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Farmersville Texas, a History


Starting out

  Farmersville originated 1849 as a settlement on the Jefferson-McKinney Road, and near the Republic of Texas National Road. It was a trading center for the farmers who were rapidly settling the area and named by pioneers for their chief occupation.

Location

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  Farmersville is positioned 33.16 degrees north of the equator and 96.35 degrees west of the prime meridian. In more local terms, that's about the intersection of Hwy 380 and Hwy 78. In a straight line, the distance from Farmersville to Washington DC is about 1195 miles. It's about 213 miles to the state capital as the crow flies.

 

Post Office and Trains

  The Farmersville post office was established in 1857, with Thomas E. Sherwood as its first postmaster.

  In the early days the settlement was a major railroad shipping point for cattle and bois d'arc posts. In later years cotton, corn, and maize became major crops, along with onions and cantaloupes.

Education

  The City of Farmersville is served by the Farmersville Independent School District.


Through Time

  After 1854, the Yearys and their neighbors of Sugar Hill (2 mi. NE) began relocating here. Dr. H.M. Markham, practicing here by 1855, is said to have been Collin County's earliest physician. The first Methodist Church was organized in 1856. William Gotcher on March 4, 1859, donated land for the public square. A school was operating as early as the 1860s. The first Baptist Church was organized on May 14, 1865. Farmersville was incorporated on June 2, 1873. John S. Rike became the first mayor. Farmersville is a charter member city of the North Texas Municipal Water District and owner of its own electrical system. In the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s, Farmersville was known as the "Onion Capital of North Texas"

Notable current and former residents of Farmersville:

Audie Murphy
Audie Murphy, the most decorated American Hero of World War II, had been a resident of Farmersville before he entered the United States Army. A famed actor, songwriter and the United States' most decorated combat soldier of World War II, he was not born in Farmersville as is popular belief.
Tex Watson
Watson was an American murderer best known for his involvement in the murder of Sharon Tate and her unborn child. He grew up in Farmersville.

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Sources: Wikipedia Handbook of Texas Online, s.v. Collin County, Texas Texas Education Agency U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Lavon Lake Flags of the World Texas Association of Counties Key to the City The Shadowlands

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