was named for Gen. Sidney Sherman, a hero of the Texas Revolution. From the beginning, Sherman was known as an educational center and was nicknamed "The Athens of Texas." The home of Kidd-Key Conservatory of Music, Mary Nash College, North Texas Male and Female Academy, Carr-Burdette College, and today the prestigious Austin College, Sherman has long been an educational mecca. Sherman was incorporated in 1858, the same year the Butterfield-Overland Stage arrived . . . Read more Look inside

100 Years 100 Yards the Story of Austin College Football
Sherman, Texas. Indelible Photographs
1944 Yearbook: Sherman High School, Sherman, Texas

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Pottsboro
When the West Was Wild Volume 4 Crime and Calamity in Pottsboro, Texas

by Natalie Clountz Bauman

Read about some of the difficult and Wild Times in Pottsboro, laugh and cry and remember when the West Was Wild in Pottsboro!

CONTENTS: Icons of the Wild West in Pottsboro, Early Trouble Around Pottsboro, Thieves, Robbers, Rustlers and Lawmen in Pottsboro, Murder Most Foul in Pottsboro, Railroad Disasters Calamities . . . Read more Look inside

When The West Was Wild in Pottsboro Texas

by Natalie Clountz Bauman

I will try to present aspects of Pottsboro area history that is not well known and in a different way that I hope you find interesting, informative and entertaining. My purpose for this book will not be to re-hash everything what has been written before in other books. When I was young, I used to think the most entertaining thing to do in Pottsboro was sit around and watch the hubcaps rust on Daddy’s old truck. We may think our area and town is boring, or maybe we look at it as being peaceful. But in the not so distant past, this western town, and its outskirts, were truly . . . Read more Look inside

Pottsboro Texas and Lake Texoma Then and Now Volume One

by Natalie Clountz Bauman

This is the second edition of the book with updated articles and additions. It is the black and white version which is less expensive. This is a good introduction to the rest of my books. Contents: Timeline of Pottsboro’s Pioneer Days Earliest Days – Preston Bend – Holland Coffee to Quantrill, Pottsboro’s Christening; Preston Road and The Cattle Drives; Icons of the West in Pottsboro; Pottsboro’s Pioneer Schools; Case of the Disappearing School - Riverside; Frosty Fourth of July at Flowing Wells; Snow and Ice Events in Pottsboro; Hagerman – Memories of our Atlantis; Hagerman – Then and Now; “In Loving Memory” -Voices from . . . Read more Look inside

School Days Around Pottsboro Texas 1850-1978

by Natalie Clountz Bauman

Tons of information and photographs of all of Northwestern Grayson County and especially the Pottsboro area's school from the 1850s to the 1970s. There are stories about the 1972 championship basketball team, the 1977-78 football team, many pages of the old Cardinal Courier newspaper from 1977 and 1978, it has the rare 1965 Georgetown school yearbook . . . Read more Look inside

Cook Flippin Clay Bryant Family History - From Tennessee to Pottsboro Texas

Explores the Cook, Flippin, Clay, and Bryant Family History From Tennessee to Bosque County Texas to Pottsboro in Grayson County Texas. Second Edition - contains 2014 family reunion photos at Georgetown church . . . Read more Look inside

Van Alstyne
Van Alstyne (Images of America)

Images of America: Van Alstyne relates the story of a Texas town born in an era when small-town life was deeply ingrained in America. Founded by 1873, Van Alstyne is a close-knit, patriotic, religious, hardworking, and progressive-minded community. Surrounded by prime farmland, Van Alstyne thrived as a center for cotton ginning. In addition to railroad service, a far-ranging interurban line enhanced Van Alstyne's transportation system for 40 years. The Van Alstyne Grays, a semiprofessional team . . . Read more Look inside

1974 Yearbook: Van Alstyne High School, Van Alstyne, Texas

 

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Preston Bend
Gone With The Water ... The Saga of Preston Bend and Glen Eden

by Natalie Clountz Bauman

Everyone and every place has a story - a saga. Old Preston Bend, its people and the grand house that came to exemplify Preston – Glen Eden – were no exception. The Saga of Preston Bend and Glen Eden is a very interesting tale. It is full of grand success and failures to match. As most interesting tales are, it is a very old story - one that never really had a definite . . . Read more Look inside

Crime and Calamity at Preston Bend: When The West Was Wild

by Natalie Clountz Bauman

When The West Was Wild In Preston Bend!- Wild and Wooly Days in Preston - 1. Murders at the Old Preston Bend - 2. Other Crimes in Preston Bend- 3. The Storms of Life…Didn’t Pass Preston Bend By – Natural Disasters - 4. Calamities & Accidents Plague Preston Bend - 5. Just Plain Weird! - 6. The Spirit of Crime - Moonshining . . . Read more Look inside

 

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